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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
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Nov 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) looks to pass the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

3.  Showtime line still rolling.  Just because the others have started to contribute, that doesn’t mean the second line trio feels the need to let up any.

With a goal on Saturday, and a goal and an assist on Sunday, Kane has continued his point streak to 13 consecutive games.  His career best is 14 games.  He now has scored a goal in 7 games in a row! He currently leads the league with 28 points after the first 18 games.

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Panarin has a goal and an assist to show for the last two games, and Anisimov has earned a goal and 2 assists.  These three account for first, second, and fourth (respectively) on the team in points.  Who is third?  I’m glad you asked, because it leads me to my next takeaway.

2.  Don’t forget about the defense!  Keith had his own special section above, and I mentioned Hjalmarsson as well (2 assists in the last two games, by the way).  But the rest of the defensive core has also appeared to come together over the weekend.

Yes, you guessed it; Brent Seabrook is the third highest in points on the Chicago Blackhawks, with 13.   He contributed with an assist on Panarin’s goal Sunday night.  Poor Seabs then took a stick to the forehead, and had to have stitches to close up the gash.  But he was back on the ice for the third period.

Seabrook’s partner, Trevor van Riemsdyk, earned himself a goal in St. Louis, and an assist against Calgary.  He’s fast and he’s responsible; and he’s doing a lot of things right.

Michal Rozsival got lost in all the Keith hype, but he also returned from injured reserve Saturday night.  He logged 13:20 minutes of ice time against St. Louis, and 13:51 minutes against Calgary.  He appears to be picking up right where left off last year in the playoffs, as a reliable and steady presence on the back end.

Most people were cringing about this third pairing of Rozsival and Trevor Daley, but so far they are holding their own.  Rozi seems to be opening Daley up for more offensive play; he had three shots on goal Saturday night, and four shots on Sunday (one of them is eventually going to go in, right?)

And let’s not forget that both Corey Crawford and Scott Darling looked solid in goal this weekend.  Crawford allowed 2 goals on 31 shot attempts on Saturday.  Darling only allowed 1 goal in 26 attempts.  That’s only 3 goals allowed in the last two games.

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