Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues: Five Thoughts

By Nick Meyers
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 26: Duncan Keith
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No. 2: Brandon Saad’s standing continues to get worse.

Below is Chicago’s starting forwards:

  1. DeBrincat – Toews – Kahun
  2. Fortin – Schmaltz – Kane
  3. Kunitz – Anisimov –  Hayden
  4. Saad – Kruger – Kampf

Anything interesting stand out?

Brandon Saad started on the 4th line against St. Louis after only tallying 1 point on an assist this season. Saad did not see the ice during overtime, either.

The St. Louis game was the first shake up this year for Brandon Saad. At just over 10 minutes, he ranks 3rd lowest in forwards for time on ice.

Where does Saad go from here?  If his presence on the 4th line was intended by Coach Q to take pucks to the net, then this could be viewed as a success.

Saad’s failed attempt to clear the puck that resulted in the game tying Perron goal was likely the dagger for Coach Q. Limited ice time on the 4th line will be Saad’s sentence until he can bounce back.

This means Chicago currently has a $6 million 4th line left winger with 1 assist, coming off a career worst 35 points last season.

This Saad situation keeps getting worse and worse.  If there is a bounce-back season in him, it needs to reveal itself sooner rather than later.