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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Saturday, 12/3, Hawks at Philadelphia Flyers.  Loss 3-1

Well, the Hawks never seem to play well in the afternoon.  Besides Panarin and his line’s pretty goal at the beginning of the game, the Hawks were simply out-worked and out-played.  I know for the most part they are finding ways to win.  But maybe they should find a way to have a fast start and a strong first period.  Even with a 1-0 lead, the Flyers out-shot the Hawks 16-6 in the first.

I guess it was about time for a stinker game.  Trevor van Riemsdyk came back from injury, and in my opinion, two of the three Flyer’s goals were directly related to his rusty/bad play.

So Corey Crawford underwent an emergency appendectomy, and a kid named Eric Semborski had a front row seat as the backup for Scott Darling.  Pretty cool.  Darling said after the game that it’s much easier to start every game than just play now and then.  Well, for the next two to three weeks, he’ll have that chance while Corey gets better.  Let’s see how Darls fares.

One more thing.  It was Patrick Kane’s turnover that led to TVR looking bad (as discussed above) on the Flyer’s third goal of the game.  And unless he thinks he’s going to get the puck, he’s pretty much just standing around.  I think Kaner needs Toews to come back to show him how to put in a full 60-minute effort.

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