Jets Skate Past Boring Blackhawks

If the goal at the United Center on Sunday night was to cure insomnia, the Blackhawks and Jets did a terrific job.

Neither team effectively controlled the puck the entire night, and generating a quality scoring chance was a lost art. Chicago managed to put three shots on net, officially, in the first period. And that felt generous. Winnipeg only managed to put three shots on Scott Darling, who was starting for the second time in as many days.

The second period was more of the same lackluster play with neither team having any sustained puck possession. The Hawks managed to get 10 pucks on net and the Jets were credited with 13 shots. Unfortunately, one of theirs beat Darling.

Patrick Kane went to the box with 1:19 left in the second period and Winnipeg took advantage. Bryan Little made the deposit 35 seconds into the advantage and the visitors took a 1-0 lead to the second intermission.

The third period started with the same inefficient hockey from Chicago. Indeed, ten minutes into the final frame the fans tried to wake up the team on the ice with attempts at “Let’s go Hawks!” being chanted through the inability to complete passes or keep the puck in the zone.

But finally, desperately, 13 minutes into the third the Blackhawks were able to break through. Artemi Panarin scored his tenth of the season to tie the game at one.

Any momentum hypothetically sparked by the Panarin goal was dashed when Andrew Copp scored at 15:15 to close the books on the scoring on Sunday night. The Hawks would get four minutes of power play time to close out the contest but failed to beat Connor Hellebuyck.

Darling finished the night with 30 saves and didn’t receive much help; he was handed another loss with only one goal scored by his teammates.

With Nick Schmaltz reassigned to Rockford, Andrew Desjardins moved back to center on the fourth line and was perfect in seven faceoffs. He also led the Hawks with five hits in only 8:11 of ice time.

Kane skated 22:42 but only managed to put one shot on net. He was credited with three hits and an assist on Panarin’s goal, however. Panarin was one of three Blackhawks to put a team-high four shots on goal, and he was credited with two takeaways as well. Artem Anisimov won nine of 16 faceoffs between the two snipers in the loss.

Michal Kempny got hammered by Copp in the second period and left the ice in a good deal of pain, but was able to return later. He skated only 9:41 and whiffed on a shot attempt that went the other way, turning into a breakaway attempt that Darling successfully saved.

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor didn’t dress for Winnipeg. Gustav Forsling was in the lineup with Trevor van Riemsdyk getting a night off after returning from IR on Saturday.

The Hawks are 3-5-1 and have only scored 12 goals in their last eight games. Four times in those eight games the Hawks have been held to one goal… perhaps it’s time for a new marketing slogan?

The Coyotes visit the United Center on Tuesday.

24 thoughts on “Jets Skate Past Boring Blackhawks

  • December 4, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    Tab- thanks for keeping it real- SNOOZE!!!

    Winter is coming!!!

  • December 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Not sure why sometimes when we do not play good we get screwed by some calls or instant replay. Good goal waived off because of glove cover puck in crease. Offsides on first goal I thought, not sure about the second one. These offsides goals need to be reviewed automatically.

    Stick with it, donot puss out.

  • December 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Desjardins played 8 mins (7-0 faceoffs not bad) and Tootoo 6 mins, they lend virtually nothing offensively. Why not send one of them (more so Tootoo) to Rockford instead of Schmaltz? Who is going to claim either one of them on waivers? Particularly Tootoo. Schmaltz has an offensive skill set and can create when playing w/ the right players.

    Q rolled 3 lines in the 3rd period; how many times are we going to re-visit this subject?

  • December 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    These horrible first periods are really taking their toll. Really slow out of the gate. Darling’s giving them a chance to win.

  • December 4, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    Darling showed up-most didn’t-
    it would have been nice, but embarrassing to get a point from this game
    I hope people see the value Toews, even at 80%, brings to this team.
    I think I know why Tab didn’t show the graph for this game, ditto, ditto, ditto.

  • December 5, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Don’t feel good about losing 2 in a row…we should have been able to tie it up with the 6 on 4, as if the magic has left us…and we should have won the Philly game as well just because it was time to win in their house. Maybe the team is feeling the absence of Crawford and playing somewhat distracted…no scoring. How the heck can that be? We will be back I’m sure.

  • December 5, 2016 at 5:14 am

    1. Schmaltz has shown he is not really ready for the NHL yet. He has really struggled with the speed of the game at this level. It’s the right move to give him time in Rockford.

    2. There isn’t 4 credible lines to roll. Let’s be very clear on this point.

    3. Hawks very much need help at forward if there is to be any legitimate shot at making noise in the playoffs. Especially at LW.

    4. Until proven otherwise the elephant on the ice is the systematic decline of Toews on the ice. Hawks desperately need him to reclaim his pre 2015-16 season form when he returns from LTIR.

  • December 5, 2016 at 6:59 am

    As I said 80% of 19 will help this team, even if 80% is all we can expect going forward. His play may not fit 10.5 million however, That would become a longer term problem. but a few short term problems to fix first.
    Glad they got the early points.

  • December 5, 2016 at 9:20 am

    This was a game where the fans had little to cheer about except Panarin equalizer that came off a zone exit that went off the goalpost behind Darling to start the play, and the last 4 minutes of the 3rd. Otherwise, this was a classic stinker of a game to watch.

    Jets get credit for working hard for most of the 60 minutes, and that was after an OT game Sat night in St Louis. First period and general offensive woes are becoming chronic.

    Jets will be a tough game for many teams imo as they get guys back from injuries.

    Darling was great stopping multiple breakaways.

    Overall, the Hawks must bring a better effort

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • December 5, 2016 at 10:07 am

    RTF , this is the same scenario as last year ,even into the play offs ,,Could Not Roll 4 lines . This year i think we have slightly less to work with . Now having said that , our defensive group has really made some improvements , landing Soupy , Kempy , Forsling emerging , is this the time to dangle T.V.R and a few other prospects ? Also we need balanced scoring , this a another trend from last year ,perhaps due to the same reasons ,.,.,miss Shaw for sure . Our Goalies have also been a bright spot ,.,.they are giving us a chance every night .

  • December 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Landeskog available when crawfords back straight up pro rated no picks no salary retention needed for hammer. Gl 19 81 72 15 88 70 16 14 64 48/11 38 and 2 51 6 7 42 57/7 what you think naysayers

  • December 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    In not the Hawks are deep enough to withstand injuries to both Crow and Toews. Specially Crow who is so important to their success

  • December 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Theres going to be games/times during the 82 games we are off/donot play good/suck for a period/just do not play. Shit happens/injurys and theres not excuse, though things make a difference.

    The same thing happened when 19/88/2 higher caphits kicked in we had to play with some lower elc caphits and those young guys (65/16/20/86) got better each yr, then we were stacked again for a few yrs. That’s whats we had in 2016. The difference is we didn’t have the normal defense that yr. (like 2011 and 2012/until 27) Instead of getting a good FW during the summer we got a #4 back (and a #5) and are now loaded on defense.

    So the FW lines are a little thin compared to 2015 and 2016 after deadline (not deep on D then), with defense being back to normal, actually stacked (not perfect/dang good). With as many good young FW in farm (and moar coming DCat/Hayden) the upside is coming, again. 42 isnt to shabby for upside.

    We do need to play better, like Phil, just like PP its hot/not comes in waves. Team game to be more consistent. Getting lines to be roll 4 lines. Tuff when Johnny is not. You need the big 4 to have two top scoring lines (yrs past its was 19/88/10/81)(then we added 20 and had 5 for a couple yrs)(now were where we were when we had four 19/81/72/88) and the fifth is a big center (15). So when we have the big 4 and 5th we can roll 4 lines.

    Need good role players as well. Theres enough guys gritty and young guys with skill and speed to do this. Just going to take time and patience in intertwining together and the roles. Mooser got better and that is big because he can roll on the stout 4th line with Krugs. A 4th line that can play against other teams top line (and a 4th line guy score 5 goals is normal, 10 is outstanding). Most 4th lines in league cannot do that, let alone well.

    Like noonan, We are lucky that many of the top teams in conference didn’t have as high of a record as normal in the first 20ish games. Most were around 2 over .500 before the long road trip and amazingly were still around 2or3 after the long road trip. Then we win first 2 at home after long road trip, then take 2 hits and still I think (havnt looked) most are in the vicinity of that 2or3 area (saw ANA at 4). Means that when we have off games/injurys were still ahead/tied or looking good.

    Then we can redeem ourselves by playing better, with having Johnny back and deeper lines. Trickle effect. Everything in life is good when your winning.

  • December 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    In less than 30 games Panarin, Anisimov, and Hossa have 10+ goals. Every forward has a goal except Desjardins and 22. The Hawks are Top 10 in GF.

  • December 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Bread Man has 100 pts already in one full season and 20ish games. Keeper, eh.

  • December 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Generate more offense as defensely we 2 or less in 5 of 7.


  • December 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I don’t see a path to affording Panarin after this season. He is a cinch to get $7m per season. How on earth can Chicago make that work?

  • December 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    For possibly one of the first times ever, Mr. Rufus raises a salient point re: Panarin and his anticpated heavy cap hit.

    The Hawks can thank Dollar Bill Wirtz (as well as Boston’s obstinate owner and the late Ed Snider) for emboldening their minion Betman for implementing the only hard cap in sports. Terrible.

  • December 5, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    The absence of The Captain hurts right now, but I have to say that overall I like what the Blackhawks are bringing to the table. Consistency is definitely a problem but it is as much a problem with the veterans as it is with new guys.

    There may not be all of the ingredients right now for a deep playoff run, but I like what Hinostroza and Hartmann have brought. They play well together and bring energy. The line with them and Hossa has been productive. Kane has looked a little “sleepy” at times, but his line with or without Panarin has done fairly well.

    I will take the presence of Hartmann or Hinostroza or Motte (or Schmaltz for that matter) over last year’s Garbutt, TT and company. The D is much deeper now, too, and I think it’s bordering on a liability to have TvR out there (granted, he’s really rusty right now and there’s a limited sample set for this season).

    So, I think that at this point in the season my glass is easily half full and I like what I see. There’s a lot of hockey left. With the better D corps and the young guys showing energy and the ability to make some plays, I’m in the optimistic camp. Gotta stay healthy in the net and get 19 back.
    Go Blackhawks!!!!

  • December 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    The same way we did in 2013. Salary cap is 76m area and was 64.3m in 2013. We need 12.5m to cover 19/88/7/15/player bonuses raises in caphits. So that’s about .800 difference. 22 on 23man?

    Everybody else to have same/similar caphit as the other guys in 2013.
    We wont have 32 at 2.2m, 8 at 2m, 27 at 3.3m and 67 at 2.3m instead have 32 at .600, 42 at .800, 51 at 1.5m and 70 at .700m and not have player bonus after that.

  • December 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Crow went up 3 or so to. So around 16m to cover raises.

    We can put every guy next to 2013 roster caphits (10 at 5.9m 72 at 5.9m ish) and it can be very similar. Since Salary cap 64.3m to 76m.

  • December 5, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Morrison for Mayor!

  • December 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Find a way to keep everybody. There is a way.

    We could have keeped Shawzer, though DCat is good for mid/long term.

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