The Hawks are back at it tonight as they welcome the Kraken to the United Center. The story of this season so far is just complete inconsistency from this team. They come out flat each and every game, and by the time they are ready to go, they are down big (i.e., Columbus). However, you then have them come out and have a great statement game, coming from behind and beating a Cup-contending team in the Maple Leafs. You would think that would be a game that gets this team going and ready to play the next one, and at last they come out flat once more, show no urgency, and fall to their divisional rival St. Louis Blues. There are going to be some growing pains with such a young roster, but as Nick Foligno said, this many games into the season, you should have an idea of what to expect and be able to make adjustments to get the job done. I am by no means asking for this team to play perfect hockey every time they step on the ice, but please just show some sort of urgency and don’t make the fans question if you forgot what time the game was at. After a 4-2 loss, they now face a team in Seattle that seems to have the same problem. They are currently 4-3-3 in their last 10 games and have struggled so far this season to match what they were able to do last season. With a tough few games coming up here this week, this is an important one to get off on the right foot.
Blackhawks lines in morning skate before hosting Kraken tonight. LWs switched up:
Kaner signed a 1-year deal worth $2.75 million with all salary, no bonuses, and a full no-trade clause. Listen, people are acting like his going to Detroit is the end of the world. For me, this is a non-issue. There is no rivalry between the teams anymore as far as I am concerned, and I am actually excited to see what he can do playing with Brinksycat once again. The most interesting thing about this is how he is going to produce it once he is back. The procuder he had done has only been down on a hand full of NHLers, and right now the odds are against him. Ryan Kesler never played again after having this done, Ed Jovanovski played only 37 games and put up 5 points, and Nicklas Backstrom just stepped away from the game after not getting the results he had hoped from this surgery. I really hope Kaner can beat the odds and be Showtime once more.
That’s going to be it for me. The puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. central, and as always, let's go Hawks!