I want to make it clear that I’m not putting tonight’s loss solely on the shoulders of Malcolm Subban.
The entire team dropped the ball tonight, and nobody stood out on the ‘Hawks roster to provide a saving grace.
However, it was obvious that Subban struggled tonight, and he needs to be better in his future starts in order to give the Blackhawks the best chance of winning. Now, I don’t think that Subban is a bad goaltender at all. His performance last Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning was great, and he had a 39 save game with a .929 save percentage to show for it.
Despite that, Subban has definitely had an up-and-down season. While he had a fantastic game against Tampa, there is no comparison to the disastrous outing he had against the Stars tonight. Allowing six goals can’t happen, because the offense can’t always get it done every night, as was obvious in this game. Subban came away tonight with only a .838 save percentage, which is certainly not going to help any team in the league pull off a win.
While he still has a winning percentage this season, this was only his seventh start this year. Perhaps Subban simply needs more experience, but with Kevin Lankinen absolutely shining in net, that likely won’t happen. Again, I don’t think it’s fair to place tonight’s blame on Subban alone, as there were many parts that came into play in the loss.
However, it is obvious that when Subban does start in net, he needs to try and find a way to be more consistent. Hopefully, he will get some more chances to make up for tonight’s game because one thing the Blackhawks will always need in front of them is some quality goaltending.