The Chicago Blackhawks are off to a slow start this season as they have dropped their first game to the Blues and the second to the Preds. While the Hawks have been able to generate some offense in both games, it has fallen short to both opponents so far. The Hawk have some talented rookies on the roster, almost all getting some scoring chances or setting them up, but the Hawks collectively need to pick up their game.
In the first game against St. Louis, the Blackhawks managed to get some pucks into the net, with Richard Panik scoring the first goal of the season for the good guys. Ryan Hartman tallied the only other goals for the Hawks as they couldn’t match the offense of the Blues.
After midway through the second period, the Hawks shut down offensively, getting very few chances had a hard time getting their defense together. Vladimir Tarasenko ended up scoring two goals in the season opener, getting three points. In the last few minutes of the game, the Hawks seemed to lose all communication as a pass by D Brent Seabrook missed Patrick Kane in their own defensive zone only to slide passed Kane into Chicago’s own empty net with the Hawks dropping the game to the Blues 5-2.
The second game of the season was a closer battle as the Blackhawks and the Preds faced off. With quite a few penalties on both sides, each team had power play chances that only Nashville capitalized on, with all three of their goals being PPGs. F Marcus Kruger and D Niklas Hjalmarsson scored their first goals of the season, Hjalmarsson on his first back from his three-game suspension from his hit on the Blues Ty Rattie in preseason play. Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves with Bitetto in the second period, showing once again that the Blackhawks have picked up an enforcer this year. Bitetto would leave the game not to return after the fight.
Very rarely do Hawks fans get to see their captain drop the gloves and that’s just what they saw last night as words were exchanged between Jonathan Toews and James Neal, leading to them going toe-to-toe in a rare fight for both players. The Predators would win this matchup 3-2 with a rematch set for tonight at the UC.