Kubalik Shines In Hawks Second Preseason Loss

The Blackhawks lost for the second time in as many nights on Tuesday, but the focus was more on the new faces than the final score.

Hawks fans were intrigued this summer when Dominik Kubalik joined the organization. If there was interest before, there’s excitement after a two-goal performance in Detroit.

Kubalik’s first came 17:09 into the second period.

The second, a power play goal, came 6:40 into the third.

Kubalik skated 17:27 of which 4:12 was on the power play. He led all Chicago forwards with five shots on net.

Defenseman Philip Holm led all Blackhawks skaters with 21:58 of ice time and six shots on net. He scored the first goal of the night for the Hawks.

Robin Lehner stopped 14 of 16 in the first half of the game.

22 thoughts on “Kubalik Shines In Hawks Second Preseason Loss

  1. The goaltending was solid, both Lankinen and Lehner looked good wuth not much help. As mentioned Kubalik made a statement, showing a lethal shot on a couple of pps, scoring on one. Holm the best defenceman, thought for a exhibition game anyways, Colliton went to the well too much there. Team play not there yet.

  2. Kubalik looked good – bigger too than I realized – good offensive instincts and decent passer

    I actually liked Perlini’s game tonight – he was hustling and when he does that he’s got the size, speed and skills to be dangerous offensively

    Strome also had a really good game – nice to see – sweet pass to Holm for 1st Hawk goal

    Hawk D had a rough night (although I only saw second half of game) – Murphy did Ok but the others looked overwhelmed in their own zone most of the time

    Lankinen looked good – Lehner misplayed the 2nd DET goal but that’s all I saw of his game before his night was over

  3. Mo Kubalik not the playmaker Kahun was but has a lethal shot, goes to net and seems to have good hands, good speed too. Hustled back defensively to try and help out but don’t think he has the backchecking skills that Kahun possesses. My take for what it’s worth.

  4. I wonder who will suit up tomorrow for the rematch with the Wings? So far the only veterans who haven’t played are Toews, Kane, Saad, Keith, Seabrook and Crawford. I’m thinking all of them will get in the game tomorrow. Hagel hasn’t gotten in yet so I hope he gets in tomorrow. Kurashev and Dach haven’t started practicing yet so they won’t play.

    I’d like to see these d-pairing tomorrow:
    Keith-Gustafsson
    Maatta-Boqvist
    Beaudin-Seabrook

  5. Nylander and Kubalik to the early lead in the horse race for the open forward spots.
    Lots to like so far and good see.

  6. Wrap good observation re Perlini.

    The coach is obsessed w Kampf, he’s spot off. Kampf is not one of the top 15 forwards on the Hawks. To place him as the third line center is absurd; in Rockford, fine have at it. He has no offensive skill set and he was no great shakes killing penalties last year as well.

  7. Yeah – I don’t get the Kampf love either but JC must have taken a shine to him when he had him in Rockford a couple seasons ago.

    I know it’s only been 2 preseason games and only a few days of training camp practice – but I haven’t seen anything obvious that I would recognize as the new system JC wants to use. Has anyone else seen any hints of what JC called the “man and a half” system”?

  8. If they go with practice roster from today for next game ut’s.
    Saad Toews Kane
    Hagel Carpenter Soderlund
    Hakkarainen Kurashev McClaughlin
    Noel T. Sikura Knott

    Keith Gus
    Maatta Seabrook
    Dehaan Tuulola
    Ramsey Ryczek

    Not sure on the goalies. Didn’t see much of any defense tonight at all. One thing i did notice alot was defensemen and forwards switching responsibilities and a alot of confusion.

  9. JC should have rolled all for lines tonight instead of trying to go to the Strome line all night. Holm a real pleasant surprise, poised with the puck and has good size. Kubalik has the shot, size and speed to play a 200′ game. Not afraid to get hit either. Kahun??? Sorry, no disrespect but he dissapeared after November last season…TOO SMALL and an average skater. Glad he is gone. Perlini was good tonight. Has the potential and playing a few shifts with Shaw, he showed he can play with some desire. PERLINI DACH SHAW!!!
    Watching Murphy and Dalhstrom play is like watching a nervous game of hot potato. Murphy runs at guys which is fine but off balance most of the time, losses his stick most of the time, way too nervous with the puck. Chases people all over the ice and still can’t break a play up. Enough, trade that big contract.

  10. To me, Murphy the only physical presence on the back line. To watch all these defenseman the last couple of nights is maddening. Everybody seems out of position and nobody willing to lay the lumber on people, except for Murphy.
    Gilbert, who some claim is physical, looks like a nice AHL player. Agree on Kampf. Seems to give effort, but not much there. I don’t trust Perlini to give a great effort night in and night out. With his size should be more physical. Can you imagine if he had the grit and tenacity of a Shaw – Wow, but only dreaming.

  11. After 2 games: Holm was impressive. Kubalik and Nylander very impressive and have real NHL talent. Boqvist offensive talent but needs work on D. Speaking of the D they looked as bad if not worse than last year. Totally confused and out of sync. Don’t know what the point is playing Strome, Cat and Shaw so much. Unless JC wants them together for sure. I think we can forget Dach with the cheap shot he got. Unfortunately he won’t make it this year. Agree about Kamp. What has he done? Why? Where? We got Carpenter and Smith. I’m not seeing a 3rd line center yet. Too bad it could’ve been Dach. Shaw, Perlini, Saad, Kubalik, Nylander is a lot to sort thru. It will be interesting to see who plays with who.

  12. Playball agree Murphy brings a physical and shutdown presence needed on the blueline, which if moved would be a void that nobody jumps out as being able to fill.
    Kampf hasn’t shown offense but alot in the organization believe if given a proper shot he can produce. Doesn’t mean he gets 3rd C but likely makes the starting lineup.
    Kubalik can be goal scoring asset for sure, just hope he avoids when struggling on offense, being dead weight in the lineup similar to what Perlini’s performance has been so far. That was point i made where a Kahun made himself an asset while struggling scoring goals.
    Gotta remember when we are assessing their performances in these games, they’re playing against Ahl laced lineups, so at best we’re seeing a good Ahl player at this point. When the games become more skilled, faster, more physical the level of play then is whet counts, seeing what they can become then is the trick.

  13. @Ian Kubalik is unlikely to be the deadweight like Perlini. He isn’t a pure goal scorer, he assists as much as he scores. And he works on his two-way game too. His former trainers praised his hard-working attitude and work ethic.

    Yes, it was a game against the AHL players, but Debrincat and Strome were playing against them too and they didn’t score any goals at all in this game.

  14. Sven hope your right time will tell, just want to see it first thats all. Theres a big difference in a players approach playing for a roster spot and playing to get ready for the season with a spot secured this time of year, already know what those guys can do.

  15. Hull65 – I like your lines although I would switch Perlini and Kubalik

    20-19-88
    12-17-65
    92-77-8
    15-22-11

    leaves 64 and 91 as extras

    Of course Dach has to get healthy and make the team but ideally…

  16. Ian, your right about Kahun I just think Kabalik can be the better overall player. He has a shot like Sharpy and bread man. It’s sick.

    Craig, I expected Kuablik to be there. Nylander would be really good for us if he’s there to.

  17. I am for 22 as 4th line center. If it’s that big a deal smith would be fine as 3rd line center or Shaw.

    Holy snikeys is that a 3rd line. 92 77 8

  18. Still ANOTHER loss and this time to a true bottom feeder that also sat it’s ‘big guns’. Have we been over hyped about this team AGAIN?
    Hell, perhaps we will swing another top 3 draft pick this year too. Hope not.

  19. Isn’t it too early to worry about exhibition games while the team is trying to answer so many questions? I think we can dial it back, for the moment.

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