Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Building was filled with a whole lot of Red last night in Las Vegas, but in the end it was the home team skating away with the 4-2 victory.
The Chicago Blackhawks are now 5-3-2 in their first 10 games of the season, and it sure feels like that 10-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on opening night was a lifetime ago already.
The couple of things that I notice is that Joel Quenneville has to do something with the third line because it’s just not producing enough. We wrote about Artem Anisimov yesterday, but to be honest I look at Patrick Sharp being the player that needs to do more in that role.
I’m sure they aren’t even thinking about it yet, but Vinnie Hinostroza is looking great in Rockford, and he has the disturbing kind of speed that the Hawks are lacking.
The other player that is struggling in my opinion is Nick Schmaltz. He hasn’t looked the same after returning from the upper body injury. Maybe he should have taken some more time off, or maybe Ryan Hartman on the other wing isn’t the right mix right now.
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The Hawks had a brutal schedule to start the season, and I would say they passed it with a B so far. They need something to jump start the offense which gets Nashville at the United Center next on Friday night.
It was a late night loss, the question is will it foreshadow a lot more of them in the weeks to come.
Here are some morning links to start your Wednesday morning.
What did Joel Quenneville have to say about the 4-2 loss in Las Vegas late last night (Blackhawks)
Even though the Chicago Blackhawks have cap space, Stan Bowman isn’t itching to make a trade (Tribune)
The Golden Knights out pace the Hawks in their victory (Vegas Now)
Vegas Golden Knights cash in on poor Blackhawks performance (Committed Indians)
Early season stock watch around the NHL for this season’s rookies (Bleacher Report)
Why the Nashville Predators don’t need to make a trade just yet (Predlines)
Blame Mike Yeo for the Blues poor special teams (Bleedin Blue)
The NHL didn’t want you to see the best game last night (Deadspin)
Watch Kevin Bieksa land a Huge haymaker last night (Puck Daddy)