Tonight the Blackhawks are back at the Madhouse on Madison as they face the Dallas Stars for their home opener. After avoiding a Dallas shutout by seconds in the season opener – literally, Nick Leddy scored with 13.6 seconds left in regulation – the Hawks need to find a lucky horseshoe because they weren’t getting any breaks last night.
Stars’ goalie Lehtonen was rather flawless stopping 37 shots, tonight probably won’t be much different. The Hawks out-shot the Stars 22-12 in the second period, but somehow the Stars came out with 2 goals and the Hawks had nada.
With one game down, there were a few things I noticed about the young (excluding O’Donnell) Blackhawks team.
- Duncan Keith needs to be a bit more aggressive, if you’re going to run this defense you need to have a little pep in your step on the ice. We like to see some checking!
- If the first period of this game was a representation of how Corey Crawford will play this year, hellooo playoffs!
- Quenneville just needs to define his lines, see what works best under the pressure of the regular season – I feel like there was quite a bit of clumsy wipeouts, more than usual.
- Brent Seabrook and I are still not dating, this is a huge disadvantage for their upcoming season.