The thing to remember about the PK is that prior to the last Canucks game, Chicago's PK was top 5 in the league. That ONE game, with so many PPG's, knocked the stuffing out of the Hawks' PK ranking, and unfortunately, it will not take so few successful PKs to balance it out. The PK% is going to be horribly off for a while. If you subtract that one game's result, Chicago's PK otherwise is somewhere around 84% (assuming I'm figuring out the NHL math correctly), which is no longer top 5 but it's not horrific. Chicago's biggest task on this Circus trip, and *especially* tonight in Vancouver, is going to be staying out of the sin bin. Vancouver's converting at 26.7% of their PP, which sounds gut-clenching enough for any opponents. But if you look closely at their scoresheet, 23 of their 55 goals have come on the power play. That's a staggering 41.8%. Just 31 have come on the 5-on-5. Lesson of the day: don't let Vancouver on the PK. Ever.
Very good point in your second graph, and I completely agree. The only issue I have with simply forgetting about one game, one result, one whatever, is the fact that it did actually happen. They did allow five power play goals, and if that's what's throwing off the stats, so be it. While it may be a ridiculous comparison, it's kind of like saying, "Well if we get rid of the losses, the 'Hawks would be undefeated." And really, the PK issues aren't reserved to just one game, it's become a recent trend. From Oct. 7 through Nov. 3, the 'Hawks were killing at a 91.9-percent rate, which is filthy. However, from Nov. 4 to Nov. 13, the 'Hawks have allowed 10 power-play goals in six games, killing at a 44.4-percent rate, which is downright disgusting. Partially, all Vancouver did in the previous meeting was expose a problem which already existed. If the 'Hawks can either stay out of the box or kill off the penalties they take, hopefully that will turn things around for them for the rest of the trip.