The Chicago Blackhawks Look for First Win Over Golden Knights on Wednesday
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks have beaten every NHL team besides one. Tonight, the Blackhawks travel to Sin City to face the Golden Knights. Here’s why they’ll reverse their fortune’s.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Right? The Chicago Blackhawks wish that were true when they play the Vegas Golden Knights. The Blackhawks have left 12-points in the standings against the Golden Knights, (0-5-2) during their seven meetings. Tonight, it’s going to have to change. The Blackhawks need to win these key games if they want to get anywhere near the playoffs.
The Blackhawks are on fire as of late lead by their star player Patrick Kane. Kane has been firing on all cylinders during his six-game point streak where the Blackhawks are 3-1-2. Just like last season, good things happen when Kane scores.
The Golden Knights make it tough on the Blackhawks’ key players. During their most recent meeting, Kane was held to only four shots and was very quiet. The Blackhawks were held to one goal, which came from their rookie sensation Kirby Dach. After Dach scored during the first period, the team fell flat on offense. The Golden Knights would end up winning 2-1 in a shootout.
This time around, Kane is playing lights out hockey, Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome have been heating up and Brandon Saad has been one of the most consistent two-way forward’s for this year’s team. The team just looks better and more hungry to win.
There has to be a big game out of Jonathan Toews at the faceoff dot tonight, the Blackhawks need their key players to step up in their toughest test of the season. There should be a solid night out of Kane, Toews, Saad, Strome, and DeBrincat.
The young kids Kirby Dach and Adam Boqvist will be back on the ice tonight after their “healthy scratch” by Jeremy Colliton prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tonight the Blackhawks will have Corey Crawford in net and in his last three starts, he’s played some of his best hockey. The signing of Robin Lehner during the offseason seems to have improved Crawford’s play in net.
For the Golden Knights, there’s a lot to expect. They’ve got goals from all over the ice. One of their star forwards Mark Stone will be a big key in their game plan. If the Blackhawks want to shut down the Golden Knights offense, it starts with Stone.
The Golden Knights have a top-five power play and penalty kill and playing a weak defensive team like the Blackhawks can be the game-changer. The Blackhawks have to play disciplined hockey if they want to shut down the Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights will start Marc-Andre Fleury in-goal, Fleury is 9-4-1 this season with a .920 save percentage, and a 2.52 GAA. He also hasn’t lost to the Blackhawks since leaving the Penguins in 2017.
The Golden Knights are favored to win, with an over/under of 6.5 goals, (-236, CBS Sports). The game takes place in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.