Blues Blowout Blackhawks In Second Preseason Game

The Blackhawks hosted the St. Louis Blues on Friday night and it looked, at times, like just another Blues-Hawks game.

The difference between this game and Chicago’s first preseason game was the lineup Jeremy Colliton put on the ice. Marc-Andre Fleury made his United Center debut in the home reds. Seth Jones, Jake McCabe and Tyler Johnson made their first appearances in a game in a Hawks’ jersey as well.

And a few of the usual suspects were on the ice for the first time in this preseason. Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat showed off their new-look jerseys, both sporting an A on permanently on their shoulder.

Fleury played the first half of the game and was replaced by Collin Delia. For many of the new additions to the team, this was the first game action together. So, what did you think of the team’s performance?

Jonathan Toews skated again, and looked good again. Colliton didn’t run him out there every other shift like he did against Detroit on Wednesday, but the captain had another strong night as he comes back into the mix. He won 13 of 18 faceoffs and skated 17:39. If this was a test to see how he felt after playing a heavy workload on Wednesday, he certainly looked good and strong.

Fighting on Friday because it’s the Blues. We got two fights in the first period. Reese Johnson was a wrecking ball early and accepted an invitation to drop the gloves with Griffin Luce at 11:57 into the game. He did okay in the fight but it ended with him on his back. With less than 30 seconds left in the first period, Dmitry Osipov danced with Tanner Kaspick and handled his business pretty well. The game was physical and a couple young guys wanted to get some energy up for their teammates. Osipov is a big kid who threw hands pretty well.

Fleury stopped 15 of 17 in 33 minutes and looked pretty good. The defense in front of him was far from comfortable and there were a few miscues that led to odd-man rushes for the Blues.

Pavel Buchnevich is going to be a problem. The Blues stole him from the Rangers this summer. He scored the Blues’ second goal of the night and has the skillset to be a top level player in St. Louis.

Dylan Strome and Alex Nylander played. I had to double-check the box score because I barely noticed either of them during the game. To my surprise, Strome had a nice night; he won seven of nine faceoffs and led the Blackhawks with three takeaways. He was also credited with an assist. Nylander, on the other hand, had one shot on net in 14:22. He still isn’t one of the 12 best forwards in the organization and has a ways to go to prove he is.

Nolan Allan, the Hawks’ first round pick from this summer’s draft dressed. He skated on the Hawks’ third pair with Ian Mitchell. Allan signed his ELC already but clearly isn’t ready for the NHL. The good news is the Blackhawks’ current depth chart is bloated. Allan has all the time he needs to get his play ready for the league. Mitchell was limited in ice time because Colliton hates him for some reason.

Delia gave up three goals. He didn’t get a full game like Kevin Lankinen on Wednesday and was very ordinary in this one. Which, given their respective NHL ice time last year, likely favors Lankinen early in the backup competition.

Caleb Jones looked good; Seth Jones not so much. The younger Jones brother has really impressed in his first two preseason games. He scored a nice goal on Friday night and looks like he could absolutely be a viable second-pair defenseman. Seth, on the other hand, got caught out of position a few times too many. Obviously this was his first game with McCabe, so we’ll be watching to see improvement in their communication and his play.

As much as I would love to keep Tyler Johnson at the wing, he did alright as a center on Friday. Johnson won seven of nine faceoffs and was credited with four hits. However, he was minus-three in the game… as were his primary linemates, Kane and DeBrincat. I wouldn’t leave those three together in the regular season. But Colliton gonna Colliton.

39 thoughts on “Blues Blowout Blackhawks In Second Preseason Game

  • October 1, 2021 at 10:25 pm
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    A lot of goals ! But, it’s preseason ! Exhibition ! Fun , entertaining ! Whatever you want to call it ! Sell those tickets ,drink beer ,eat pizza , play on the I phones , what else ,9 goals ! It’s like a December football game ! Pops 4

  • October 1, 2021 at 11:07 pm
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    It’s only two games, but you don’t let your arch rival destroy you at home unless you are, unfortunately, the same old Hawks of the past two years with just a few new names. No organization. Not much heart. No Coach!

  • October 1, 2021 at 11:13 pm
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    Lots to like about Seth even though he did get trapped a few times – he looks like a #1 D

    Colliton doesn’t hate Mitchell – Mitchell is just not very good right now – I thought Allan had a better game – he looks poised while Mitchell looks skittish

    Agree that the Kane line is too small and I hope we see other centres tried for Kane and Dcat

    Have to agree that Strome helped his cause tonight – I wonder if he could end up as 4C with Carp

    Caleb looks like one of the top 6 D at the moment

    Nylander invisible again and Reichel despite good speed and hands didn’t really impact much that I saw – granted didn’t see the whole game

  • October 2, 2021 at 6:32 am
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    Strome gonna Strome–doing the absolute bare minimum to keep his friggin’ job. His lack of emotion drives me insane. A wet noodle. Just like his coach.
    I interrupt this rant for a Jake McCabe Appreciation Post. I really like that kid. He’s fun to watch; his ability to see the ice makes me very happy. I hope he stays healthy.

    As you were, fellas. Glad to be back.

  • October 2, 2021 at 6:39 am
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    If Nylander makes the club then you might as well have StanBo come down and help coach too because 92 should be in Rockford and Kid Coach shouldn’t have to deal with that. A couple of bright spots last night( C. Jones and Strome) and a couple of I don’t knows yet (McCabe and Pour) Rockford looks to have the more physical team this year. Fleury looks like he’ll have to stand on his head to keep the puck out of the net this year. Still plenty of tickets left for opening night!!!

  • October 2, 2021 at 6:56 am
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    Can’t expect alot in only 2nd preseason game, what they look like in the spring and where this process takes them is the big thing. Should be an interesting year to watch this team grow to together, some players already surprising in their showing, others disappointing.

  • October 2, 2021 at 6:56 am
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    Steph, agree on both your takes. From the little I saw of S. Jones last year, he was not very physical, especially considering his size. Granted being bigger than most on the ice does not equate to being a physical beast. At that price I would almost expect it. I thought I was watching Strome, with the exception Jones plays defense.

  • October 2, 2021 at 7:00 am
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    Sorry, that should be Stef.

  • October 2, 2021 at 8:29 am
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    You probably have to read zero in to these games. They are auditions and the lines don’t resemble what we will see during the season. That said, there wasn’t much to be excited about. Everything looked kind of disjointed. With a bunch of players that will be in Rockford this year, that’s what you would expect.

    Another conclusion is that $9.5 million doesn’t get you what it used to. However, that is just snark. You can’t tell anything from this game and Jones is obviously skilled.

    I thought Nylander showed much more heart than I have ever seen him play with before. He got his pocket picked one time and chased the guy down and fought to get the puck back. He battled for a couple pucks along the boards. He must be getting nervous about his future to be battling like this. I still don’t see why he got some PP time. That should be earned.

    As one who watches from out of market, I am disappointed that ESPN + does not offer the option of the home and away broadcast. You have to watch the home broadcast. With the Hawks auditioning announcers this year, I would like to hear them all and am assuming they will be doing some away games. Am glad that Weideman is getting a shot at the TV job. When Olczyk lavishes Foley with praise and slobbers all over him for minutes on end, it is really a time to be thankful for remote control technology with a mute button. Any word on how Troy Murray is doing?

  • October 2, 2021 at 9:48 am
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    I thought Galvas was supposed to play.?

    Makes me wonder… if they like him all ready more than Mitchell and Allen

    Seth… never seen him look that bad , get toasted like that versus hawks… yes it is practice …but, have to wonder. Was it his supporting players, or system, or???

    Caleb looked solid for cost

    Kane…looked off

  • October 2, 2021 at 9:51 am
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    Break Kane and Debrincat up and give each of them a physical winger. The success of this season rests on the health and performance of Toews,Dach,Seth Jones,and Fleury. Just for the heck of it I would like to see Hagel and Tyler & Reese together.

  • October 2, 2021 at 9:57 am
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    Toews/Debrincat/Kubalik-1st line. Dach/Kane/Hardman-2nd line. Tyler/Hagel/Reese-3rd line. Gaudette/Borgstrom/Kurashev -4th line.

  • October 2, 2021 at 11:43 am
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    Seth Jones must be rusty, or is that just Seth Jones. He was by far the worst Dman on the ice.

    The Hawks played like JC was still coach, disorientation everywhere.

    My best guess is Chicago will be seeing 2 new head coaches by Halloween

  • October 2, 2021 at 12:35 pm
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    Kane
    Has anyone come out and given info on the nagging injury he played w last year… and is still lingering

    I heard sports hernia

    But starting to wonder if it might be torn hip labrum… I tore mine … doesn’t really hurt or cause pain… just loses some joint stability… and feels off… can cause more trouble if your hip has impingement s

    Would explain opting NOT to have surgery
    Cut surgery for hips… pretty 50 50 for long term success

  • October 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm
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    I don’t think Colliton hate Mitchell I just think he sees something that he don’t like to much , I am not a Mitchell fan yet and maybe I will become some day iff I see him play like a top DMan .
    Seth Jones …hard to say after 1 preseason game , I am not a fan but willing to give him 3-4 months to adapt and show that he is a no1 Defensemen.
    DCat will have a great year if he is not hurt . I Would love to see him get 85-90 pts and maybe 45 goals.
    Toews …wow …hope he can keep it that way for all season . The 1 year break was a good thing for his mind and body .
    Wish to have a nice surprise from a player nobody expect .

  • October 2, 2021 at 12:50 pm
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    TW – flip Hardman and Kurashev and also Reese and Gaudette and I would be interested in those lines

    Agree on need for more phyicality

  • October 2, 2021 at 1:58 pm
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    It was the first game for many of the Hawks whereas it was the 2nd/3rd/4th for the Blues players and it showed. Yes, that’s an excuse but it’s a fact that matters. Not going to take too much away from that game. It was just good to see hockey again.

  • October 2, 2021 at 2:17 pm
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    Our season is complete! We won a fight! Booyah!!!

    Agree with Robs – Kneelander had a better game than most of his past play. I recall the play Robs speaks about and saw the same attitude. Hossa said his dad taught him that if you lose the puck to a player, it’s your responsibility to get it back. Kneelander had that attitude. More physical than past play all night. A step in the right direction. Strome was great at the dot and actually dug the puck out a couple times from the corners. I saw him looking interested and playing a more involved game.

    But they didn’t score any goals and didn’t win any fights. So…. YOU’RE FIRED.

    2 games into a preseason and many here already turning their sets off. I admit I wanted to do the same when Ed and Pat decided to have sex on TV again to start the third period. I hope they are using protection.

  • October 2, 2021 at 5:28 pm
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    SS – couldn’t agree more re: the Pat and Eddie slobberfest to start the 3rd. To misquote a friend – “great googly moogly – that was nauseating”. Eddie’s great hall of fame partner and bromantic interest can’t ride off into the sunset fast enough for me. The TV remote mute button will get a workout this season.

  • October 2, 2021 at 6:22 pm
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    Anyone who thought Nylander had a good game should have their eyes checked. He was on his rump more than his skates. And the play he had his pocket picked he went up to lay a check on the guy who stole the puck, he just bounced off the guy and hit the deck. Pathetic. But sure play him with Kane and put him on the Power Play by all means.

  • October 2, 2021 at 10:38 pm
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    HAMMMER, With you all the way on the play of Nylander. He and Strome are where the “Floater” label comes from. They are the 2 least physical players in the league. No sustainable positive play from either of them. Move them for whatever you can get. They bring nothing to the team.

  • October 3, 2021 at 7:09 am
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    While I agree this team needs to become harder to play against (physical players), no team has 100% compliance with this style. Every team in the league has a mix of skill and grit, with some players blessed with both. Skill is not bringing nothing to the team-the question is do they work hard enough, consistently and want to help the team goal–go be a better team. The jury is still out, but this isn’t a Chicago issue–it’s league wide.
    It still is score more goals than the other team, and to do this you certainly need skilled players. some being ‘softer’. Nylander isn’t why the Hawks aren’t a top team and shouldn’t be the scapegoat. His time is running out to prove he can make the team better.

  • October 3, 2021 at 7:50 am
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    Forgot about the game in STL. Out of sight (tv) out of mind. Did anyone see it and can report please.

  • October 3, 2021 at 8:25 am
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    Didn’t see… I guess there was almost no TV coverage.

    Obviously, the bigger , heavier squad played well. Hardman, Entwistle, baby dach, Stillman, Borgstrom, Gaudette

    As implied several posts ago. Most of these guys deserve spot (including Reichel) over kneelander/khaira/carpenter…

    But due to contracts… most will start in Ahl.

    Heard Stillman was very physical.. and hunted after physical hit he delivered.

    Hawks have way too many middle of road forward s now.

    Hope someone here can report on
    Galvas and Crevier… who I really thought were the 2 brighter D guys in prospect games.

  • October 3, 2021 at 8:30 am
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    Saw a couple of highlights – specifically C Dach’s goal off of a rebound from Gaudette who was in front of the net hacking away – Gaudette seems like he’s going to have a good year

    Also saw Kub’s goal – nice shot primary assist to K Dach

    Also heard Stillman laid out a Blue who eventually left the game

  • October 3, 2021 at 8:39 am
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    Ian – correct me if I’m wrong but I was fiddling around on Capfriendly and the Hawks can be cap compliant without trading Nylander or Strome by sending down Connolly, Reichel, Kurashev, K Dach and Kalynuk (the last 4 being waiver exempt) leaving them with a 20 man roster on Oct 12 when the season opens that’s under $81.5 then they can put Shaw on LTIR and recall those last 3 (not Reichel for now) for their opening game Oct 13

    Am I missing something?

    If this is accurate there is no need to rush into a pennies on the dollar trade for Strome especially – keep him and Nylander for depth for now – once a good trade emerges then you can move Strome or maybe just maybe he proves valuable (somebody gets injured for example)

    This approach also gives Reichel ample time to adjust and get stronger and he can be brought up when there’s room either through injury or trade

  • October 3, 2021 at 9:29 am
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    I saw about 1/2 the game on my phone from a link provided by the Blues. Camera angle was far away so it was a challenge to see player numbers. The Blues played quite a few regulars and had an edge in overall play but the Hawks played hard and were very opportunistic when they had chances. Galvas is an interesting prospect. He skates very well and is confident with the puck but has a small frame. There was one PP where he was excellent controlling the play. I thought he looked much better than Beaudin last night. The team was pretty physical which was a nice look. Thought Khaira was good and Entwistle, R. Johnson Hardman will get more exhibition time. There was a shootout after the game and Borgstrom had a really nice goal (as did Strome).

  • October 3, 2021 at 10:13 am
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    I watched the 2nd and 3rd periods last night – it was 2-1 when I tuned in. Of the forwards with legit chance to make the team -I thought Borgstrom, Gaudette, Khaira and Strome (yes Strome) had good games. Other guys played well too but I thought those 4 stood out above the rest.

    Stillman played a good wrecking ball role and got under their skin. He had a very good hip check wiping out a Blues player on the boards when he tried to carry the puck into the zone.

    Subban rebound control – still a problem.

  • October 3, 2021 at 11:01 am
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    ER… thoughts on Galvas and Crevier?

    Guys who watched
    Thoughts on Crevier?

  • October 3, 2021 at 12:45 pm
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    Bluto – It didn’t seem like Crevier got very many shifts when I was watching. Didn’t see anything of note good or bad.

  • October 3, 2021 at 1:11 pm
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    Bluto – the video wasn’t very good and the announcers didn’t call highlight many plays made by Hawks players. So it was hard to see numbers and because the video was from higher up than normal it was hard to determine a large player like Crevier from others. I saw Galvas look pretty good a few plays but didn’t notice Crevier.

  • October 3, 2021 at 1:31 pm
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    Thanks for the game comments, see what next week brings.

    Wrap they could use that option, not really sure they would. Would put them in a spot with a couple of minor injuries they may need to use ltir when they don’t want to. Basically a move or 2 needs to happen and all you might do is buy some time until you needed to do quick cap dump anyways.

  • October 3, 2021 at 2:52 pm
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    Ian – if the Hawks can find a taker for Connolly in a trade rather than putting him on waivers that clears even more $ off their cap even if they have to retain a bit of his salary

    Easier said than done no doubt

  • October 3, 2021 at 9:04 pm
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    I am so happy that Lehner is gone from Chicago ,this guy need some attention and he will make enemy in the league again . No team needs a troublemaker in the dressing room. Really happy to see Fleury with the Hawks.

  • October 3, 2021 at 9:35 pm
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    Strome Nylander Kurashev Connelly Tampa’s #2 for a Tkachuk…..either one

  • October 4, 2021 at 12:53 pm
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    Looks like strong lineups tonight for both teams – Detroit playing many of their top players a a few of their top prospects tonight and here is the projected Hawks lineup:

    DeBrincat – T. Johnson – Kane
    Kubalik – Toews – Kurashev
    Hardman – Borgstrom – Carpenter
    Hagel – Gaudette – Entwistle

    McCabe – S. Jones
    de Haan – Murphy
    C. Jones – Galvas

    Fleury
    Soderblom

  • October 4, 2021 at 1:50 pm
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    Looks like 3rd and 4th lines are guys in competion for spots there. C. Jones getting another chance to show he belongs in a regular spot. Interesting to see that Galvas seems to be getting a look in Kalynuks place on 3rd pair and likely 2nd pp unit.

  • October 4, 2021 at 3:05 pm
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    If this line up is accurate it’s interesting that Gaudette is at centre and not Enwistle – maybe looking to see if Gaudette could be 4C? or just maybe looking for flexibility in the line up

  • October 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm
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    Might need to get rid of Kane too, since ppl want non physical players gone .. free up huge cash…. LMFAO..
    Nylander was out whole ywith major knee injury….
    No need to give him a handful of games to get his conditioning & timing down…
    Haters are haters.

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