Mar 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) is defended by Colorado Avalanche center John Mitchell (7) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
If there was one thing that has gained attention of the media and also me, it would have to be the slow starts that the Chicago Blackhawks have gotten off to. I am sure you have all heard but if not, the Blackhawks have trailed in the 1st period of their last 5 games and have battled back to win 3 of them. This type of lethargic play is recipe for disaster though. Not only are you putting more stress on Coach Q, at the same time they’re beating themselves. A few soft goals have gotten past Crawford but at the same time there have been costly turnovers in their zone that have led to these goals. Everyone needs to come out with a purpose in the first period and play like it’s the last 5 minutes of the game down 2, for 60 minutes. The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of talent to go around and they’re most dangerous when they play with the lead. Be sure to watch the first period closely tonight and over the next week or so to see if they make the proper adjustments.
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With two wins under their belts on the road vs the Colorado Avalanche and a struggling Varlamov making his 5th consecutive start after recently coming back from injury, I believe the Chicago Blackhawks should be able to grind out a win. Keep an eye on Patrick Kane because he has had two of his best games of the season vs. this struggling team scoring 2 goals and 4 assists. Patrick Sharp has also come through recently and is back to his old self after suffering a knee injury. He has tallied a point in each of his last 4 games and will look to keep it alive tonight!
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