The Chicago Blackhawks dropped another game last night, losing 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes needed the win, as they are still in playoff contention. As for the Blackhawks, well, it would have been fun to play spoiler.
Here are some of my thoughts from last night’s game.
When it’s bad, it’s bad.
The fact that this season is a loss is not unbeknownst to anyone. The fact that one of the main reasons as to why this season went down the way it did is the unprecedented decline in play of the veterans of this team.
Last night, that was in full display. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad were all held to one shot on goal each the entire game. All of their shots on goal came in one period: the third. Toews and Saad had the worst Corsi numbers of their careers last night. Toews had a 15.63 Corsi percentage, Saad had a 14.29. Kane posted an 18.18 percentage, good for fourth worst of his career.
This is not to say that these proven vets are the problem. Far from it. Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat all had one or no shots on goal last night. And if you look at the last 30 games, Kane leads the team with 25 points. Toews and Schmaltz are second with 21. This is just further indication as to just how snake bitten this team as a whole have been all season.
Berube making his case
JF Berube knew what kind of situation he would walk into when he was called up to replace Jeff Glass. With the prospect of Corey Crawford not returning at all for the rest of the season, Berube knew that he can somehow make his case for the backup position for next season.
After a stellar showing against the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night, Berube turned in another great one last night. While he did take the 3-2 loss, he stood tall and earned a .925 save percentage, despite being left out to dry by the team in front of him. If he turns in more performances like this, Anton Forsberg’s hold on position as the main backup can end up being very tenuous.
Missing Teuvo Time
Man, do I miss Teuvo Teravainen. His goal last night, which was eventually awarded to his teammate Sebastian Aho, was the stuff dreams are made of. His team-leading 52 points at Carolina would only be second to Patrick Kane with the Blackhawks. He has earned career highs in goals, assists and points this year. His speed has vastly improved, as his two-way play. Just goes to show how extremely short-sighted the Bryan Bickell signing is, that we had to sacrifice a talent such as Teravainen’s just so we can take the Bickell albatross from the books.
ICYMI: The Blackhawks have reassigned defenseman Carl Dahlstrom to the Rockford Ice Hogs.
The Blackhawks will be back Saturday morning, with a home and home tilt against the Boston Bruins.