Here are some quick Blackhawks notes for today, Final Four Day.
Blackhawks buried by Avalanche
The Chicago Blackhawks lost 5-0 to the Colorado Avalanche last night in Denver. Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov turned away everything the Blackhawks threw at him, until he had to exit the game early in the third due to an apparent injury. The most striking statistic from last night: the Hawks gave up a power play goal in each period of play.
Blake Hillman made his debut for the Blackhawks last night in Denver, where he spent his collegiate career as a stalwart defenseman for the University of Denver Pioneers. Hillman, who signed a two year, entry-level deal with Chicago earlier this week, had a solid first game. He had 19 minutes of ice time, doled out three hits and blocked three shots.
Delia, Sikura stable in their second games
A whirlwind twenty four hours ended for Dylan Sikura and Collin Delia last night.
Delia, who backstopped the Blackhawks for the second consecutive game, had an admirable outing, albeit not having any much support in front of him, offensively or defensively. Delia was on the hook for all five goals against last night.
Sikura, for his part, added to a stellar first game at the United Center Thursday night with a sound performance last night. He had two shots on goal, blocked two shots and had a takeaway.
With last night’s loss, the Blackhawks fell to a 32-37-10 record, good for 74 points and 25th in the league. According to the website tankathon.com, the Hawks have anywhere between a 6.5 to 7.1% chance of landing one of the top three overall picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. They also have anywhere between a 26.0 and 39.5% chance of landing either the seventh or eight overall pick.
Carlsson could sign with Blackhawks
According to a report from Scott Powers of The Athletic Chicago, Blackhawks prospect Lucas Carlsson may sign with the team soon.
The Gavle, Sweden native was picked by the Blackhawks during the fourth round of the 2016 draft. He is considered to be one of Chicago’s top 10 prospects. He played for Sweden when the Tre Kronor won the World Championships in 2016.
He also had a big role with his Swedish Hockey League team, Brynas, entrusting him with top defensive minutes, averaging 19:22 of ice time and posting a career-best seven goals and 11 assists for the season. His contract with Brynas ended this Friday.
A factor that could play in whether or not the Blackhawks sign him soon is the fact that Carlsson is a left-handed shot. The Blackhawks are currently replete with lefties (Duncan Keith, Erik Gustafsson, Jordan Oesterle, Gustav Forsling, Luv Snuggerud, Carl Dahlstrom, Robin Norell, Hillman, Joni Tuulola) that are signed for next year. While head coach Joel Quenneville is not averse with playing lefties on the right side, the current logjam may give the Blackhawks pause with signing Carlsson for this year.
The Blackhawks are back at it Wednesday night, with a tilt with the St. Louis Blues.