Blackhawks Avoid Connor McDavid

The Blackhawks are in Edmonton for the second game of their five-game road trip. After an imposion in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks desperately need to put an end to their three-game losing streak.

And they just got some help.

Connor McDavid will reportedly be out 2-3 weeks for the Oilers with a quad injury, meaning he will be out against the Hawks on Tuesday night.

Since the Blackhawks’ last Stanley Cup championship in 2015, Patrick Kane leads all Hawks skaters with 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 13 games against the Oilers. Over those same 13 games, Jonathan Toews has won 61 percent of his faceoffs and has 10 points.

24 thoughts on “Blackhawks Avoid Connor McDavid

  1. Huge blow to the Oilers playoff hopes. For Mcdavid’s sake hope he’s back sooner than later. Blackhawks need to win this one.

  2. Wow fortunate, but don’t think that McDavid is the only dangerous player on this team. Hawks need to play like its game seven in a playoff series or they will do what they did on Sunday give up 5 unanswered goals. Let’s Go Hawks!

  3. He’s important for sure but NOT the least of the Hawks worries! Showing up for ALL 3 periods is critical, NOT taking stupid penalties (JT!), nor coughing up the puck on the PP (DCat!), being tough on the puck ( everyone but Seeler!) will determine outcome vs. Canucks, Oilers and Flames!!
    Go Hawks Go!!

  4. The Hawks will take all the help they can get and having the arguably best player on the planet miss the game certainly helps.

    Hopefully Boqvist is back and although my blood pressure has returned to normal after being elevated immediately after the Winnipeg game – I would still like to see DCat benched to (hopefully) help him re-focus on what he needs to do to help the team win.

  5. Dcat needs to be removed from PP1. That would also send a message and hopefully wake up the PP. Hawks need to add net presence if the guy banging the one timer is not available or getting the job done.

  6. It takes a very special forward to be trustworthy enough to ever be on the point. DeBrincat ain’t it.

  7. Watching the power plays from other teams will show you right away the few differences.First off there is a sense of urgency in the movement of the puck.All of the passes are crisp and on the tape.The entry is subtly different each time entering the offensive zone.The teams utilize their bumper a lot.Most of them all set up double screens low and high.Comparitively the Hawks power play looks sloppy,slow and on depressants.

  8. Strome sitting is a good start accountability wise.The performance spot light is now on Debrincat.Hopefully he is not on the 1st powerplay unit and from there if things dont pickup,down to the 4th line with Smith and Highmore.This is Nylander,a opportunity to snatch Debrincat,s spots on the 3rd line and 1st powerplay unit.

  9. Maybe with Nylander, more of a play maker, limited scorer, will help Debrincat have more of a shoot first mentality, than trying to feed Strome right now, until he gets his scoring confidence back. Hope Kubalik on top pp too and Debrincat on 2nd for now. Dach can be the needed rightshot and Kubalik in slot.

  10. Wow. High praise for Hawks prospect Ryan Shea after getting rave reviews from Scott Wheeler and Scott Powers in the past week.

    This is a tweet from Jeff Cox who covers a lot of hockey in the northeast :

    Jeff Cox
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    Final thing I’ll say about the Beanpot. For me, the Beanpot MVP was Northeastern sr. D and captain Ryan Shea. That’s not to take anything away from Zach Solow. In addition to 4 points, Shea logged a ton of minutes on blue line, brings leadership and calming presence.

  11. One of Dcat or Strome had to sit – this time it’s Strome maybe Dcat is next if he doesn’t get his head screwed on right

    Glad to see JC sit one of them

    EDM not having McDavid should be an advantage for the Hawks but when was the last time they took advantage of a tired or injured or poor team or a rookie goaltender – maybe 2015 final vs Ben Bishop when he was fighting injury the whole final

    I fear a real stinker tonight – hope I’m wrong

  12. It’s not uncommon for a team that loses a star player to injury to band together and play a real tough team game to compensate for the loss. I seem to recall a few years ago when we lost (I think it was) Jonny and we went on to win 8 in a row or something like that. Don’t be surprised if Draisaitl is in beast mode tonight.

  13. Do you guys think that Colliton is going to put Debrincat and Nylander on the same line?I would think that you would have to split them putting one of them with Carpenter or Smith

  14. Wrap going out on a limb and saying they have a successful rest of this road trip. 3 and 1 or 2-1-1 even. Just because that’s the Jekyll and Hyde team this year. Figure their done and they bounce back, then get close and lose a few.

    Tim not much difference between having Strome or Nylander with D3brincat, if you think about it. You may be right he splits them up, just hope he doesn’t try and piggy back Nylander with Kane again if he does.

  15. Watched the last half of the Beanpot game – Jake Wise actually looked good and was getting lots of ice time. Scored a goal and had the key assist on the game tying goal with a second left. Saw the NE coach interviewed after the game and he was gushing about Shea’s leadership. Does anyone know if he plans to sign with the Hawks? Since he has stayed four years he can wait until August and become a free agent if he wants.

  16. Mr. Self Proclaimed Hockey Expert Hull65 said these things:

    1. Kubalik is an ECHL player or an AHL player

    2. Said to trade for Buff … despite a mutual contact termination coming up which will lead to Buff’s free agency … where he can freely sign with any team.

    3. Said to sign “zeh James Neal” … even though Neal wasn’t a free agent.

    4. Called Scotty Bowman a “crybaby”.

    5. Spells the word “pajamas” pyjamas.

    Or then again, maybe it was Hull65’s alter egos Mikita21/Makita/Savoir/Totti/Fonsi who said all those things.

    Hull65 is a stupid frog buffoon. Ribbet ribbet ribbet. How. Ugh. Drink firewater in teepee with Everett Sanipass and Fred Sasakamoose. Indigenous brothers, How. Ugu. Trade Manhattan for $24 and a sting of beads. Ugh. How.

    No wonder Tim hangs on his every word … slurp it up Timmy W. slurp it up.

  17. Five facts about Morrison:

    1. Anybody who calls out his stupidity is called a sock puppet or a flatlander. Yawn.

    2. Morrison is a drunk.

    3. Morrison spends his free time on hockey message boards vs. learning the English language.

    4. Morrison can not, for the life of him, understand contractions or the difference between their and they’re or your and you’re.

    5. Morrison’s boyfriend is the old Canadian coot Ian “Your right Ian, thats right Ian” etc. etc.

    Do the world a favor, Morrison. Learn how to communicate in English you drunken loser.

  18. I hope im wrong, but i think the Hawks are done this year they just dont have the talent on the ice or behind the bench I hope Rocky wakes up to the fact that other teams have the cream of the Hawks , Panerin Tereveinin Schmaultz Q Hammer

  19. I find it really sad that we are talking about which player should be called out and benched for a game or 2 when we are supposed to fighting for a playoff position .

    Two of our top 7 forwards D cat and Strome ,perhaps they are top 6 . guys ?..Bench them both , give Toews something to really cry about .

    The Hawks need an attitude adjustment and a player shift ,deal a few of these heartless screw ups .

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