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Chicago Blackhawks: Five Things We Learned From Home Loss To Devils

By Keith Schultz
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The Chicago Blackhawks took an early lead last night at home against the New Jersey Devils, but in the end they skated off the United Center Ice with a 3-2 Loss. Here is what we learned from that defeat last night.

5. Patrick Kane is still on Fire– Patrick Kane scored the opening goal of the game extending his point streak to 11 games. He also picked up an assist on Artemi Panarin‘s game tying goal.  He was the league leader in points last season when he broke his clavicle, and through 15 games he’s back on top of the points and goal lead in the NHL.  The cohesiveness of the second line is fun to watch game in and game out.

4. Too Many Softies– In the games that the Chicago Blackhawks lose, it has become a disturbing trend of soft goals given up by Corey Crawford.  Without the Blackhawks scoring 5 goals a night, they need their goalie to be stopping everything he should and throw in some spectacular saves.  Well, in this sample size of losses lately, there has been a soft one given up each game, and if you look at the first New Jersey goal of the night, well that one has to be stopped.

3. Panarin delivers–  We might as well sing the praises of the Breadman on here because he knows how to deliver not the Panera delivers but this bread man does.  Panarin has scored a couple of goals lately that make you shake your head and thank Stan Bowman for signing this Russian playmaker because he is exciting to watch and now he’s making things happen late in the third period to make games interesting.

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2. Where’s the Top Line? – We had this storyline all day long and well I’m not saying we didn’t disappoint but it was, Andrew Shaw is not the talent you want skating on that top line, and as the season goes along it’s really not a lottery line anymore since they never cash in but more of a lottery ticket line because it never hits.  Yes, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa are great but they need a young aggressive player on their wing so um cough cough put Marko Dano there.  The he needs to deserve it thing is getting old! Dano played great in training camp with the two Future Hall of Famers so please Joel Quenneville stop teaching lessons and give the kid a shot on the top line.

1. Help is on the way!  The defense will get its all world guy Duncan Keith back this weekend which will help stop the bleeding on defense, but it should also help the offense.  Thankfully, Keith is a quick healer which is what cyborgs do, but in the end hopefully he can help heal what ails this team the most which is picking up wins on a nightly basis!

What is your biggest takeaway from last night?

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