There was a time earlier this season when a popular criticism of the Chicago Blackhawks was that the offense was only one line deep.
And, for a time, that was true. With Patrick Kane having a historic season skating with Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov, the Hawks were able to get away with some other veterans struggling to get it done and still hang around the leaders in the Central Division.
But since the calendar has flipped to 2016, the Hawks’ top line has been on fire. With Andrew Shaw joining Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, all three have found their offense and have made an impact on the scoreboard almost every night.
Look at the numbers for the Blackhawks top line to start the new year:
- Jonathan Toews
1 game-winning goal
Had 24 points in 39 games entering January.
- Marian Hossa
3 multi-point games
Had 17 points in 34 games entering January.
- Andrew Shaw
Had 15 points in 39 games entering January.