3. Winning Streak
The Blackhawks have now won three games in a row, and Derek King is still undefeated in the NHL. If you told me that this would be the case just last week… I would probably still believe you. He has a great feel with the team, keeping them lose and allowing them to have as much fun as they can have on the ice. This team is starting to find their form on both ends of the ice with half the number of coaches they had at the start.
The goaltending has been great, and the defense is SO much better than it was before. I always talked about my annoyance in Sheldon Brookbank, and this team made a full 180 in their performance since the coaching change. Regardless of what Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews say about Colliton, the change was needed and it has yielding positive results.
This Blackhawks team is trending in the right direction, but there is still some work to do. They nearly lost the game in regulation to a tanking Coyotes team that would lose to every team in the league this season. A full 60-minute effort is needed for this team to win games and gain confidence and allow their players to play to their strengths. The big-name guys are still snake-bitten, though the list is getting shorter and shorter now. Once Kirby Dach kicks off and Kubalik’s shots start to go in when they should, this team will find themselves closer to the third-seed in the playoffs than a last-wildcard spot.
The Blackhawks are now projecting upwards, and let’s hope it continues as every game on the Western Canada road trip look like winnable games, other than maybe Edmonton.
The Blackhawks play the Kraken on Wednesday, November 17 at 9 pm. Thankfully, this game will be aired on TNT. You can also listen to the game on WGN Radio.