Power Outage? Power Play? Power ‘Hawks!By Brad Stewart on November 16, 2010 at 1:03 am in Blackhawks
The Blackhawks had a power outage on Saturday, and on Sunday they looked like the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The power play against Nashville was absolutely awful. An extended five on three during the second period decided the game.
On Sunday the Blackhawks bounced back with the effort everyone expected as the scored twice on the power-play. Two goals out of four opportunities and a change of personal really went far. Marian Hossa was finally moved up to the first power play unit. Tomas Kopecky had no business being on the first unit but he was for most of the season thus far. Hossa along with Kane, Toews, Sharp, and Seabrook is a much better unit then having Kopecky out there. The bottom line Tomas Kopecky can’t finish and Marian Hossa has always finished.
Right now, the ‘Hawks rank third in the NHL on the power play. It needs to stay there or this season is going to go down the tubes very quickly.
Let’s Play–Guess who’s in the doghouse now?
David Bolland! Everyone fell in love with “The Rat” last April, May and June. His performance this season has been extremely underwhelming. Last season, he was penciled in to be the second line center but then he had major back surgery which foiled that plan. Patrick Sharp made the move to the middle when Bolland went down and stayed there the rest of the season even after “The Rat” made his return.
Bolland signed a relatively huge five year deal a couple off-seasons ago and the thought behind the deal was that he would develop into a solid second line center behind Jonathan Toews. Sure–he was a massive pain in the butt for Henrik Sedin, Joe Thornton and Mike Richards last year during the playoffs but he needs to become the second line center the ‘Hawks envisioned him becoming in the regular season too.
The “Circus Trip” is upon us
The “Circus Trip” is always a big moment in the Blackhawks season. A 5-1 or 4-2 trip is a must. Last year’s trip marked the beginning of Marian Hossa’s Blackhawk career and the Hawks came together as arguably the best team in the NHL. This season they need to come together as a team and pick up some points. First up is the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Not only is a win a must but a statement needs to be made. Everyone in the NHL has beaten up on the young Oilers except the Blackhawks. It’s time to start beating the teams you’re supposed to be beat.
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