Blackhawks Hammer Kings On Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Who could have imagined rolling out a couple guys who saw a lot of success together last year would pay immediate dividends?

Head coach Jeremy Colliton put Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome back together on Sunday night when the Los Angeles Kings visited the United Center. The two close friends were tremendous together after Strome was acquired from Arizona in a mid-season trade last year, but Strome has been searching for his offense early this season.

It took less than three minutes for the two to hook up on a scoring chance.

That goal, Strome’s second of the season at 2:33 into the first period, came off assists from DeBrincat and Slater Koekkoek.

Chicago had a 12-11 shot advantage and lead 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Hawks killed their only penalty in the first period but failed on both power plays.

The Kings out-shot the Hawks 12-8 in the second period. Chicago out-scored LA 3-0 in the period.

Alex Nylander made a nice play in front of the net and David Kampf benefited, tapping home Chicago’s second goal of the night.

Almost 16 minutes into the second DeBrincat set up Strome again.

Strome is a good friend and didn’t want DeBrincat to pile up only assists in the game. So he hooked his friend up for a goal of his own a little more than three minutes later.

Chicago took a 4-0 lead to the third period, a welcome feeling after getting their lunch handed to them on Saturday afternoon. The last couple weeks have been ugly for the Hawks so a thumping of a one-time rival atop the Western Conference was just what the doctor ordered.

The Kings spoiled the shutout bid of Robin Lehner when Sean Walker scored his third of the season early in the third period. But Drake Cagguila closed the books for the night with his third of the year later in the final frame.

That felt good.

Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for the second time in his career on Sunday night. Dennis Gilbert skated in his place. Gilbert blocked two shots and was credited with a team-leading eight hits in 16:47 on the ice.

Brandon Saad skated 18:02 and was the only Blackhawks forward without a shot on net. Patrick Kane led Chicago with five shots on net and was credited with one assist. Nylander put four on net and also picked up an assist.

Calvin de Haan (20:57) and Duncan Keith (24:13) were the only defensemen over 20 minutes in the game. de Haan had another strong performance. He was credited with six hits and two blocked shots.

Lehner was terrific. He stopped 38 of 39 in the win.

33 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hammer Kings On Hockey Fights Cancer Night

  1. That was a nice game to watch. With Seabrook out, Keith played well. Nylander has as much skill as any of our forwards. Good to see Strome and Brinksy reunited. Maybe that Seabrook benching move motivates the veterans. The Kings actually remind me of the Hawks with some of their poor play. We should take this victory with a grain of salt.

  2. Kane had one point, which is always good, but wasn’t the offensive show. To me, that was just fine because I did see better defensive play from him, and others, in terms of pursuing the back checking and making a difference. Nylander’s assist was a great second effort play. And of course the DeBrincat, Strome, Carpenter line really played well. If these guys all just play hard game after game, it’s clear they’ve got the ability to win a fair share of games. Gilbert was throwing himself at everything, also, and making himself a name for the coaches to decide what to do with now.

  3. They pounded a dog breath team; it’s a start.

    How many games were Debrincat and Strome playing apart/not on the same line? Too many. Ignorant coaching. X infinity.

    Strome was nearly a point a game player after he joined the Hawks last season, while playing exclusively w Debrincat, so let’s break them up and on top of that, play Strome on the wing. I hope we’ve seen the last of those two not playing in the same line …. as long as they are both on the Hawks.

    I’ll admit Kampf has improved to the point that he can pass (no pun) as an NHL forward, but he is a 4th line player. He can’t be the second or third line center. That’s not going to work on a good team. With the coach the Hawks have, so far, they are not a good team. I hope Kampf goes on a scoring binge and the coach has an awakening to prove me wrong.

    The mess the Hawks are currently in was, remains and will be all on Bowman. They have to go on a very hot run to get into the playoff conversation. Teams in west piling up points. I hope they can do it. We ll see.

    Good evening.

  4. The Kings suck but maybe seeing some pucks go in the net will get the offense going. Still concerned that 19 and 88 were probably the 3rd best line. Continue to be impressed by Nylander, he put a lot of good hardworking shifts in tonight. I would scratch Seabs again on Tuesday – thought Koekkoek and Gilbert deserve to stay in.

  5. Yes it was only the Kings, but it’s something to build on.
    HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH about 12 & 17 together. JC can’t argue with that production; they have the receipts.
    Now don’t go out there and poop the bed in Nashville on Tuesday.

  6. Well our AHL team had a heck of a night. Strome with 2, Caggiula with 1, Kampf with one, and assists everywhere. Kneelander looking like he may end up as a top line AHLer soon. Even the midget Dcat got on the board with a goal and some serious helpers.

    Too bad none of them play for the Hawks.

    Good effort against a poor team. But they did show up and earned the win. It’s a start.

    Did you guys here whose birthday it was today????? Pat must have been getting paid for each mention.

  7. Good start as said, Preds Tuesday will be a test, then rematch with Kings and a Ducks team playing very good hockey so far next wknd. Should get an idea by then, if starting to turn around or this is just a one up. Still gotta like beating the Kings regardless of how you want to spin it.z

  8. It is hard to understand the Kampf haters. His line has been dominant recently. I don’t remember people bitching about Kruger the way they bitch about Kampf and the two are similar. Kampf is costing $2.5 mil less.

    LA looked terrible. There were times they had chances to make the Hawks pay for mistakes and they couldn’t do it. The Hawks were not flawless.

    Rookie coaches are like rookie players. They make mistakes. Colliton tried to get too cute and it didn’t work. Yes there were some “work ethic” issues on a night or two, but splitting up what worked previously did not make sense. Hopefully, we are done with that kind of nonsense. There are things coaches know that we wannabee coaches don’t know, so it is not as simple as it seems. That said, there are a couple things that should be simple moving forward as far as lines go.

    Nylander looks outstanding. But somehow it feels fragile.

    The Perlini situation is puzzling. The guy has so much talent. Blog site commentators think they have it figured out and maybe they do. Once again, the coaches know things. Maybe he is toxic in the locker room or lazy during practice. Who knows?

    Lehner is a tremendous goalie. The goalie situation is starting to clarify. Of course, it is still early.

    Rather than creating euphoria, this game just generates a sigh of relief, but thank goodness for it.

  9. 1. NY Rangers: 13.44
    2. San Jose: 12.69
    3. Chicago: 11.58
    4. Washington: 10.67
    5. St. Louis: 10.48

    High danger chances against per 60.

    For those railing against Colliton and wanting Crawford. Yes he’s ultimately in charge. But do you honestly think Crawford wasn’t at least partially on board? Nothing was working. Including the Debrincat/Strome line. That’s why it was broken up to start with.

  10. I think we are missing hull65 and his comments on how bad kampf is….so far this season he has shown the most consistency in his play, granted the rest of the team besides Saad has been horrendous….so take it for what it’s worth. Going forward it was a good game, now let’s see what happens in Nashville Tuesday and if they can build off this game.

  11. As far as Kampf, people don’t hate his game as much as the line he plays on. Fourth line center is where he needs to be. Never seen Kane backcheck as much as he did last night. If he continues to bring that night after night makes the team much better.

  12. Rusty – IIRC both 12 and 17 had 3 points through 3 games playing together to start the year and then were broken up presumably to try and get more from 19 and 88 or to have them on different lines

    I supported JC all last year but his decision making has been questionable so far this year – trying to force a square peg into a round hole – as another poster said hopefully he’s come to his senses now

    Re: Kampf – I love Kampf as a 4th liner not in the top 9 – no coincidence he scores his first goal finally as 4C and I really like that 4th line from last night 92-64-8

    So JC force fed Kampf into the top 9 and forced 12 and 17 apart and when he finally reverses course things work out much better (albeit vs a weak LA team) – how many points were lost while JC was figuring out the obvious?

    We don’t want to be in a pattern of becoming a dumpster fire before JC makes the right call – I get that he’s young and will make mistakes so let’s see how quickly he’s learning – they will be other times when changes are called for – hopefully it doesn’t take him so long next time to push the right buttons

  13. Posted this in the wrong thread:

    Nice game against a pretty bad team. Came at a good time, but I need to see the Hawks do this a few games against better competition before I get too excited. That said it was nice to take it to a team for a change.

    I think that JC needs to do a better job of getting Nylander and Dach playing time without disrupting the top lines. I remember when DeBrincat was a rookie and Coach Q stuck him on the third line and left him there pretty much all season long. He got sheltered minutes and it didn’t affect the top two lines at all and he managed to score 28 goals… I think putting Nylander and Dach in the bottom six solves a number of problems for the Hawks, 1) It gives them sheltered minutes. If JC is only going to play these guys 10-13 minutes a game he can do so from the bottom six without messing with the top six line combos. 2) It can bring scoring to the bottom six. 3) It allows you to play line combos that practiced together the entire game.

    Putting Nylander on the top line to start the season was a monstrous mistake. Only playing him 9 minutes there puts pressure on the guys who have to move from the line they practiced on and skate with guys who didn’t practice together. Same thing with Dach. Replacing Strome as second line center and then only playing 10 minutes causes a cascade effect through the lines putting guys who haven’t practiced with each other game time the rest of the minutes.

    I get that sometimes lines need to be scrambled during a game, but it seems like a nightly occurrence from JC. I think it is a direct result of putting guys in a position and them not being able to handle the load.

    I think if Nylander is going to play around 13 minutes he should be on the third line and if Dach is going to play around 10 minutes he should play on the fourth.

    20-19-8/88
    12-17-8/88
    92-64-65 (8)
    22/15-77-91

    This kind of distributes the guys according to the minutes they play and should put guys who compliment each other together. I like the idea of both 20 and 8 with Toews, but I also want to see what 8 could do with 12 and 17. If 64 and 8 can’t be broken up, fine, throw Shaw in the top six instead, but I hate him there and think he is a much better third line guy. Until Dach can play 15+ minutes a night he should not be in the top six. Period. Don’t put him on the second line until he can replace Strome’s 17+minutes a night centering that line.

    It’s ok for first round picks to play bottom six roles until they prove they can handle more. I think it has helped Nylander and more time there will reap dividends down the road. I don’t think this is a permanent place for these guys, but if Dach can’t play more than 10-12 minutes a night, he should play on the fourth line until he can play longer. Not unlike Nylander…

  14. Wrap Kampf had more ice time than Kane last night. Only Saad and Toews had more in fwd group. Not really 4th line, lol.

  15. I missed the game due to family obligations but it seems I missed a good one. Nice to read Cat and Strome were re-united – now keep them together.

    Who did Dach play with, and why did he play only 14 shifts and 10:20? Did something happen to him or was it just one of things?

  16. EB Dach played with Saad and Shaw mostly and only in 5 on 5, Shaw played less than minute more. Kampf led all forwards in 5 on 5 ice time with 14:35. Therewas 12 mins special teams and 4 on 4 added to it that he didn’t get on the ice for. So not so outta whack as it looks.

  17. Wasn’t paying attention, but did Dach miss a shift after he got rocked? Or were they already being careful with his shifts?

    He’s not taking D-zone draws. He went 1for6 overall. 5 came in the neutral zone.

    He did go 4 for 5 against the Canes. Zero d zone draws.

    2 for 5 against Philly, 1 in D zone.

    0 for 1 against Vegas.

    1-5 against Washington. 0 D-zone

    So while his defense overall is relatively sound, they don’t let him take d zone draws. So his opportunities to get on the ice as a center are already limited.

  18. Great game at the right time.If 88 and 19 could get it going it would definitely give a clearer picture of what this team can be.This west coast trip should provide some answers.COLLITON in a tough spot now with SEABROOK.CARPENTER is turning out to be a solid signing.The guy does not take any shifts off.

  19. Many mention how the Blackhawks beat a bad LA team but maybe most important the Blackhawks played the day before in the afternoon while LA played the day before at night and had their backup goalie in net against the Blackhawks.

    This game was borderline must/better win.

  20. What’s the general consensus on Dach – stay with the Hawks or go back to Saskatoon before he plays his 10th game?

    My vote would be to keep him with the Hawks. He doesn’t look overwhelmed at all so let him get his rookie season growing pains done this year rather than next year.

  21. Rusty he was on ice for 1st shift in 2nd, but not sure on last part of 1st. Ice woukd say not many, he had about 3:35 in 1st period, so not out of whack with final ice time.
    If the win against the Kings was meaningless are people trying to say 12 and 17 big game back together was meaningless too. It’s a win enjoy it on to next game.

  22. Let us hope that the failed experiment of keeping Strome and DeBrincat on separate lines is now over. The two of them have amazing chemistry, so don’t muck with it.
    Also Carpenter has been consistent and effective. He plays a strong game at both ends and was a great addition to that line. Love the grit he plays with.
    Nylander has great instincts, speed and elite skill. Let’s hope he continues to progress.
    Agree that Koekkoek is looking better than anticipated. Sitting Seabrook is something we should do more often.

  23. Ian – if Kampf is getting more ice time than other Cs that’s fine in a defensive role, plus he’s on the PK

    In my mind Kampf is still 4C – it’s just that JC is playing 64 more than 77 or 17

    If you want to say that makes him 2C and 17 or 77 is 4C – well go ahead – to me it’s about the role he’s filling which is a checking role not an offensive one – any scoring is a bonus

    As well it means JC is able to roll 4 lines effectively

  24. Miro, going by your ideas for lines, when 12 17 are center as 2nd line, then I would have 92 or 77 with 22 because he wins faceoffs more often and then 92 and 77 can play like 12 17 did with 12 this game. If your doing 92 64 8 because you have to, then I would 77 with 22.

    Even though 20 with 8 is good, I would rather have 88 there and 65 or someone with 12 17. Need to help 19 and 88 and not screw up 12 17. 12 and 17 need to bring it and play nasty like this game. They were playing with authority. Let 19 and 88 do that on their own with 20.

    20 19 88
    12 17 65
    91 64 8
    92 22 77

  25. Wrap agree lines have their roles, said before Colliton is trying to roll then like Pens did with equal parts not get hung on 2nd, 3rd 4th stuff, obviously Toews is top guy. Two way play thats what he asks from his centers in particular. The game not a line number dictates who needs to be on the ice more and roll them all equal until situation dictates it.

  26. Mo like those lines, wonder with Perlini gone if a forward from Rfd gets called up now and gets a chance to play his way into lineup now too.

  27. Thats what I though when we got this coach and system. That we were to have a full roster of 12 FW and 6 D that swarm all over the ice, playing as a team, knowing the system and being good at, fast, skilled, in position, swarm and pounce. That was what I was expecting, maybe we still are getting to that point and just are work in progress to that.

    To where the lines are like Ian said. 64 is a 4th line center like 16 is but to have 4 good lines, work with what you got and do a 12 22 17 when needed.

    Get a line going, then another, then another, then 4. Roll 4 lines.

  28. Mo before 19 always went up against opposing top lines and then Kane line and bottom 6. With Colliton, he is putting Kampf with wingers who bring offense with the defense like used to line up with Toews, up against opposing teams top lines. Then has 2 lines that can concentrate on offense. Now looking at 20 77 65 if they stay together as a 4th line to roll similar to Kampf line, with shutdown capability. As 77 grows could see him replace 22 , with 12 and 17 with 17 and 77 taking fos in strong side like 22 and 17 did last night. Carpenter will stay there now for a while anyways. 77 between two vets in 20 and 65 a good spot for now.

  29. As far as the fos go for Dach, it looked last night like 65 and 20 were taking draws on their strong side and Dach would take center ice ones. Allows Dach to play center without that pressure being there for now.

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