The Blackhawks have fallen on tough times since their nice stretch they had a few weeks back. Since January 7th the team is 1-3-2 with their one win coming Sunday in a fun 8-5 win over the Capitals. Jonathan Toews scored his sixth career hat trick Sunday as Patrick Kane added two more goals. They have one more game against the Islanders on Tuesday before the All Star break.
Kane (who will be the lone All Star for the Hawks) scored four total points Sunday, which brings his January total to seven goals and 17 points. He has recorded points in 15 of his last 16 games. Kane sits with 29 goals and 69 points on the year. He just continues to tear it up and people may start to stop talking about 40+ goals, but 50+ on the year. Seems like he can exceed 110 points with this pace.
As for Toews, his hat trick put him over the 20 goal mark. He has now scored 20+ goals in every single season he has played since his debut in 2007-2008. His 21 goals currently exceeded his total last year (20) and matched his 2016-2017 total. He is on pace to score 30+ goals for the first time since 2011 and could flirt with 80 points.
Overall it is pretty crazy that Toews and Kane could have their best years in a season they won’t make the playoffs. Goes to show how important depth is.
For other players, Alex DeBrincat scored goal #25 against the Caps and has recorded points in seven games this month. Colin Delia continues to show promise, while also showing some growing pains. He still needs work on his rebound control and giving up some soft goals, but he has still had some very good performances and made some big saves. He wowed the United Center crowd Sunday with an incredible stop on Tom Wilson, though, he also gave up some goals he would probably like to have back.
Lastly, Corey Crawford has been doing some on-ice activities as he eyes to return. More news surly to come as time goes on, but this is pretty big news.