Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! After a couple of weeks of exciting offense, the Blackhawks have slowed down to a much slower pace of goal scoring as the season begins to settle in.
The Chicago Blackhawks were off to a very fast start in the first few games until Nick Schmaltz left the ice for 5 games, but now the Blackhawks offense isn’t rolling and it will be time for Joel Quenneville to maybe start thinking of making some changes.
The Chicago Blackhawks coach did make one change flip flopping 3rd and 4th line centers with Tanner Kero playing with Patrick Sharp and Alex DeBrincat. Artem Anisimov actually looks like a better fit with John Hayden and Lance Bouma.
One small change I would like Joel Quenneville to make would be flipping Ryan Hartman and DeBrincat for a game and see what happens. Coach Q’s thinking is having a body that will go to the net with Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane. The thing is, it always seems like Hartman is fumbling with the puck instead of getting to the net.
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Of course most people will be asking for Vinnie Hinostroza to get called up just so the Hawks have more speed in the lineup. The thing is, I feel like Q likes that bottom line who just pound opponents for shifts.
If you ask me, the Hawks are short one center, so get ready for Matt Duchene trade rumors all winter long from Blackhawks fans until if/when he gets traded from Colorado.
One point in the last two nights isn’t something to be very proud about, but here are some morning links to start your morning.
If you missed it, here is the only goal of the game for the Chicago Blackhawks (Blackhawks)
Jordan Oesterle played in his first game as a Chicago Blackhawk against his former team (Tribune)
Patrick Kane’s 2010 Cup winner among NHL greatest moments (Madhouse Enforcer)
The best medicine for Ed Olczyk was getting back behind the microphone (CSN)
The Blackhawks haven’t been crisp the last few nights (Hockey Buzz)
Jeff King will be out indefinitely with a cut to his leg (Bleacher Report)
The Predators have a roster logjam they need to fix (Predlines)
If you missed it, the Hawks and Blues still hate each other (St Louis Today)
Even Wild fans don’t understand their schedule (Hockey Wilderness)
Who’s the favorite to win the Hart Trophy this season (Puck Prose)