Question 1: An injury to Corey Crawford would be the most devastating. This guy is really feeling it this year, and I don’t see any reason to believe that he’s slowing down at all minus a few lazy goals allowed here and there.
Scott Darling is quite formidable, but I don’t see him making these highlight-reel stops and preserving leads as well as Crow.
Question 2: I think Denis Savard needs a go in the Alumni Game! Show these kids a real spin-o-rama! Am I right?!
Question 1: Jonathan Toews. Playing in all game situations, Toews leads all Blackhawks forwards in shifts per game and is second only to Patrick Kane in total ice time. His faceoff win percentage of 60.4 leads the NHL, while Marcus Kruger is the only other ‘Hawk center to break 50 percent in this crucial skill-set.
With seven points and one game-winning goal in the past six games, Toews is starting to feel it offensively, creating time and space for his linemates to spin some magic. Team leader in both title and deed, Toews is a force multiplier, and the ‘Hawks will have to fill a lot more than just quality minutes if the Captain is suiting up for games in a coat and tie.
Question 2: Daniel Carcillo. Like many Blackhawks fans, I was both horrified and intrigued when Carcillo first came to Chicago from the Flyers in 2011, but gradually came to accept his almost comically reckless antics and, thankfully, limited ice time.
Unlike the truly evil Raffi Torres-type enforcers, ‘Car Bomb’ Carcillo showed a decent side of humanity and became an engaging celebrity throughout the Blackhawks community, even hosting a weekly radio show. He also had some skill, and will always be remembered by ‘Hawks fans for his last-minute, game-winning goal against the Avalanche in March 2013 to extend the Blackhawks’ best start in NHL history at 21-0-3.
Retired since 2015, Carcillo founded the Chapter 5 Foundation to help former NHL players lead a healthy, meaningful life after hockey.