Blackhawks Weekly: Dach Starts, Power Play Struggles

Blackhawks Weekly: Dach Starts, Power Play Struggles

October 21st, 2019 Can’t catch all 82 Chicago Blackhawks’ games? Never fear; we’ve got you covered here at The Hockey Writers! Tune in for our weekly column to stay up to date on everything Blackhawks. We’ll cover highlights, scores, and trends as we follow the team’s progress together; for better or for...
Chicago Blackhawks' Power Play Misfires

Chicago Blackhawks' Power Play Misfires

October 21st, 2019 The Chicago Blackhawks, in general, have gotten off to a slow start this season. One of the rougher areas in their game has been the lack of production in their power play. So far, the Blackhawks have only cashed in three times on 17 attempts while on the advantage. One can't help but think that...

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October 15th, 2019
Column

In a season in which they’re expected to right the ship and get back on track after missing the playoffs two seasons in a row, it has been a rough start for the Chicago Blackhawks. After losing their season opener 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, they had a six-day wait before their next contest. This past week, Chicago had their first two home games. They lost to the San Jose Sharks 5-4 after committing 12 turnovers and putting forth a poor defensive effort, and then they took a tough 3-2 overtime loss against the Winnipeg Jets to gain their first point after blowing a two-goal lead. Despite the 0-2-1 start and a week that has seen its fair share of disappointments, there were also a few bright spots for Chicago during last week’s games. Here’s a look at my three stars of the week for the Chicago Blackhawks. 3rd Star - Dominik Kubalik The newly acquired Kubalik has been a strong addition to the team. Kubalik had a standout game against the Sharks with...
October 14th, 2019
Edmonton Oilers

CHICAGO — Patrick Kane and Alexander Nylander scored, Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Monday night for their first win of the season. Brandon Saad added an empty-netter with 32.7 seconds left to ...
October 14th, 2019
Long Read

Can’t catch all 82 Chicago Blackhawks’ games? Never fear; we’ve got you covered here at The Hockey Writers! Tune in for our weekly column to stay up to date on everything Blackhawks. We’ll cover highlights, scores, and trends as we follow the team’s progress together; for better or for worse. I gotta say, this wasn’t the start to the 2019-20 season I was expecting for the Chicago Blackhawks. This “new and improved” team from numerous offseason changes and upgrades was supposed to start off with a bang. Instead, they commenced with a whimper. The Blackhawks lost all three of their first games this past week, collecting only one out of a possible six points. The irony is they fell by only one goal in each matchup, and could potentially have won all three games. The team is definitely still a work in progress. So what can we learn from the first week of play? Blackhawks’ Week 1 Matchups @ Philadelphia Flyers, Fri. 10/4, Loss 4-3 Vs. San Jose Sharks,...
October 13th, 2019
Blackhawks Prospects

Second-year Rockford IceHogs head coach Derek King thought he everything settled for Saturday night’s home opener versus the Grand Rapids Griffins. He had a week of practice after his team lost at the Iowa Wild last Friday night. He had his lines set to make sure those who didn’t play last week would get their first action of the 2019-20 season. Then his phone rang. “I got the call,” King disclosed after the game to a rather large press scrum. “As you know, in the AHL, it’s shuffle your lines again and get ready for the game.” Dach Gets His First Taste of the Pro Game On Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that they were sending Kirby Dach, the third overall pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, down to the AHL on a conditioning stint. He made his professional debut in a 4-2 loss to the Griffins. Dach was reunited with his Traverse City buddies, Brandon Hagel and Adam Boqvist. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) Dach had not seen...
October 10th, 2019
San Jose Sharks

CHICAGO — Patrick Marleau scored two goals in his first game back with San Jose, and the Sharks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season. Barclay Goodrow snapped a third-period tie and Brent Burns scored h...
October 9th, 2019
Chicago Blackhawks

Things have been a little out of whack for the Chicago Blackhawks lately. As the 2019-20 season unfolds, a new era of Blackhawks history is upon us under the direction of new head coach Jeremy Colliton. After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive season in 2018-19, their longest drought since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews joined the team over a decade ago, it became clear that some things needed to change and some major weaknesses needed to be addressed. After losing the season opener 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, it’s also clear that some of those same questions still persist despite a very busy offseason. One of the weaknesses Stan Bowman addressed was the goalie situation. Blackhawks mainstay Corey Crawford has battled injuries the last two seasons which caused some unfortunate results. Bowman signed Robin Lehner as an insurance policy, which should help elevate Crawford’s play as well as give the Blackhawks a high-level replacement should...
October 7th, 2019
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL Rumors rundown, we look at the 2020 restricted free agency (RFA) class, including Chicago Blackhawks center Dylan Strome. Plus, is Alex Goligoski a trade candidate, and why didn't the Edmonton Oilers take a chance on Josh Ho-Sang. Also, it should be noted that with the St. Louis Blues in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs, progress could be made on an extension between the Blues and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Related: NHL Rumors: Senators, Marleau, Byfuglien, More Which RFAs Will Sign Early? As has been discussed many times over the past few weeks, there's a strong feeling around the league that teams, and perhaps players, are looking to avoid lengthy negotiations when it comes to RFAs coming off their entry-level contracts. The prolonged standstills of William Nylander, Mitch Marner, Brock Boeser, Patrik Laine, and Mikko Rantanen, among others, has left a bad taste in many mouths, especially general managers. It's resulted in players like Samuel Girard,...
October 7th, 2019
Long Read

The 2019-20 NHL hockey season is officially underway and the Chicago Blackhawks commenced their first matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers in Prague as part of the NHL Global Series. Regrettably, they came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 score for their first loss of the season. The Blackhawks don’t take the ice again until this coming Thursday against the San Jose Sharks, so we have a while to let this one fester. Why not use our time wisely and discuss the initial forward lines? One thing head coach Jeremy Colliton has going for him is he has lots of options with his line combinations. I’m sure we will see many different combinations as the season progresses. Based on what we’ve seen so far, would you change anything? Let’s start at the beginning and take it from there. Related - Blackhawks' Roundtable: Who Will Get These Firsts? Blackhawks’ Starting Forward Lines from Game 1 Here are the forward lines the Blackhawks iced in their first game of the season...