Chicago Blackhawks: Five reasons for optimism after three bad games
By Jimmy Lynch
3. Faceoffs are being won by a lot of different players
Winning faceoffs was once the biggest question mark for the Blackhawks heading into this season. On the road through the first three games, the Blackhawks have eliminated the faceoff problem we expected.
Dylan Strome, David Kampf, and Pius Suter have been great for the Blackhawks in the faceoff dot thus far. Strome has a faceoff percentage of 61.4% currently having 27 faceoff wins, while Kampf is pretty close with a 59.4% in the dot with 19 wins. Last season saw Jonathan Toews take the majority of the faceoffs for Chicago, so it is nice to see other players stepping up to the dot and getting a win.
Winning the faceoff is key to getting possession of the puck, and Pius Suter has taken 33 faceoffs thus far for the team. However, Suter has only won 13 of his faceoffs thus far. While that is not horrible for this roster, Chicago might want to use someone more effective in the dot on a line with Patrick Kane.
Maybe Chicago would consider moving Andrew Shaw to center all-time. Shaw currently has four wins and two losses in the faceoff dot. While he has only taken six faceoffs this season, Shaw has been a center in the past and is someone that can provide a unique spark to any line.
The faceoff dot might be the biggest reason for hope through the first three games. Hopefully, the team will continue to win these faceoffs in the future, otherwise, this season is going to get even worse than it is right now.