Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Hot And Not: Offensive Sparks And Defensive Woes

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period against the Florida Panthers at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik (14) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period against the Florida Panthers at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Who’s Hot: Patrick Kane

It was a tough call here between Jonathan Toews and Kane, but in the end I had to stick with the numbers.  In the last three games, Toews has tallied one goal and four assists (five points).

But Kane has recorded two goals and four assists (six points).  I’m not going to argue that this is a win-win situation for the Chicago Blackhawks.  The ’Hawks’ No. 1 and 2 lines are rolling, as well as their top two franchise players.

Who’s Not: Brian Campbell

Let’s face it, Soupy has been a major disappointment this year. He was supposed to step in as a top-four defenseman, but that hasn’t happened.  Instead, Campbell has looked slow and out of position more times than not.

As of late, he’s found himself on the third defensive pairing alongside Trevor van Riemsdyk. His subpar performance has given Coach Q limited options. If Campbell can’t fill that fourth defenseman role, the question remains, who will?

If you notice, I highlighted three defensemen in this post — one as hot, and two as not.  Even in the Hjalmarsson section (hot), I mentioned that Keith and Seabrook have struggled.

Now many fans and analysts, including myself, think that Coach Q has another option up his sleeve.  That would be to put Keith and Seabs together, and perhaps pair Campbell and Hjammer.  Could this fix the Chicago Blackhawks defensive woes?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Next: Blackhawks Stat Questions Entering Season's End

Who’s going to be hot or not this coming week?  The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Edmonton Oilers again this Saturday at the United Center.  This is immediately followed by a tilt with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, and the Minnesota Wild again on Tuesday.

Hang in there, Blackhawks fans!  More hockey is coming soon!

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