Editorials

5 Chicago Blackhawks Questions For Second Half Of 2017-18

By Keith Schultz
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at the United Center on January 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 12: The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at the United Center on January 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
5 of 5
Next
chicago blackhawks
chicago blackhawks /

1. Who’s in net in the second half?

This was an easy one for everyone to guess, I would believe.  The news of Corey Crawford possibly being gone for the rest of the season is a tough pill to swallow, especially since he was having his best season to date.  I even wrote a couple of times that this would be Crawford’s Vezina season if he could stay healthy.

This isn’t to get into the conspiracies, though, so we will move to the question and that is who’s in net in the second half.

Of course, general manager Stan Bowman could pull a fast one and make a trade for a rental goalie, which is still a possibility. But I don’t think the ‘Hawks have enough assets to make this kind of move this year.

To me, Jeff Glass is a nice story, and it is one you can really root for. I just feel like he’s an AHL goalie when you see how many times he’s out of position.  A couple of times the post has saved him, or his defensemen have.  I just don’t see him winning long-term in the second half with his style.

If the ‘Hawks don’t make a move, Anton Forsberg needs to be the only option Quenneville goes to in the second half.  He’s looked very good when he starts getting a lot of work, and the only game he looked bad in was a game where his defense left him hanging repeatedly.

Next: Is This As Good As It Gets?

He’s no Crawford in net, but right now he’s the best option even though we all know Q will “ride the hot hand” as soon as things go sideways.

facebooktwitterreddit