At this rate Corey Crawford may never get back into the Blackhawks net as Ray Emery was brilliant in the Hawks goal again. It would be easy for the Hawks to have let up in this game facing the lowly Anaheim Ducks (9-16-5) not only did that not happen I think they may have played one of their most complete games.
The Ducks have a new coach behind the bench in former Washington Capital coach Bruce Boudreau who would like to inject some life into the Ducks offence. Anaheim came in with an anemic offense ranking dead last in the league with shots on goal and 28th in the league with goals scored in the NHL. I thought the Hawks would have to watch Teemu Selanne who always see...
The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks battled it out for a 0-1 game in California at Thanksgiving. Since that game, the Sharks had gone 2-5-0, including being shut out twice on the road (Kings; Blues). In the same stretch, Chicago went 5-1-1.
San Jose came into Sunday night's game as the 3rd game in 4 days, on the heels of Saturday’s 0-1 loss in St. Louis, while Chicago had only played twice in the past six days, with their last game being Thursday night on Long Island.
Given these circumstances, one might guess that Chicago would have looked like the more dominant team, not just to open the game but throughout the 60 minutes.
The Islanders, who are boasting the worst offense in the league with only a dismal 59 goals for (the second worst team is the L.A. Kings with 63), were heavily criticized for one specific thing over the past three months; not scoring enough goals. (Shocking, right?)
After being shutout several times this year, the Isles were becoming a one-trick pony; if the line of Moulson-Tavares-Parenteau wasn't scoring, then there wasn't anything to worry about if you were the opposing team. However, the Isles have been on a recent streak after coming away with points in their past six games played.
The Coyotes saved very little visible emotion for their former selves on Saturday, shelling the Jets' opposition with 34 shots compared to only 19 in return on their way to a 4-1 win. Now the 2-1-0-1 'Yotes face off against the 2-1-0-1 Blackhawks, who are coming off a shootout loss against the Boston Bruins. Half of the four matchups between Phoenix and Chicago last year went to a shootout.
While their records through the first four games are identical, their power plays are not. Chicago even allowed a shorthanded goal on Saturday, and their record sits at 11.8% compared to the Coyotes' 23.8%. Last year, the Blackhawks went for a combin...
Teams categorized as “contenders” often have the luxury of taking chances on certain guys, or even just getting a quality player at a discounted rate (see: Vokoun, Tomas).
Oddly enough, the Blackhawks' circle of goalies starts with Vokoun. At the deadline in 2010, he was rumored to be Stan Bowman’s primary trade target as many believed the tandem of Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet would not be enough to make the Hawks a serious Stanley Cup contender.The Hawks and Panthers could never find a deal and Niemi’s wonderful run proved the doubters wrong anyhow.