MilkCarton Niklas Hjalmarsson (Photoshop by Joe Kremel)

Chicago Blackhawks Milk Carton Vs Buffalo Sabres

When a player or coach doesn’t really show up during a Blackhawks game, they get put on the Milk Carton. As most of you know, people’s pictures used to be put at the back of milk cartons when they went missing. So the Milk Carton for the Blackhawks is more about who went missing or played terribly during the game.

The Stat Line

Goals-0

Assists-0

Penalty Minutes-2

Shots-1

Blocked Shots-1

+/- -1

Time on Ice-20:48

Player- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Summary- If there is one stat to look at how Hjalmarsson played on any given night usually look straight to the blocked shot category.  When the total blocked shots is 1 it usually isn’t the best of nights, but this isn’t the reason he ends up on the milk carton for the first time this season.  Hjalmarsson was on the ice when the anemic Buffalo Sabres offense finally beat Corey Crawford to tighten the score to 2-1 in the third period and even though Hammer was on the ice for the goal to cement his negative game rating this is still not the reason to end up on last nights milk carton.

The reason Hammer ends up on the carton is his two blind passes to the slot which ended up turning into golden chances for the Sabres which they couldn’t cash in.  Back in 2011 Hjalmarsson made this type of play almost nightly which led to him being rumored on the trading block for over a year. Last year he was probably the best defenseman on the roster because he stopped making these kind of plays.  Let’s hope this was just a hiccup and not the norm for Hammer this season.

What do you think? Who deserved the Milk Carton treatment from the Sabres game?

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