The Chicago Blackhawks continue their Sunshine trip when they hit South Beach to faceoff against the Florida Panthers tonight.
The theme for the Chicago Blackhawks this season is pretty easy to tell. The only reason the Chicago Blackhawks have a 10-8-3 record right now is because of Corey Crawford, and the lack of being able to put together 60 minutes of play.
First off, I can’t say enough about Crawford this season. He has carried the Chicago Blackhawks all season long while they try to figure out their defense and lack of scoring at times. Crawford has bailed them out a ton this season, and he will need another solid game tonight if the Hawks expect to pick up 2 points and end the quick trip with 3 out of 4 points.
The 60 minute effort has been a real issue for most of the season. The Chicago Blackhawks can look like legit Stanley Cup Threats in spurts, but there are other times where they look like they don’t deserve to be even a playoff team.
To me it begins with the stars who are struggling to find the back of the net. Patrick Sharp, Brandon Saad and even the Captain Jonathan Toews are on long goal scoring droughts. These guys have to bring it every game for the Hawks to win, and they just are not capitalizing on their opportunities. Another guy who really is struggling is Richard Panik. He had a wide open goal against the Lightning and couldn’t finish it, and the Hawks need him to play like the 22 goal scorer he was last year to make a long run come April/May.
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The good thing is, it’s just November and teams and players can get hot. It sure would be nice for the Blackhawks to hit a hot streak sooner than later.
Here are the listings for tonight’s game against the Panthers
Game Time– 6pm
TV LIstings– NBCSCH
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Streaming– NBC Chicago Live
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
Well, sadly I did say that the Hawks would hold down the fort score two goals and lose late to the Tampa Lightning, so maybe I can predict a happier ending in Homestead tonight.
Final Score Prediction
The Chicago Blackhawks skate hard, score early and often and breeze to a 5-1 win in Florida tonight.
Three Stars Predictions
#3 Star- Corey Crawford 33 Saves
#2 Star- Brent Seabrook– 3 assists
#1 Star- Nick Schmaltz– 1 Goal 2 assists
What are your predictions for tonight’s game?