Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks: Wrapping Up The Circus Trip

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 21, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) and Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic (27) battle along the boards for a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) and Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic (27) battle along the boards for a loose puck during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Nick Shore (21) , Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) and Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) chase down the puck in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Nick Shore (21) , Chicago Blackhawks center Nick Schmaltz (8) and Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) chase down the puck in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Saturday, November 26, at LA Kings.  Loss, 2-1 in OT

First things first, I’m not sure if I like the King’s new uniforms.  They’ve got way too much grey going on.  Combine that with the white of the Hawk’s away uniforms, and I felt like I was watching the game in black and white.  That’s of course until you got down to the end and ran into DARLING’S RED PADS!!!

Speaking of which, Scott Darling made a good showing, stopping 27 of 29 shots, and allowing the Hawks to stay in the game as they struggled offensively.  Toews was still out of the lineup for this game, so that certainly didn’t help matters.  The Hawks only won a measly 36% of their faceoffs, and managed only 19 shots on net.  Fortunately, one of those translated into a goal.  And I do mean fortunately.

Seriously, how do you defend that?!  That’s just pure luck.  Ok, and maybe some good positioning.  Thank God for Patrick Kane and positioning!

Closing Thoughts.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been perfect on the penalty kill for the last two games, killing off five penalties.  Things are definitely looking up in this area since having such horrible PK stats to start out the year.

The power play, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired.  The Hawks only scored on two of 14 power plays during the entire seven game road trip.  Things are getting stagnant.  It’s time to go back to the drawing board on the man-advantage.

After being out of the lineup for two games in favor of Rozsival, Kempny drew back in and played another solid game.  He should stay.  Why doesn’t Gustav Forsling ever get scratched?  Coach Q is definitely still trying to work out the best matchups when it comes to the D-corps.  Our very own Colin Likas gives us some insight into this situation in his recent post.  You can read it here.

Next: Hawks Need To Respect Concussion Protocol

Well, the Chicago Blackhawks finally ran out of luck in regards to the Circus Trip.  Although you can technically call this trip a success, the Hawks usually shine a lot brighter during this time.  The good news is they will play at the United Center for six of their next seven games.   Onward and upward!

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