This Blackhawks team is so different from just the other night, an exciting win for this team.
Let’s be honest: The Blackhawks really should have won this game by a landslide. It is only because of Juuse Saros that the Blackhawks didn’t win by four instead of one. They kept the Predators under 30 SOG, maintained an exciting style of play WHILE keeping a responsible defensive system. The Blackhawks kept the attention of fans at home and abroad as everyone was on the edge of their seats.
The Blackhawks had trouble getting their stick on the puck with multiple whiffs, such as Patrick Kane’s on an open net and Dominik Kubalik’s on the powerplay. Speaking of that powerplay, it was effective, but Saros was on his game today. Usually, when this happens the Blackhawks lose the game BUT this game was, thankfully, different.
Derek King registered his first NHL win, in his first NHL game. If this is what we can expect from the Blackhawks from here on out I wouldn’t mind King to stay as the head coach. This team was competitive from the start to finish, finding ways to block shots and jumpstart the rush with their awareness.
With that said, here are my three takeaways from the Blackhawks’ dominant win:
- Work Ethic on Form
- Entertaining Hockey is Back
- Coaching Change Should have been Done Earlier