Stars Are Making Big Contributions
Oct 12, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres with center Jonathan Toews (19), defenseman Duncan Keith (2) and center Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Every team relies on their best players to be succesful, and Chicago’s stacked lineup has been the reason they are one of the best teams in the league over the last several seasons. The offense all starts with the dynamic duo of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The two were reunited late in the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run last season, and have started the same way, making waves in all five games so far. The two have combined for at least one point in every game so far, 9 in total, 6 of which are goals. Kane’s shot and positioning have put him in the league’s top ten for scoring thus far, while Toews’ 58.9% rate on the faceoff dot puts him just one percentage point below last season’s pace. Defensively, Niklas Hjalmarsson has recorded 2 blocked shots in every game, and Brent Seabrook has already found the back of the net, recording three points. With the key pieces doing their job upfront, it is making it very easy for Chicago to play their style of game, one that will see them have a lot of success throughout the year.