CHICAGO – To listen Joel Quenneville coach and captain Jonathan Toews Jersey talk about it, the Chicago Blackhawks are overcoming their fears of early season.

But for a franchise that has won three Stanley Cups since 2010, who readily admit that there is still much room for improvement.

Almost three weeks after the season, the penalty killing unit Blackhawks has been abysmal, allowing 15 goals in 30 short-handed situations to rank last in the league. The unit was third in the NHL as recently as the 2012-13 season and finished in the top 20 each of the next two seasons before falling to 22 in 2015-16 overall.

“I still think there are some areas we got to still feel that we can be better in the eyes, and based on positive aspects we have achieved,” said Quenneville team’s official website on Saturday, a day after Chicago (4-3 -1) gathered for a 3-2 overtime victory against New Jersey. “As a group, we take pride in working together, and let’s make sure we get a good pressure up ice, good pressure on inputs, good light, firing line, all the things that lead to have a program. .. unit penalty killing. ‘ Continue reading “Blackhawks look to shore up penalty killing against Kings”