The Chicago Blackhawks have been scuffling for quite a bit this season, but they had a chance this week to make some hay in the Central Division this week and last night’s 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators put them in third place for the first time since the season kicked off. So of course we will take a quick look at what we learned last night from the Blackhawks win.
4. Patrick Kane is Pretty Awesome
Kane should have had his point streak extended a couple time earlier in the game when both Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin just missed some great chances to score and extend the streak. Of course the streak was extended when the Kane took a pass from Panarin and put it into an empty net. Kane’s point gave him 600 for his career and made him the first player from the 2007 draft class to eclipse the 600 point mark. Of course we didn’t learn Kane was great last night , but it was a nice reminder
3. Good Things Happen When….
One thing that seems to have been missing from the Chicago Blackhawks game since Bryan Bickell tore up the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, and that’s when you go to the net good things will happen. There was Dennis Rasmussen going to the net and he was rewarded with his first NHL goal on his very first career shot on goal. The Blackhawks have been trying to get to the front of the net, and last night the rookie was rewarded for doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
2. Joel Quenneville Likes To Torture Us
The Chicago Blackhawks had three defensive pairings last night, and when you read Michal Rozsival and David Rundblad together you knew it was going to be an adventuresome night, and boy was it. Rozsival wasn’t too bad for most of the night, but Rundblad is always an interesting sight. Rundblad hadn’t played in 14 games, yet he was on the powerplay unit. He’s pretty good on the offensive side and he wasn’t hesitating on getting pucks to the net, but his defense is a liability. There of course was some iffy plays but in the end he didn’t cost the Hawks a W. I still don’t expect to see Rundblad back out there once Trevor Daley is ready to return to the lineup.
1. Teuvo Teravainen needs to stay
Teuvo looked good on the top line for the second straight game, and he’s scored in back to back games. He pretty much took the heart out of the Predators with his very early third period goal which every including Pekka Rinne was expecting him to pass instead of shoot. Teuvo looks comfortable playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, and he certainly doesn’t look lost like he has for most of the season playing on different lines in different positions. The key is whether or not Coach Q will stick with Teuvo up on the top line which most fans probably hope he will.
What did you learn from last nights win?