Three Takeaways from the Blackhawk's Impressive 2-1 Win vs Vegas
No Penalties, No Problems
The Blackhawks took no penalties and, surprisingly, they didn't have many situations starting in the second period where they struggled. They never had to play against the Vegas powerplay with a struggling penalty kill but I am still curious as to what they worked on during practice. Passing lanes, positioning, and conservative pressure would probably be the key aspects of the practice, but this is simply speculation. The powerplay, however, is still snake bitten BUT they did enough to not lose momentum rather than deflate the entire team with a lackluster effort.
I think the Blackhawks should go with Alex Debrincat and Dominik Kubalik manning the left and right faceoff circles respectively. Patrick Kane works behind the net while Jonathan Toews or Kirby Dach stand in front of the net while Seth Jones mans the point. Kane has a plethora of potential plays and Jones could pass the puck to the open wing. With three booming shots on this unit, it would be hard to just collapse on Kane, and too intimidating to leave Kane with too much space. Either way, this powerplay tonight didn't lose momentum, and the penalty kill didn't have to play. Two wins on the special teams side of things.
And last, to me, was the response by the team.