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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Weekend Games

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) watches the play during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) watches the play during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Chicago Blackhawks win 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) skates past Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Biega (55) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) skates past Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Biega (55) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

2.  Power Play Woes.  Well it’s time to get negative for a minute.  The Chicago Blackhawks currently haven’t scored on the power play in the last 23 tries.  Wow!  As mentioned above, the penalty kill is looking up, and the Hawks have won Stanley Cups in recent years with power plays that aren’t that hot.  But 0 for 23 is abysmal!

The Hawks had two chances on Saturday night and one chance on Sunday to break out of this slump, but to no avail.  Will they be able to get it done against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday?   They need to break on through!  I’m sure when it happens, it will be a huge relief for everyone.  Perhaps they will stop holding their sticks so tight, and it will be what they need to start generating more goals on the man advantage.

1. Let’s hear it for Darls!  With Corey Crawford out, Scott Darling has had his work cut out for him.  The Vancouver Canucks game last night was his sixth consecutive start.  It was also the second game of  back-to-backs, played merely 22 hours apart.  No problem, says Darls.  In Calgary, he posted a .969 save percentage, and stopped 31 of 32 shots.  He came up with some great saves when the game was still close.  Against the Canucks, he had a .929 save percentage, and stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Here’s just one example of the kind of work Darling has been doing lately.

Up next is the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.  The Hawks have played the Wild four times this year, with the same result every time.  A loss.  Can the Chicago Blackhawks pull out a win this time and make it a three-game winning streak?  They certainly could use the points if they want to catch up to the Stars and the Blues.  And to stay ahead of the Predators.

Next: Significance Of A Playoff Berth

Now it’s all about who they will draw for the first round of the playoffs.  Stay tuned everyone; never a dull moment!

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