Michael Frolik prefers to put pucks in opponents' goals, but because that isn't happening too often, the Blackhawks winger has shifted his focus to keeping them out of his own.

The veteran has been particularly adept at helping the Hawks kill penalties as a key component of the unit that ranked third in the NHL at 87.9 percent entering Thursday.

"They put me in that role, and so far it's kind of working," Frolik said. "I know special teams are important, so I'm glad I can be part of that. It feels good when you can help the team win some games. But still I want to play offensive hockey, too, and maybe score some more goals."

Frolik was a 21-goal scorer in each of his first two seasons with the Panthers but has only 17 over the last two-plus seasons with the Panthers and Hawks. He has one goal and two assists in 16 games this season while mostly skating on the fourth line alongside center Marcus Kruger and a variety of left wings.

"Five-on-five, for sure I want to create offense," Frolik, 25, said. "It's not easy when you play on the fourth line to make big offense. You have to be great defensively, but when we have a chance, try to make some plays too. Especially with Kruger, he's a smart player. Hopefully, we get some more goals."

Record talk: The Hawks can set an NHL record with 17 games to start a season without a regulation loss when they face the Sharks on Friday night at the United Center. During the first 16 games, they've maintained focus on each game and not looked ahead.