On the heels of Sunday afternoon’s 2-1 overtime victory against the Stars, the Blackhawks return to the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night in search of their third consecutive win.
Chicago’s path to victory in Sunday’s game was led by Alex DeBrincat, who has stayed red-hot since returning from the COVID-19 Protocol list. DeBrincat scored both Blackhawks goals on Sunday: the first coming on a Blackhawks powerplay in the middle of the second period and the second in overtime that was the game-winner. Patrick Kane tallied assists on both goals, which aided in him being named the NHL’s second star of the week.
The lone Dallas goal, scored by Jason Robertson, materialized after a bad bounce off of Malcom Subban’s glove. Save for this one blunder, Subban put on an excellent performance, allowing just one goal on 31 shots. Subban’s impressive .968 save percentage came in only his third start of the season, as the Blackhawks have been riding the success of rookie Kevin Lankinen.
While the Hawks’ consistency in net is encouraging, their struggles in the offensive zone are a cause for concern. Despite having one of the best Blackhawks power plays in recent memory, Chicago has lacked consistent scoring at even strength. It has become routine to see Kane — along with Duncan Keith — lead the team in ice time while many of the team’s first and second-year players do not see even half of the minutes the veterans are skating.
With Adam Boqvist joining the team after coming off of the Covid-19 list on Monday, an opportunity presents itself for coach Jeremy Colliton to distribute more ice time to the Blackhawks’ young core, particularly in late game scenarios. While it’s nice to see the power play regularly find the back of the net, as well as the continued success of DeBrincat, players such as Dominik Kubalik, Phillip Kurashev and Pius Suter have been impressive despite very limited ice time. The same can be said for Ian Mitchell and Nicolas Beaudin on the backend. The kids can clearly play, so why not let them? Maybe the Hawks can even go back to taking the ice to Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” - or is that a bit too much to ask?
Let’s go Hawks.
Tale of the tape (statistics from this season)
Blackhawks — Statistic — Dallas Stars
47.70% (23rd) — Corsi For — 49.57% (17th)
46.66% (23th) — Expected goals for — 52.78 (11th)
2.92 (16th) — Goals per game — 4.00 (1st)
3.08 (20th) — Goals against per game — 2.50 (6th)
47.0% (26th) — Faceoffs — 49.2% (21st)
37.8% (3rd) — Power play — 40.0% (2nd)
81.0% (13th) — Penalty kill — 80.0% (17th)
Projected lineups (subject to change)
Janmark — Kurashev — Kane
DeBrincat — Strome — Kubalik
Suter — Soderberg — Hagel
Highmore — Kampf — Shaw
Keith — Mitchell
de Haan — Murphy
Zadorov — Beaudin
Benn — Pavelski — Kiviranta
Robertson — Hintz — Gurianov
Cogliano — Faksa — Comeau
Caamano — Kero — Dellandrea
Lindell — Klingberg
Heiskanen — Oleksiak
Hanley — Pysyk
How to watch
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
TV: NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN+, Fox Sports Southwest
Live stream: NBC Sports app, NHL.TV