The Blackhawks fell in their second preseason game 3-2 in Detroit on Thursday evening.
A plane issue made the Hawks late in arriving at the arena and pushed the start of the game back, and they looked like a team that wasn’t ready to play in opening 20 minutes. Detroit out-shot the Hawks 12-5 in the first and Tomas Tatar gave the Wings a 1-0 lead late in the period.
The Hawks were out-shot again in the second, but managed to put 10 shots on net in the middle frame (Detroit was credited with 15). Neither team scored in the second, but both teams scored twice in the third. Bryan Bickell and Garret Ross were the scorers for Chicago.
In net, Antti Raanta played very well in the first half of the game. He stopped 21 of 22 in 31:23 before being replaced by Michael Leighton. In relief, Leighton allowed two goals against 19 shots.
Only two Blackhawks – defensemen Nick Leddy and David Rundblad – skated more than 20 minutes in the game. Johnny Oduya skated 19:58, Trevor vanRiemsdyk saw 19:51 and Adam Clendening played 19:52 in the game. Clendening and Oduya ended the night minus-two each. After the game, coach Joel Quenneville spoke highly of vanRiemsdyk’s play.
Interestingly, with the Blackhawks successfully killing five minor penalties in the game the short-handed ice time leaders on the blue line were Oduya (3:13) and… Rundblad (3:10) and Leddy (3:00).
Seven Blackhawks were credited with two hits each, including Leddy and Rundblad. Bickell and Ben Smith led the team with four shots on net, while Oduya and Matt Carey were credited with two blocked shots each.
Peter Regin was credited with an assist on Ross’ goal in the closing minutes of the game, and won five of 12 faceoffs.
Drew LeBlanc played 12:32 and lost all four of his faceoffs. Among Hawks forwards, only Andrew Shaw (3:10) saw more power play ice time than LeBlanc (2:46), yet LeBlanc was credited with zero shots on net and zero missed shots in the game.
The Hawks return home to host the Rangers on Friday night. Expect to see some players headed to Rockford soon.