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Hawks Early Observations

By Brian Kasnicka
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Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates his goal during the second period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks are undefeated!!  Sure it’s just two games into an eighty-two game season, so there is plenty of time for things to change, but I don’t see any reason for that.  Sure the Hawks played pretty poorly in Dallas and managed to escape with a win, even with the hostile Stars fans, who I experienced first hand.  They had blown defensive assignments and if not for the spectacular play by Corey Crawford they would’ve lost by a few goals.  Those miscues were fixed in the home opener against Buffalo where the Hawks put a six spot on the Sabres and looked dominant in the win.  With that in mind here are a few things that I observed in the first couple of games.

The central division is yet again stacked and is the toughest division in the NHL.  If the Hawks think they’re gonna coast through the season and manage to win a central division crown, they are mistaken.  With the emergence of the Dallas Stars looking like quite the contender the central added another dangerous team.  So Dallas, St. Louis, Minnesota, Colorado, and possibly Nashville could all be vying for those top three spots and possibly one if not both of the wild cards.  I heard one expert say that he wouldn’t be surprised if the central division put five teams into the playoffs.  The race for the division crown will be one for the books.

Patrick Sharp has one heck of a shot from the point.  I know that this observation is nothing new, but when his shot can knock the stick out of a goalies hand, it definitely makes me notice.  Sharp has two tallies through two games, both of them on the power play.  If Sharp can remain consistent and keep shooting that bomb from the point, the Hawks are in great shape.

And lastly lets dive into the Hawks special teams.  I happened to think they were pretty good.  They gave up a power play goal to the Stars and the Sabres scored a short-handed goal, but they scored a few times on the power play not to mention had a short-handed goal of their own.  There’s always room for improvement, but for the first couple games it was on point.

Brandon Bollig returns home on Wednesday as the Hawks take on the Flames.  Thanks for reading and I’d love to hear your observations from the first couple of games, so feel free to comment.  Remember to follow BlackhawUp on twitter as well as like us on Facebook.

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