The Chicago Blackhawks have hit a bump in the road, and have suffered their first winless week of the year. Despite losses to the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, and Winnipeg Jets in the last seven days, Chicago still sits atop the Central Division, and second in the Western Conference overall.
Third Star: Marcus Kruger
Jan 26, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) skates past Winnipeg Jets centerOlli Jokinen
(12) as he throws his stick during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Marcus Kruger coupled a great offensive game with a killer instinct at the faceoff dot in the past three games for the Blackhawks, making putting the fourth line on the ice a very easy decision for Joel Quennevile. Kruger kicked off the week with an assist in the extra-time loss to the Red Wings, and added another on the only ‘Hawks goal on Sunday night for a two-point week. Kruger put up ridiculous faceoff numbers in all three games this week, ending the week 23-for-30 at the draw. The Blackhawks’ fourth line looked in sync in all three games, and Kruger had no trouble keeping up when playing with the third and second lines during specific points.