Here’s the stock report:
Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist for the second straight game with three points. After scoring two goals, his season total is up to 16 through 34 games, which takes over the team lead from Patrick Kane.
Toews is the Blackhawks’ leading goal scorer. Let that sink it.
He had 20 goals in 74 games last season and is on pace to finish with a career-high 39 goals. His current personal best is 34, set back in 2008-09.
Through two games, Carl Dahlstrom is holding his own. The Swedish defenseman made a key play to the puck past Jacob Trouba to set up a 2-on-1 opportunity to set up Brandon Saad and Toews for a goal in the second period. With the assist, Dahlstrom has an assist in each of his two games since his call up from the AHL.
Dahlstrom led the Blackhawks defensemen in 5-on-5 play with 15:55 of ice time, so it’s clear that head coach Jeremy Colliton is comfortable with his play.
Top guy business
Colliton stuck with his top-nine forward pairings, and it looks like Dominik Kahun will stay on the top line. While Kahun didn’t find his name on the scoresheet, he did utilize his speed and created chances for his linemates. He had four shots on goal and posted a 57.89 Corsi percentage in 12:25 minutes of ice time.
By keeping forward lines together for more than two or three games, the Blackhawks should be able to build some chemistry together.
Brandon Saad — Jonathan Toews — Dominik Kahun
Alex DeBrincat — Dylan Strome — Patrick Kane
Dylan Sikura — David Kampf — Brendan Perlini
The Blackhawks snapped their 11-game streak of allowing the first goal in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Penguins. On Friday, Blake Wheeler and Scheifele connected on the power play to give the Jets a 1-0 lead. Toews would make up for his penalty by tying the game 1-1 in the final minute of the first period.
Finishing off the period
Mathieu Perreault gave the Jets a 3-2 lead in the final minute of the second period after he left the penalty box. Wheeler took the puck away from Brendan Perlini and sent a pass up the ice to Scheifele, who found a wide open Perreault. All the Blackhawks were converged on one side of the ice, and Erik Gustafsson was caught way out of position to give Wheeler the opportunity to connect with Perreault. That’s also a 1-on-1 chance that Crawford should stop.
Converting a power play in the final 2 minutes to regain the lead heading into the second intermission would’ve been a big momentum shift for the Blackhawks.
No wins against Winnipeg
The Jets are an offensive juggernaut. They’ve won three straight games this season against the Blackhawks with Nikolaj Ehlers (hat trick Nov. 29), Scheifele (two goals, assist) and Wheeler (three assists) each recording three-point efforts in one single game this season. Sometime players just click against other teams.
The two Central Division foes meet one more time this season April 1 in Chicago. It’ll the second to last game of the season for both sides. The Blackhawks will most likely be trying to better their odds in the draft lottery, while the Jets will be seeking better playoff positioning.
The Hawks host the third game of their four-game homestand Sunday when they play the Sharks at the United Center.