Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks Struggle In Their Eighth Week Of The Season

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) and Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) battle for the puck during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) and Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) battle for the puck during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Thursday, 12/1, Hawks vs. New Jersey Devils.  Win 4-3 in OT

This was by far the best game of the week.  It’s also what you call a team win.  You don’t usually get goals from either Marcus Kruger or Niklas Hjalmarsson.  They’re both known for their defensive attributes more than anything else.  But in this game, they both scored.  Artem Anisimov tallied as well.

It’s completely fitting that Marian Hossa scored the game-winner in overtime.  He’s become quite the clutch player.  This was his 12th goal of the season, and his fourth game-winning goal.  Not to mention he’s had to hold up the fort defensively more with Jonathan Toews being out.  Ho-Ho-Hossa is contributing big time right now.

It should be noted that the third line of Dennis Rasmussen, Kruger, and Panik are looking especially strong in recent games.  As mentioned, it was this line that put together a goal against the Panthers.  Krugs scored a goal in this one, which was assisted by a great set-up from Rasmussen.  Panik also scored a goal that was disallowed.  These three are developing some great chemistry as a checking line.  Rasmussen and Kruger are also both contributing on the penalty kill.

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