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5 Rants From The Chicago Blackhawks Loss to Carolina

By Gail Kauchak
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Sep 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg (40) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Phillip Danault (24) fight for a face off during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2.  Need to win more faceoffs!  In last night’s game, the Chicago Blackhawks won 25 faceoffs to the Canes 31, good for only 45%.  The Hawks are a possession team, and winning faceoffs gets them possession.  It’s as simple as that.  They need to win more faceoffs.

Toews did his part, winning 12 of 23 faceoffs for 52%.  Although he would probably tell you he could do better.  It’s Artem Anisimov that needs to step it up.  He only won 5 of 12, for 42%.  He’s been struggling on the dot as of late.  Imagine if he could get the puck to Kane and Artemi Panarin more?

Dennis Rasmussen went 2 of 4 (50%), and Danault was 4 of 10 (40%).  Both these guys are new, so there should be some room for improvement there.  Andrew Shaw only won 1 of 5 faceoffs.  This is definitely one of those areas where they are missing Marcus Kruger.

1. Can’t blame this one on Crow.  The Corey Crawford haters could blame the first goal on Crow, and he probably would like to have that one back.  But he ended up stopping 25 of 27 shots, for a .926 save percentage.  He made some incredible saves; one especially late in the third that kept his team in the game.

Crawford is currently 13th in the league in goals allowed against, averaging 2.22.  Crawford is not the problem.  Usually it’s customary for the offense to score some goals.

The Chicago Blackhawks will have a chance to score some more goals this Tuesday, when they travel to Arizona to take on the Arizona Coyotes.  At the risk of jinxing it, I’m going to say that the Hawks rarely lose three games in a row.  Let’s hope for a bounce back win!

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