Ask Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville how to beat a certain team -- it doesn't matter which one -- you generally get the same answer.
"We want to make them play in their zone. We need to manage the puck. And let's get off to a fast start."
Starts have been a strength for the Blackhawks, even during a sluggish first half.
Lately, that's changed.
The Blackhawks have trailed after the opening period in each of the last five games. Their record over that stretch: 1-2-2.
There is only one team in the league (Washington) that has a winning record when they trail after the first.
The Blackhawks know what's at stake in their remaining 11 games. They just have to show it when the puck drops.