Hawks shut out by Capitals 4-0; prepare to face Nashville Predators
The Blackhawks came into the game with the Washington Capitals that really did not mean much too either team but for different reasons. The Capitals have been eliminated from the playoff and after the weekend will be hitting the golf courses until the fall.
The Blackhawks are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They will be going to the post season but with their position solidified at third place in the division really had nothing to play for and it showed on the ice.
The game was basically a practice session held at the Verizon Center in Washington DC. This game gave a good opportunity for the special teams to be assessed before going into the playoffs. The Hawks went up against the second best power play in the league and went 1-3 some work needed here.
The Hawks power play went 0-3 and really did not mount much with so many starters out of the line up though it is hard to assess. Duncan Keith was given the night off for some much needed rest. Corey Crawford did start in nets but was also given a rest in the third period when Antti Raanta came in relieve already down 4-0 on goals by Capitals Alexander Ovechkin on the power play, two Jay Beagle goals and Nicklas Backstrom goal.
The Capitals goals were either from bad angles or Hawks defensive miscues. The Hawks looked like they had absolutely nothing to play for the entire game because well they didn’t. The Hawks were unable to get anything past Capitals’ goalie Jaroslav Halak. The good news is no one got injured. When do the playoffs start?
Three Stars of the game:
1. J. Beagle
2. J. Halak
3. A. Ovechkin
The Hawks will head to Nashville to close out their regular season in the second of back to back road games. The Hawks will lose the series against the Predators regardless of the game’s outcome as they are currently 1-3 in the series. Again the Hawks are facing a team that will not see the second season.
Look for more Blackhawks’ starters to get rested and expect Antti Raanta to again man the Blackhawks net. Don’t be surprised if more starters sit to get prepared for the playoffs.
The Predators will be a good test for the Hawks with their defense first style game that clogs up the neutral zone. It looks like the Hawks will face the St. Louis Blues in the first round so the Predators are a good appetizer.
Next game Saturday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. CDT vs the Nashville Predators. Tune in to WGN in the Chicago; or listen via radio on 87.7 fm the game.