Blackhawks News

Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (left) and center Jonathan Toews (right) watch the puck with Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (center) during the third period at the United Center. Minnesota won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (left) and center Jonathan Toews (right) watch the puck with Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (center) during the third period at the United Center. Minnesota won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
1 of 3
Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (left) and center Jonathan Toews (right) watch the puck with Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (center) during the third period at the United Center. Minnesota won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (left) and center Jonathan Toews (right) watch the puck with Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (center) during the third period at the United Center. Minnesota won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Well, I guess we’ll have to take it.  The Chicago Blackhawks picked up three out of a possible four points over the weekend, blanking the Winnipeg Jets 4-0, and then falling in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2.  Beating the Jets wasn’t exactly a hard-earned win, as Winnipeg is a pretty subpar team right now, and they currently sit at the very bottom of the Central Division.  But the Wild was the real test.  And now it’s a reality; Minnesota has officially swept the regular season against the Hawks, winning all four contests.  Ugh.  Let’s get to the takeaways.

5.  Hossa Love.  Marian Hossa scored his 497th career goal against the Philadelphia Flyers this past Wednesday, and his 498th  goal against the Jets this past Friday.  He now sits two goals away from the 500 club.  Now I know Hossa isn’t having the best year offensively this season.  He currently has 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points.  In the last two seasons, he racked up twice as many points.  But he is also one of the best in the game when it comes to his defensive responsibility, and being a threat in the defensive end.  Case in point, his last tally was scored on a breakaway, and the one before that was a short-handed goal.

Hossa mentioned earlier in the week that he wasn’t thinking about this milestone too much, but maybe he should start.  Well, I think that’s exactly what he should do!  This would give him and his linemates incentive to get some offensive production going.  Big Hoss has nine more games to score two goals.  I have faith this future Hall-of-Famer can get it done!

4.  A look at special teams.  Remember back in February when the Chicago Blackhawks scored seven power play goals in two games?  Well, they have definitely gone cold in this department since then.  In the last five games, they are 0 for 17 with the man advantage.

More from Blackhawks News

Coach Quenneville says they need to stop looking for the pretty plays (i.e. passing too much), and have more of a shot first mentality.  And a net front presence of course.  All you need is one boys!  One power play goal could be all it takes to break on through to the other side and get that confidence back.

In the meantime, a struggling penalty kill has been looking a little better of late.  In the last four games, the Hawks have only allowed one goal in 11 tries when down a man.  In the last two games, they haven’t allowed a power play goal by the other team in seven chances.  It appears the PK units are getting more comfortable with each other and their tendencies on the ice.

Next: Next Page

facebooktwitterreddit