In just a matter of a little more than 24hrs the Blackhawks went from being the number three seed in the West to number five seed in the western conference and are now in a wild card spot. The Minnesota Wild took their third spot with a win over the Los Angeles Kings yesterday and leap frogged the idol Hawks. The Hawks can return the favor tonight in Winnipeg with a win in regulation.
The Hawks find themselves now only four points ahead of these Winnipeg Jets in the wild card spots as well. The Hawks do have games in hand over both Minnesota and Winnipeg, but what should be a wakeup call to the Hawks is not the points or the standings and where they find themselves but their play as...
The Blackhawks have improved to 3-1-0 without Patrick Kane (broken clavicle) in their lineup. But they sure aren't making it easy on themselves along the way.
While they won 2-1 in the shootout tonight, they were lucky to get to overtime. They allowed the Oilers 47 SOG (+20 attempts blocked/9 missed shots) - 18 in the first period alone - while only managing 39 SOG (+22/17) of their own. Corey Crawford has gone 3-0-0 in his last three starts, including a shut out, with a .968 sv%: Chicago's challenges aren't on his shoulders. Ben Scrivens took the loss for the Oilers despite an excellent performance.
Derek Roy had the first goal of the game with 4:45 left...
This game definitely falls within the category of trap game facing the worse team in the entire NHL the Hawks will be putting to the test the new found energy and jump provided by the trade deadline acquisitions.
To add insult literally to injury the Oilers are banged up and missing many of their key pieces both in goal and their big scoring threat Taylor Hall which makes them appear easy prey. The Hawks will need to guard against complacency in this game for sure and continue to try to gather as many points as possible.
It also does not help the Hawks that they have had an unusually long break from action this week and may need to shake off some rust themselves.
Ah everything is right in the Blackhawks world, well almost everything. There is still a long ways to go but, this game was huge for a several reasons.
The St. Louis Blues lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, which meant the Hawks could pick up some ground and pick up ground they did. At the same time they distanced themselves from these same Winnipeg Jets, who were just three points behind the Hawks coming in. The Hawks gained a valuable point on them and have games in hand on Winnipeg that looms larger and larger as the season goes on.
Coming into the game both teams were struggling. The Jets had lost five in a row prior to this game and the Blackhawks were coming in off...
The Blackhawks came into this game well rested and the Jets came in off of a game the night before in Dallas yet it was the Jets that again had more energy and out worked the Hawks to skate away with their third win this year at the United Center.
The Winnipeg Jets have take six point from the Hawks and are now only two points behind them in the Central Division. Somehow the Hawks are going to have to figure this team out or hope they don’t meet them in the playoffs.
The game started off in the first period with the feel of a playoff game to be sure. There was plenty of intensity with a very physical first period.
The Hawks started the scoring on a Brandon Saad bac...
The Hawks came into this game on the second of back to back games and it looked like as the game wore on the fatigue factor caught up with the team.
The Hawks actually opened up the scoring with a two on one play with Jonathan Toews shooting the puck and a rebound going conveniently right to Brandon Saad who just tapped it past Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens.
Saad had the only other Hawks goal in the second period with a similar play to his earlier goal with another two on one with this time with Marian Hossa. Unfortunately the Oilers were able to muster goals from Pouliot, Roy, Yakupov and an empty netter by Taylor Hall.
The Avalanche had a "goalie win" versus the Blackhawks earlier this week; last night, Chicago did the same versus the Wild.
There's been few games this season where the Blackhawks have been held under 25 SOG; last night, they had just 20 - but 4 of them were goals, including one empty-netter.
Chicago broke the streak they were on by scoring first, for the first time in seven games, a Patrick Sharp goal 5:08 into the opening period. Patrick Kane would stretch the lead to 2-0 by the end of the period with a power play goal on Thomas Vanek's 5-minute penalty.
Jason Zucker put the Wild on the board just 1:03 into the second.
The Hawks came in looking to rebound off of their loss in New York vs the Islander and bounce back they did. Most importantly they worked hard to beat a very hard working team and can take pride in their efforts and skate away with a solid team win.
Coming in the Hawks had to play within less than 24 hrs to a rested Calgary Flames team but somehow the Hawks were able to muster up the energy to put together a win.
The game also so Tim Erixon make his debut in a Blackhawks jersey and played on the third defensive pairing with Rozsival. Erixon had a solid game for his first and looked pretty comfortable on the backend. Welcome to Chicago and good luck with the Hawks.
The Hawks/Canucks rivalry is not what it used to be or maybe the Canucks have matured and realize that regular season points are more important than shenanigans and cheap shots. Other than the constant raining of boos when Duncan Keith handled the puck the temperature of the area and on the ice was anything but heated.
The Hawks were coming into Vancouver with this being the second of back to back games and the third game in four nights and the Hawks looked tired in the first period.
Luckily for the Hawks goalie Corey Crawford who came in playing his eleventh game in the Hawks nets was not tired and fatigued and kept his team in the game.