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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From Last Week’s Games

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Jiri Sekac (34) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2) collide during the third period at the United Center. Anaheim won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Jiri Sekac (34) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa (2) collide during the third period at the United Center. Anaheim won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) skates with the puck against the St. Louis Blues during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /

4.  Defensive Woes.  This is an issue that isn’t going to go away, unless Stan Bowman pulls some magic at the trade deadline.  Rob Scuderi played instead of Michal Rozsival on Thursday night.  Now perhaps Rozy needed some maintenance time, but he was coming off of two very strong games.  And Scuderi just isn’t proving to be a very good substitute.

On Saturday, Viktor Svedberg suited up, and Erik Gustafsson was a healthy scratch.  Again, why sit Gusty?  He’s been playing pretty well lately, and has some offensive punch to his game.  Is Coach Q just trying to light a fire under Gustafsson?  While at the same time trying to see what he has in Svedberg?  Either way, it all makes me nervous.

3.  Defensive Contributions.  On the other side of the coin, the Chicago Blackhawks have only scored 4 goals in the last 3 games, and 3 of them have come from the defense.  Duncan Keith got the Hawks back into things with a goal against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.  And then it was Brent Seabrook that was the only Blackhawk to score against the Ducks, and he did so twice!

With his two goals, Seabs now has 10 goals on the season, which is a new career high for him.  He’s had 9 goals in three previous seasons.  So Seabs is having himself quite the year, especially since there’s still 23 games to go.

And don’t forget about Corey Crawford.  Yes, he let in those 4 goals against Dallas on Thursday, but he didn’t have a lot of help in front of him.  But then he bounced back pretty well on Saturday, stopping 41 of 44 shots.  And remember, one of his goals against occurred on a 4-on-3 in overtime.  Crawford is keeping the Hawks in these games when the team is struggling to generate offense.

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