Chicago Blackhawks Takeaways: 3 Down and 3 To Go

By Gail Kauchak
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Mar 29, 2015; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Michal Rozsival (32) stretches prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

2.  The broken record of Michal Rozsival. I’m tired of discussing it, and I’m sure you’ all are tired of hearing it, but Rozy just keeps making mistakes that lead to the other team’s goals.   He made a bad pass in the center of the ice that caused a turnover and directly led to the only Vancouver goal on Thursday night.

Last night, Rozy committed an ill-timed penalty that led to the Blues scoring on the power play to tie the game.  For the second St. Louis score, sure enough, Rozy was on the ice watching instead of defending.

He didn’t do anything wrong on Friday night versus Buffalo, because he wasn’t playing.  Meanwhile, David Rundblad was credited with an assist.

1.  The St. Louis Blues are the real deal. There’s no doubt about it, the Blues are a strong and tough team.  They addressed their offense from last year by bringing in guys like Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera.  Even with top offensive players Vladimir Tarasenko (36 goals), and Alex Steen (24 goals) out, they have still been winning. They bulked up their blue line with Robert Bortuzzo.  The only real weakness is their goaltending.  Eddie Olczyk addressed these strengths and weaknesses in more detail in this article

It’s very likely that the Chicago Blackhawks could meet the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs.  Can they beat them in a best of seven series, without Patrick Kane?  Only time will tell.

There are only three games left in the regular season for the Hawks.  They face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues again on Thursday, and the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.  Let’s hope they can put together some offense and string together some wins to cement a good spot in the final standings.  Stay tuned!

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