The Chicago Blackhawks came off their bye week and scored pretty quickly, but in the end it was a blowout loss to the New York Islanders which is pretty deflating. So, here are 5 quick thoughts on the loss tonight from the United Center.
5. Put Vinnie Hinostroza Back On The Top Line
No I don’t think Vinnie is an elite scorer, but he had some chemistry with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad so it doesn’t make any sense that Joel Quenneville would decide to put Anthony Duclair on the top line. Vinnie can play a bit out of control, but he also can create for other which he was doing for both Saad and Toews. Duclair isn’t a playmaker so I don’t like this combination and it was obvious all night long with the top line being pretty quiet outside of one good shift.
4. Alex DeBrincat Has Gone Silent
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on DeBrincat. I think this is on Coach Q for his lines having the Cat with David Kampf. DeBrincat should be playing with offensive players and maybe he will be on the same line with Artem Anisimov on Monday night. One of my worries is that DeBrincat will disappear in the 2nd half, and I hope this game isn’t an ominous cloud over #12 for the rest of the season.
3. Jan Rutta Had A Horrible Game
When you are on the ice for 6 of the first 7 goals it’s fair to say it was a bad night. This again points to chemistry with there being no need to carry 8 defenseman. The defensive pairings are always getting changed up which doesn’t help all these young defenseman. Rutta was just plain bad and I would expect him to be sitting on Monday night. It’s nice that the Hawks defenseman are active on the offensive end, but they need to play defense and not let the opposition set up shop right in front of Anton Forsberg or Jeff Glass or whoever is in net.
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2. Patrick Kane Can’t Carry The Entire Offense
No matter who is in net, the Blackhawks offense has to get production from all four lines. Lately, it’s been all Patrick Kane and not much else from anyone else. Kane is great and yes he can carry the hawks for stretches of time, but when you are in last place in the division it only points to one person carrying the load to why they are struggling.
The last goal that Forsberg gave up was straight out of hockey blooper reel. The Hawks have been pretty solid all season long with their goalie even with Corey Crawford out with injury. Tonight, we got to see the dark side of not having Crawford with the Hawks giving up goal after goal. Outside of a highlight reel save by Glass both guys were bad, and the Hawks won’t be able to win many games if this the kind of play they get in the 2nd half from their goalies.
This could just be the first game back from the bye week blues, but man it sure doesn’t look very encouraging!
What are your thoughts on tonight’s loss to the Islanders?