The Chicago Blackhawks might have won their first game with Derek King on the bench, but they still have a long way to go before they are back to 500. The team is currently 2-9-2 and would need seven straight wins to get back to being 500 on the year.
That would basically mean the team would need to win all of their games in November that remain, which probably won’t be happening thanks to the level of competition they will be facing off against. First up on the list is a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Chicago.
Let’s talk about three players that need to step up for the Chicago Blackhawks to get back on track.
1. Jonathan Toews
On the ice, Jonathan Toews is doing pretty much everything right, except for scoring goals. He is the leading player for the team in the faceoff dot, he kills penalties, spends time on the power play, and is setting up the team with goals considering he has seven assists on the year.
Toews leads the team in Corsi and Fenwick analytics, so there are few departments he is not succeeding on the ice. Oh except for one of the most important areas. Toews has no goals through the first 13 games and he has only registered 22 shots on goal through the first 13 games. That is not a recipe for success from one of the team’s top centermen.
The Blackhawks need Toews to start shooting the puck more. While his game has had a lot of positives, finding that next level is the only way they are going to start winning more games.