Blackhawks Offense Tamed By Wild

Brent Seabrook had the uncomfortable experience of being a healthy scratch on Tuesday night. He sat in the box in a suit and watched his teammates hang eight goals on the Senators.

In the wake of the Blackhawks making a surprising trade before their game against the Wild on Wednesday, Chicago opted to keep Tomas Jurco out of the lineup and instead went with seven defensemen – including Seabrook.

The Hawks dominated the puck in the first period and 12:24 into the game Seabrook put home a redemption goal.

Nick Schmaltz continued his red-hot play and picked up an assist on the Seabrook goal; Michal Kempny also got credit for a helper.

Minnesota challenged that the play of offside but the goal was upheld. Chicago received a power play for the failed coach’s challenge but did nothing with the advantage.

When the dust settled after 20 minutes the Hawks had a 14-5 shot advantage. Chicago was credited with 41 shot attempts, and the Wild were credited with an astounding 21 blocks in the first period alone. Minnesota only had 11 shot attempts in the first.

The Hawks continued to dominate puck possession into the second period but continued to lead by only one goal. They allowed the Wild to hang around long enough that the inevitable finally happened half-way through the second. Jonas Brodin tied the game at one, a painful reminder that one goal leads are never big enough in the division.

Minnesota out-shot Chicago 10-9 in the second period but the score remained tied heading to the third.

Marcus Foligno checked Jan Rutta in the head 84 seconds into the third and went to the box. Unfortunately, Patrick Kane tripped Charlie Coyle 78 seconds into the advantage to cancel the remaining power play time for Chicago. During the 4-on-4 Ryan Suter unloaded and gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.

Kane had been double-shifting since the beginning of the game with the Blackhawks skating only 11 forwards; he was over 20 minutes already in the game when he went to the box.

Devan Dubnyk was on point after the Seabrook goal and his teammates continued to take advantage of Chicago mistakes.

Ryan Hartman was able to get a penalty called on Brodin with 5:25 left in regulation but all of the good vibes the Blackhawks had the night before were missing from the power play on Wednesday. Too much puck handling and the twp minutes expired without a good shot making its way to the net. Indeed, Minnesota had the best scoring chance while short-handed during the Brodin penalty.

An ugly turnover with a little more than two minutes left in regulation gave Mikael Granlund a breakaway and he was slashed by Jordan Oesterle. So, with 2:10 left, the Blackhawks would be short-handed for two minutes.

The Blackhawks successfully killed the penalty but were left with only 20 seconds of time to get Forsberg off the ice. There simply was not enough clock left and the Wild skated away with two points in regulation.

Brandon Saad led Chicago with six shots on net. Jonathan Toews won 13 of 22 faceoffs. David Kampf had another nice night at the dot, winning eight of 15.

With seven defensemen dressed, Connor Murphy took a penalty in the second period and became the odd man out. He was limited to 7:59 on the ice.

Seabrook skated 15:20 and scored his second goal of the season – the total of the Hawks’ offense for the night.

Minnesota moves in front of the Blackhawks in the standings with the victory.

During the game, GM Stan Bowman met with the media and said he expects forward Anthony Duclair to join the team in time for Friday night’s game. Defenseman Adam Clendening will report directly to Rockford.

50 thoughts on “Blackhawks Offense Tamed By Wild

  1. That game should have been a 1-1 tie. What is the definition for hit to the head. Thats 2 times the refs let the other team hit our guy in the head and only called a 2min then right after the 5min PP I mean 2min they score and that goal gives them the game in both games this happened.

    Whatever we ll still make the playoffs even with these non call head shots. Even though its close other then WIN every team is within 5pts of 2nd with games played.

  2. WIN prob gets us this time we pounded them last time just like MIN. After that game then we can have another good stretch. These long breaks are fucking killing me. Would like to win enough in JAN to stay close. FEB is the mth I like the sch and we could really do good in that mth,

    Really cant stand head hits that give the game to other team.

  3. Don’t understand why they go away from the cycle game on pp, keep moving throw other team off and not have everybody standing flatfooted on bad bounces while the other teams pk heading up ice with a break instead have guys moving too and get to loose pucks and create a little offence off it too.

  4. Mo it’s always the ref or the schedule? What about what the Hawks or the other team do?
    This was more like the power play we have come to know.
    In the loss there were some good signs but the bottom line is we have trouble with our division.
    Hartman had the case of Panikitis when shooting, and Debrincat you are a sniper–don’t make a tough pass when one goal down. Shoot!

  5. If it wasnt a heat hit then ok not trying to go against you or anyone. It looked that way on tv. The sch. is a real thing though. I wouldnt make it up. Sometimes its better not to post right away.

    We played good in 1st and parts of 3rd and could have more scoring chances we didnt get because we didnt execute on several of those thats our doing. What matters is we had created the chances.

  6. Trying to not mention refs as much as possible this yr because it usually is bad luck even when they suck.

    Do you think it was a high hit and contact to head. 5min or a non nonchalant head secondary contact hit and just a casual meaningless 2min. I just dont think it needs to life threatening to call a 5min.

    Peace.

  7. S.B said he was going to be very patient with Duclair ,.,.sound familiar ? Grasping at straws .,.,.,just can not leave the line up alone ,even when it,s working . Wingman Booman and Panic were great v.s. Ottawa last night .

  8. The effort was solid – we certainly had our chances. Hino looked like last year’s model and it wasn’t Oesterle’s finest game. Gotta find a way to win the next two.
    My first thought after the Panik trade was that Craig’s great nickname “Flash in the Panik” must have lit a fire under SB. Very pleased with the trade. It will be interesting to see where Duclair plays – don’t see him as a 4th line guy.

  9. They played well enough to win – just didn’t.

    There’s a stat that isn’t talked about much – blocked shots. The Hawks are one of the worst shot blocking teams. On the Wild’s first goal, Wingels was right in front of Brodin with time to go down to block the shot, but he didn’t and the shot deflected off Wingel’s stick and Forsberg couldn’t get it. A little thing – but a big difference maker. The Wild had 27 blocked shots to the Hawks 10. At some point the question needs to be asked if the Hawks are truly selling out to win the game. Hawks opponents pretty consistently block more shots than the Hawks. Blocking shots is a mindset other teams have more than the Hawks … and that’s a problem.

    Oh, and by the way – the fumble bum PP is back after being good for one game in a row.

    Oh, and by the way #2 – that second goal given up by Forsberg was a killer. Hurry back Corey.

  10. Agree with Noonan, can’t believe D-Cat would attempt to pass to Kampf on a two on one. He has to wire that puck 100 out of 100 times.
    I love Hartman’s grit but boy he gets oodles of prime chances that he just can’t seem to finish.

    MS – I am in disbelief that Stan found a taker for Flash in the Panik (sadly the nickname totally fit ) He is NOT a $ 3 Million dollar player. He absolutely forgot how to play hockey for like 3 months. I was reading where Chayka was thrilled to reacquire Dauphin. Really ?
    I’m sure Panik will have a few multi point games in the desert, much like Pirri and Jimmy Hayes did when traded to Florida. It will be meaningless.
    The Hawks got younger and faster in Duclair. Competing against teams like Nashville and Vegas, the more speed the better, that’s obvious.

  11. I’m sorry but I don’t understand you dress 7 defensemen then you skate Keith and Osterle 24 and 26 minutes. You also double shift Kane and skate him 26 minutes. Wouldn’t this be a chance to skate Jurco and see what he’s got. I think fresh legs would have been nice. Power play is a joke and usually is.

  12. Agree
    Hartman blows so many prime time feeds
    And chances.

    Could Duclair take his spot on that line?
    Faster, dangler, and better finisher.
    I vote Yes.

    Could be a super quick line.

    I love what i see from Kampf.

    Bowman has some money to add even more guys to eliminate dead weight.

    Bouma or Seabrook

  13. I give Minn credit from last night. They just closed so much down all over the ice. Effective forecheck, stack up the neutral zone and their own blue line. Hawks were forced to take lots of shots from the perimeter which Dubnyk basically laughed at. Oh yes as mentioned above, Wild blocked almost 30 shots, and how many Hawks shots missed the net? Ask Hartman who could have had a hat trick easy with the chances he just flat out missed the net. In close games those missed chances take you down.

    Not much energy in the building last night considering it was a divisional game , but when your team scores just once and the PP is back to being bad you can’t blame the crowd. The Wild came in with a great game plan and got it done. Not exciting up and down hockey, but you do what is necessary to win. I thought the Hawks could have ramped up the physical play, but they didn’t answer the call that would have helped get the crowd back into it. Hawks had a good 1st Period, but Minny shut em down the 2nd and 3rd.

    ER I don’t blame Forsberg for the Suter goal. That shot looked like a good one to my eyes as he beat him up high with some good velocity. Forsberg was solid and actually had to make make more tough saves imo than Dubnyk.

    I thought the linesman were God awful bad last night. Face off delays, late re do’s, and what looked to me to be missed offside calls that were close.

    I won’t miss Panik for his inconsistency. This kid Dauphin has some wheels and will probably get energized moving to a good hockey town. Hawks need a spark. This game last night was yet another contest this season where the Hawks shoulda woulda coulda won a game. They didn’t.

    Jets will come to the UC tomorrow night looking for serious repay of that Hawks rout in Winnipeg not to long ago. The boys better be ready to bear down and play as points are dear.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  14. Totally agree that Minnesota is a tough team to play against-that’s why I felt there were some good signs in a loss. (although the Wild had been outscored badly on the road lately)
    Nickel-agree Kampf has been really good in what his role entails- a shut down guy with some size, good speed and decent on the draw. Rockford is paying dividends this year.
    if they lose to Jets that will be big division points lost and they will hurt this team.

    And Mo it was a head shot but more times than not that hit ends up as 2 minutes- a few times nothing and perhaps on a certain night 5. I was hoping the ref called a penalty shot at the end because of 2:10 left-Forsberg makes the save and Hawks have a chance to tie it.
    That I don’t get-as he clearly was in front of the play going to the goalie and The Slash (wasn’t much of one) occurred from behind? When is it a penalty shot and when not?

  15. If Nickel or anyone else continues to believe Seabrook is a tradeable asset I have some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you…

    Also, while I was hard line against Bouma at the beginning of the season he’s winning me over. The bigger question now is how do the Hawks cut more dead weight to make room for players who are ready for the NHL? Because I honestly feel the best 12 forwards in the organization right now to make up a lineup are (not a concrete lineup, just throwing the 12 names out there for conversation)

    Saad-Toews-DeBrincat
    Hartman-Schmaltz-Kane
    Duclair-Kampf-Hinostroza
    Wingels-Anisimov-Hayden

    That list doesn’t include Patrick Sharp. Or Lance Bouma. Or Tomas Jurco. While Sharp won’t be dealt, I struggle to see how the Blackhawks get anything in return for Jurco or Bouma in a deal… and, as I’ve said, Bouma has played his role well. So work & a hard place. Too many players for the spots on the NHL roster.

    Oh, and Bowman was very clear that Dylan Sikura will be in Chicago whenever his college season ends. Chicago – not Rockford. And Matthew Highmore has done enough w/ the IceHogs to warrant a look at some point, too.

    The good thing is the lie many have told themselves here (cough Wall cough) about the Blackhawks being an old team without a future is clearly wrong. The tough part is mitigating the potential future with the present state of the club, and finding a way to maximize the assets in house. I like that Hayden went down to get more minutes; it worked wonders for Schmaltz and Hartman. I like that they cut bait w/ Franson. He wasn’t doing anything for the NHL roster and they can use him as an extra body in the postseason (if he isn’t traded).

  16. Noonan agree if Debrincat has to want the puck and want to score in those situations, thats his role. The headshot although they give lip service to that stuff it generally isn’t a major. The slash if it was one didn’t affect his scoring chance I guess was why no penalty shot.
    Time to let the guys play their game on the power play and not look like a bunch of robots. Too much coaching, passing around the perimeter and not moving much looking for a lane, thats not Blackhawks hockey.

  17. Tab, spot on all points you touched upon.

    Both goals last night on Forsberg, horrendous positioning on both of them.

  18. Shame on me for thinking an NBC game could be watchable. I love Doc Emerick. But Vinnie Hinostroza was mistaken for every forward the Hawks have. I could see him being mistaken for Hartman, Kane, and Schmaltz. Because of their stature and numbers with 8. But how do you confuse Hinostroza for Toews???

    How the hell does Mike Milbury continue to be employed. On the Oesterle penalty. “it was a slash, and an obvious one, lets take a look…oh, it was kind of a weak hit on the pants. I guess thats the penalty”

    On the Rutta headshot. “Rutta was falling backwards when Foligno came at him.” Boucher, “his head was the principal point of contact” His head never changed elevation. Go back to assaulting children Milbury.

  19. Could of won but did not. Looked like a regression game. Which veteran gets a press box seat and a box of nachos.

    PP stunk with no net presence. No one on the first PP unit is willing to screen the goalie. Sharp whiffs on a one timer and Toews standing off to the side of the net screening the post.

    Lots of SOG with low probability of scoring. NHL goalies are the best in the world. They usually stop what they see. Hartman had a couple of grade chances that he has to bury if he is going to stay on the top lines.

    While Forsberg’s numbers last night looked good but both goals were examples of poor goalie positioning.

    One last thing, WFT is Q doing with Keith. You have 7 D men last night and you still skate the shit out of him. Keith did not look sharp last night. He had a bunch of turn overs and look ineffective pushing the rush. Watch how many times he circles back with the puck. It maybe time to optimize Keith’s playing time. Keith should skate about 20 -21 min per game.

    Its only one game so lets hope the trend resumes the upward trend and Mulbury blows. Go Hawks

  20. HHNL agree no net front presence on pp but the shots are getting blocked too have to get something happening on that front too. They just keep doing the same things expecting different results, you know what that is.

  21. I’m sorry but that slash call on Osterle was bogus. Thought Fosberg was solid in net. You can’t skate 2 defensemen for 24 and 26 minutes when you dress 7. It’s sad when your at home and the crowd gets quiet when you get a power play. Maybe we need to bite the bullet and put Sharp on waivers. Keep Seabrook’s minutes to around 16 it seemed to help him before.

  22. Generally happy with the effort. Our puck possession is getting better, and we are indeed much younger, cheaper, and faster. This team has a lot of promise. Even if we don’t make the playoffs this year, I reckon we’re looking much better in the 2-3 year window.

    Two more posts to our (still league-leading?) tally, and a freaking garbage goal to get the lifeless Wild on the board. If we had a competent power play, the breaks wouldn’t matter so much.

    I don’t enjoy watching the Wild’s style of play. Blocked shots, retrieve puck, dump in, forecheck. ZZZZZZZ. I had more fun watching the Hawks lose to Vegas than the other times we beat the Wild this year. Throw Milbury into the commentators booth and maybe I should’ve just skipped this one.

  23. Milbury is a major league pill. And he’s going to the Olympics-yahh!
    I like that list of 12 Tab. Half the guys can really skate and enough skill/
    size. Add Sikura and Highmore, and a couple of prospect D and the future is brighter than perhaps thought.

    Not to fuel the flames but one of TV puck heads felt there would be more than one team willing to take Seabrook-that comment surprised me a lot as I don’t see it.

  24. The young talent on this team is has a lot of potential, but waiting for that youth to develop into consistent producers is frustrating for me. I think Tab nailed it talking about the number of bodies the Hawks have versus spots available. And he only showcased the forwards, the defense is just as crowded. Juggling a lineup to maximize the ability to win the game in hand, while not stifling the development of young players is not easy. You can’t always account for the future while trying to win today.

    The decline in production in the core players is frustrating. Not sure why Toews, Keith and Seabrook all are having a hard time meeting their career scoring numbers but the void in their production is palpable. It’s hard not to blame a player who’s salary cap hit is out of whack with is production. And I do understand that they earned those contracts, I do. Three Cups in the last 10 years. They absolutely earned those contracts, but they are also underperforming right now. Both of these things are facts. So we need the youth to develop faster to circumvent the decline of the elder guard. It’s just that right now that equation isn’t balanced, so we are a team outside looking in to the playoff hunt.

    It’s simple, either the youth need to play above their years or the core need to produce like they’re being paid for us to win now. Or some combination of the two. But I do like where this team is headed, I am excited by the infusion of youth. I am really curious to see where the ceiling is on a lot of these young players.

  25. Tab, there is no way that I want Seabrook traded. But EVERY player and their contract is tradeable. It just depends on what you have to give up to move that player and their contract. One for one, you are correct, Seabs and his contract cannot be moved. But two for one or the Hawks eat some money, that is always a possibility…………am I right?

    My opinion, after seeing him develop from a 19 year old young man to a grown man with a family AND 3 Stanley Cups is that, although he is a step slow, you just can’t replace a guy with his experience, durability and knowledge with just anyone young player.

  26. Yes, Reg. Every player – and their contract – is somehow tradeable.

    Are you willing to move DeBrincat (and possibly more) to move Seabrook? Because his deal is going to be harder to move than Bickell’s was and Bickell cost them Teravainen.

  27. If you have to move Dcat to move Seabrook, I’d think about it. You already hit the nail on the head – not enough roster spots for the prospects we have right now. Moving Dcat and Seabrook opens two roster spots and buckets of glorious cap space.

    But you lose your prospect with perhaps the highest ceiling. Not advocating the move… at the moment I’d be against it. But it’s a more debatable decision than it was last year. If Seabrook regresses again before the deadline, what would you do? What if you could make a pass at Tavares this offseason with your newfound cap space?

  28. What yr is the cba for free buyout if we have to trade 7 contract. With cap going way up and no player bonuses and now this extra 1.6 not counting what a traded 81 caphit would add we might not need to trade 7 to sign a big ufa in summer.

    Be creative and trade at deadline and add for free ufa in summer.

  29. Tab I like your group of possible forward lines.

    And Hawks have cap space for a nice rental or more.

    But why do you think Seabrook is un-tradeable asset?

    Could hawks waive him like Franson?

  30. Nmc means can’t waive him without his ok only thing they can do that nmc doesn’t block is a buyout at end of season and the cost to do that is high and alot to carry by itself.

  31. Is it possible Seabrook gets scratched a few more times and warms up to trades?

    Or has Seabrook really become un-tradeable due to his decline in play plus cap hit?

  32. Also there can’t be many teams looking for a 32 year old d man who is showing signs of regressing with a cap hit of almost 7m through 2024.

  33. @Tab. just repeated what I said 3 weeks ago. Only way is to eat money without giving away another young star ! But Keith is movable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Mo you mentioned the cba and compliance buyout that could be a possibility. Would be 2019 if they opt out and that has to be negotiated into it again, so unless one side publicly makes it an issue, no way of knowing if it will even be brought up.

  35. In theory Seabrook could do Hawks a solid. Retire. Then be an ambassador for 6.5 million a year. Problem solved.

  36. Tab, for the record, NO WAY do I want to have to trade any amount of talent to rid our books of Seabrook. That being said, I love what Brent Seabrook means to this team, the entire organization and the Hawks fan base. He is a true “warrior” when it comes to playing hurt, his leadership and his ability to score bog goals in big games.

    I agree with everyone on this post when they say that he has lost a step. I see it, Q sees it, SB sees it and so does everyone in the NHL. But if you put the money aside, he is a pure leader, a solid D man, a true 1000 game warrior and a great team mate.

    Everyone blames Seabrook for his contract but the truth is that SB paid him the contract. I still like his game.

  37. Yeah if you look at Seabrooks contract his actual salary last 4 yrs is 1m, 4m, 2.5m & 1m and his nmc is gone last 2 yrs. and modifued then. So good chance they wait and he becomes more markerable. He could play or ltir between now then. A buyout would work ok in early yrs but cap hit so high in yrs 3, 5 and 6 probably too much of a deterrent. I would watch how Murphy performs rest of this year his contract can be bought out and virtually all his hit goes away.

  38. Regarding the Jets game tonight, I am hoping Q does not skate an extra D man and instead play another forward. Kane has been playing crazy minutes with lots of double shifts. Of course, he is the Hawks prime offensive weapon and yes next week is another weird long break between games.

    Following the tough, disappointing loss against the Wild the Hawks need a strong showing tonight. All hands on deck. The conference is still tight in the standings. Need points.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  39. You know Mo if Seabrook bought out after this season his cap savings in year 1,2 & 4 are 4.5m, 4m and 4m. In year 3 only .5 m in savings but last year of Hossa’s contract and it could be moved that year if needed. Only last 2 yrs would be hard to swallow. By that time who knows what the situation will be, possibly 88 or 19 with low salary and high hits could be considered for trade by then.

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