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Chicago Blackhawks Month In Review: March

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) 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 Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) 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 Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t known for their success in March, and March of 2016 has been no exception.  Out of 13 games played, the Hawks won just five games.  They only managed to win one out of five games at the United Center, that being a 4-1 victory over Detroit on March 3rd.  They did get to overtime and a shootout against Minnesota on March 20th, but eventually lost the game.

On the road, the Hawks were 4-3-1.  Their most recent loss was a 4-1 pummeling by Minnesota, who has won all five regular season matchups against the Chicago Blackhawks this year.  All this fun and games is good for merely 12 out of a possible 26 points.  That’s 14 points left on the table.  Not good in a very competitive Central Division.  Well, since we have to, let’s break this month down so we can hopefully move on to bigger and better things.

More “Months In Review”.  February, January, December, November, October.

Offense.  Does it really come as any surprise that Patrick Kane still leads the charge here?  The only problem is that he only has 3 goals and 6 assists, for 9 points.   By comparison, last month he was tied with Artemi Panarin for 11 points.  In January, Kaner had 17 points.

So the offensive production is definitely slumping.  I guess you could say the positive here might be that the scoring is being more equally spread out.  Three players have earned a second place 8 points this month.  The trade deadline newcomer Andrew Ladd has 6 goals and 2 assists (add another assist on February 28th and he has 9 points in his time with the Hawks).  Jonathan Toews and Teuvo Teravainen both have 3 goals and 5 assists.

Panarin has 3 goals and 4 assists, for 7 points.  The other newcomer, Tomas Fleischmann, has been a bit of a pleasant surprise.  He came in and immediately found some chemistry on the third line with Teravainen.  Flash has helped out with 4 goals and an assist (5 points).

Dale Weise also joined the party on March 3rd.  His production has been a bit of a disappointment.  In 10 games played, Weise has only generated 1 assist.  He’s averaging less than 10 minutes of ice time per game, and has actually been a healthy scratch the last few games in favor of Richard Panik.

To put a positive spin on things, Marian Hossa scored his 499th career goal on Tuesday night.  It was also his 33rd short-handed goal.  500 is going to be fabulous!

Next: Defense And Special Teams

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