The Chicago Blackhawks gave up 12 penalty minutes, 29 shots on goals, and a heck of a lot of chances, and yet the team still managed to come away with the win. The Blackhawks got a shutout last night for the first time since March 25th against Florida.
The Hawks lucked out because they finally gave Malcolm Subban a chance in net, and he delivered big time. Subban stopped all 29 shots last night and some of those chances were pretty dangerous.
Subban hasn’t played since March 28th against Nashville. Throughout this season Subban has had some up and down momentums but I do think it is important to note he is still in the mix for the Hawks net.
Personally, I understand why the team has turned to Lankinen so much, he has been a rock and was the best goalie from the start of the season. However, over the course of the year, Subban has just gotten better.
Because of the fact that Subban struggled in his first few matchups, I think it is kind of hard to forget that if he gives up a bad goal now. As the season comes to an end, I hope we get to see Subban a few more times this year.
The schedule does favor seeing Subban and maybe even Delia again this year. There are two more back-to-backs this year – one against Carolina and one against Dallas. While those games could be very important to the team’s playoff chances, this past series against Detroit showcased that any netminder the Hawks put in net could have a good night or a bad night. Lankinen had a bad game a few nights ago, and Subban was just a rock in the net. Now it is time to see who will shine through the final 11 games of the year.
The Hawks end their regular-season series against Detroit with a record of 6-2-0. Those six wins are pretty helpful for the team trying to make the playoffs, but at the end of the day, I think the fact that the team lost two and gave up four points could be a difference-maker when we look at the standings at the end of the season.