The Blackhawks have a chance to redeem themselves this weekend as they get back on the ice to take on the LA Kings (Sat) and Anaheim Ducks (Sun). I won’t spend much time setting up the games as we have a bunch of great questions to go through below. However, I will call out a couple things as it’s been a somewhat eventful week.
The Blackhawks once again had a stinker of a game when they took on the LA Kings on Saturday night. Chicago was able to get 2 points out of Anaheim on Sunday though and there were some positives from last night's game. Let's look at them.
I had to take a time out this week from all things Blackhawks. After that game on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, I wasn't sure what to write. However, they finally looked like a real hockey team last night and I have thoughts.
The Hawks built off of their 5-2 win over Vancouver as they took 3 out of 4 points this weekend. The stars are really picking up their game. This is a really good thing as early in the season the Hawks were being fuelled by the bottom 6 on most nights which wasn't a good recipe for success.
Even though it was 57 shots against, I’m still enjoying that win against the Leafs on Sunday. I will admit I’m mostly still thinking about that “W” because I’m in the Toronto market and have a lot of friends that are Leafs fans, so it’s quite enjoyable seeing the Hawks beat them in any fashion. Moving on to what’s to come for the Blackhawks, I wanted to touch on their upcoming opponents, Connor Murphy’s imminent return.
As expected, Adam Boqvist was sent down with the impending return of Connor Murphy. Some were mad. Some weren't surprised by the move. Some were both. Boqvist had a strong showing in his 6 games. He registered his 1st career NHL goal, averaged 14:27 of ice time and most importantly proved he could hang in the NHL. The reality is that he will be back. Will it be this year? I would say there's a strong chance that's the case.
Live from Mexico, I have some thoughts. What a satisfying weekend for Hawks fans. The real talk is that the Chicago Blackhawks are 6-1-2 in their last 9 games.