The Blackhawks win an ugly game 2-1 vs a struggling Coyotes team, bring them a winning streak of 3-0-0.
So, a coaching change was all the Blackhawks needed to win three games in a row and though each win was only by one goal, the Blackhawks are looking much better than they were just last week. They are cleaner with their neutral zone play, don’t give up many odd-man rushes, and are starting to convert on chances created by proper offensive plays.
The effort was lacking tonight, though. It looked as if the Blackhawks did not respect the Coyotes and took an “off” night against them. Thankfully, they got out of this game with both points but it looked dicey at multiple points. I’m sure they will go over this in practice today as the lack of effort nearly lost them two points against a team they should have beaten easily.
Are there any easy wins in the NHL? … Yes, there are many easy wins when a team is obviously worse than you. The Coyotes cannot beat any team in the league with skill, just by outworking them. If the Blackhawks really kicked in the high gear and played with a high pace with respect, this game would have been very one-sided for them.
With that said, let’s get started with the first takeaway: