Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! After waiting since April to watch a Chicago Blackhawks game, the team played their first preseason game of the year. The only problem is after 60 minutes of action on the ice, we are still waiting for a puck in the back of the opponents net.
I didn’t get to watch the game last night, but I get plenty of updates through my NHL and Chicago Blackhawks apps, and after one period I was pretty happy although the score was still 0-0, because the Hawks had outshot the Penguins 13-3 in the first period.
The updates kept coming back the same except the fact the Penguins were catching up in the shots department, and then finally Trevor Daley of all people popped up as the first goal scorer even though Chris Kunitz would actually get credit for the opening goal.
The fact that the Chicago Blackhawks got shut out in their first game isn’t too alarming, but it does point to the fact that all the young players that will be getting time on the bottom six will need to step up their games on the offensive end if the Hawks are going to have a successful season and make a deep run in the playoffs.
The secondary scoring has to be the biggest worry this season with the way the roster is put together. The defense should be much improved, but who will score those goals that lines like Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen would score on a third line.
As we said at the beginning, it’s just the first game, but the concerns are already there when the calendar says September.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Thursday morning.
See what Nick Schmaltz had to say after his first ever game at the United Center wearing a Chicago Blackhawks uniform (Blackhawks)
The Chicago Blackhawks got shut out last night, but there were some positives to take away from the loss (Second City)
What should Chicago Blackhawks fans really expect from Nick Schmaltz this season (The Committed Indian)
At the end of the day, there is nothing but opportunity for the young Blackhawks (CBS Chicago)
Trevor Daley reflects back on his bittersweet time in Chicago last fall (CSN)