3 Ways To Spark The Blackhawks Offense

By Keith Schultz
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Nov 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Winnipeg Jets goalie

Michael Hutchinson

(34) reacts with right wing

Blake Wheeler

(26) after the third period at United Center. The Winnipeg Jets defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks were shutout at home again last night and Chelsea Dagger has gone silent for way too long with last night being the first time since 2006 that the Blackhawks have been shut out at home in back to back games.   The Blackhawks are first in the NHL in the shots on goal category, yet are in the 20’s in goals scored so looking at the games this weekend there are 3 possible scenarios that need to happen to get some spark in the Blackhawks offense. There is no need to panic yet, but this is beyond panic this is watching 1-0 games that are boring and not very healthy! A 4-3 game is much more exciting and fun to watch than a goalie getting peppered and becoming a #1 Star because they stop every shot!

3. Stop The Line Blender!! 

This seems to be the most obvious way to start the Hawks offense back up.  Figure out the four lines for the week and stick to them, how many times even last night you see a pass go to nowhere when the Hawks player was expecting another result from the linemate.  Knowing what your other two linemates are going to do is what makes for great offense and chemistry!!  Quenneville has a choke hold on the lines but there are certain players that mesh well with each other.  Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad should be together just like Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith always look a little lost when they are separated.

If Andrew Shaw is going to play center, then the  line with him Bryan Bickell and Jeremy Morin has clicked in the past and if they see more than 6 minute of ice time together will click now.   Go a week with the line blender on Ebay and see what happens. CHEMISTRY!!!

2. The Front Of The Net!!

The Blackhawks are the Harlem Globetrotters of the NHL or a 3-point team that chucks it all day from the perimeter without dumping it inside.  The front of the net is clean every night for the opposing netminder with the exception of Andrew Shaw going up there usually on the powerplay.  The biggest player that needs to get to the net is Bryan Bickell and now that the powerplay is scoring some he will not find his way out there but his body needs to be parked in front of the net.

The other thing is that Morin only sees the ice 7 minutes a game but he’s one of the few players that goes to that part of the ice,  Edzo kept talking about greasy goals in the third period and that’s what Morin will give you if he sees the ice more and if he could just go play hockey instead of worrying about the doghouse door being open for him at the end of every shift.

The other player that makes a living in front is the Captain but he hasn’t been there as much this season but you know he will find that sweet spot sooner than later.  The front of the net needs bodies and sticks to get the offense rolling.