After a few strong performances recently, the Blackhawks weekend home-and-home with the Avs would serve as a good measuring stick.
If Friday’s matinee was any indication, Chicago has plenty of work for do.
Colorado was up two before four minutes were off the clock and the game was effectively over.
Zack Smith’s first goal as a member of the Hawks cut the lead in half but a showtime goal from Cale Makar gave the Avs a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes.
Colorado scored twice within a two-minute window in the middle of the second period to blow the game wide open.
Patrick Kane extended his personal point streak with his 13th of the year with five seconds left in the second period.
The Hawks actually had a 29-14 shot advantage after two periods.
Neither team scored in the third period and the game ended with the Avs taking a 5-2 victory.
The larger concern for Chicago is the health of Duncan Keith. He didn’t take a shift in the back half of the second period and did not return for the third. He has a groin injury and will not travel with the team to Colorado. Ian McCoshen was recalled; Matthew Highmore was sent to Rockford to open a roster spot.