Korpisalo, Jackets Hold Off Blackhawks

Kevin Lankinen was back between the pipes on Friday as the Blackhawks hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets in the only game on the NHL calendar. Opposing him was one of his long time friends and workout partners, Joonas Korpisalo.

So, which netminder would… Finnish?

It was a relatively big night for the Jackets franchise, however. John Tortorella was behind the bench for his 400th game as the head coach of the Blue Jackets. So, you know, there’s that nugget of information.

Columbus came in without Patrik Laine, who is still recovering from an injury and hasn’t dressed for the Jackets yet. Columbus played at home on Thursday night as well.

Chicago, on the other hand, rolled out the same lineup they had for Wednesday night’s game in Nashville. Coach Jeremy Colliton stayed with seven defensemen and 11 forwards for a second straight game.

Columbus did the Blackhawks an early favor. Dylan Strome drove the net and was tripped by Liam Foudy, who was sent to the box to think about his actions for two minutes. Unfortunately, Foudy had two full minutes to consider his error because the Hawks failed to score on the power play.

With 12:13 left in the first period, Philipp Kurashev returned the favor and gave Columbus their first power play of the night. Unlike the Hawks, the Blue Jackets made their advantage count. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored 66 seconds into the power play to give Columbus an early 1-0 lead.

Through 20 minutes of hockey, the two teams had seven total shots on net – combined. A few were quality chances, but this game was not exactly lighting up the scoreboard by any means. Indeed, there were only 11 total faceoffs in the first period.

Noticeably, Ian Mitchell skated 1:07 on the Hawks’ first period power play. He was at 5:18 in the period and exchanged words with Max Domi late in the period.

Chicago blocked four shots in the first period and Lankinen stopped two of the three that made it to the net. Columbus blocked seven shots in the first period while Korpisalo stopped all four he faced.

Right after the Blackhawks had a decent chance in front of the net, Eric Robinson got a breakaway and sniped a shot past Lankinen. It was a shot Lankinen really needs to stop, but it got past him and the Jackets had a two-goal lead 3:39 into the second period.

Less than 30 seconds after the Robinson goal, Seth Jones went to the box to give the Hawks another power play.

The Jones penalty ended without the Hawks doing any damage, but the shots were starting to pick up for both sides. When Alexandre Texier went to the box at 9:47, the Blackhawks attacked.

Chicago got a couple good shots at the net and finally broke through. Strome was credited with his third of the season exactly 60 seconds into the advantage and Columbus’ lead was cut in half.

Calvin de Haan went to the box for a couple minutes less than 60 seconds after the Strome goal and things were starting to happen quickly on both ends of the ice. Well, everything except scoring.

Both sides continued to get pucks on net and both goaltenders were up to the task. When the horn sounded to end the period, there was an exhale form those tracking shots.

After the two sides combined for seven shots on net in the first period, Chicago out-shot the Jackets 19-12 in the second period. Unfortunately they only put one into the net and trailed by one heading to the third.

The Blackhawks’ young defensemen had a solid second period. Lucas Carlsson, Nicolas Beaudin and Mitchell were all noticeable at times for strong defensive play. At one point, Colliton sent Mitchell and Beaudin out together for a defensive zone faceoff.

Mitchell had three shots on net in 10:23 through two periods, tied with Duncan Keith for the most shots on net on the Blackhawks.

The shots on goal weren’t as frequent early in the third but the pace of play didn’t slow down at all.

Columbus had a long shift in Chicago’s zone eight minutes into the third period, but what was noticeable was a pretty strong, sustained battle all over the place between Mitchell and Foudy. The two battled against the boards until Mitchell kicked the puck away. Then, when Foudy tried to post up in front of Lankinen, Mitchell did his best to push him away from the net. Mitchell kicked a shot attempt clear as well.

Columbus started to carry the action more as the third period continued, but Lankinen was playing exceptionally well again. After allowing a soft goal for the Jackets’ second marker, Lankinen locked it down and was on point.

When the clock crossed six minutes left in regulation the Blackhawks started putting together some sustained pressure in the Jackets’ zone. With 3:12 left in regulation the puck found Kane right in front of the net attacking and Korpisalo made a ridiculous save. Absolutely brilliant play by Columbus’ netminder.

Beaudin was playing very well in the third. He almost set up Kane for a good scoring chance just before the play that was stopped by Korpisalo.

With about two minutes left in regulation, Carl Soderberg had a great chance on a rebound. Unfortunately, his shot went through the five hole and missed just wide of the net.

Lankinen went to the bench with 65 seconds left in the third.

The Hawks couldn’t beat Korpisalo with the extra attacker and the game ended with a regulation loss for Chicago.

The Hawks’ five-game point streak ended.

Kane skated 27:14 and put six shots on net. He had a few great chances but Korpisalo was insane. Mattias Janmark was getting more run with the Hawks only dressing 11 forwards. He finished the night with one shot on net in 20:06.

Lankinen finished the night with 25 saves against 27 shots.

All seven defensemen for Chicago were credited with at least one blocked shot. Mitchell finished the night skating 15:17.

Korpisalo made 31 saves in the win and was clearly the star of the night.

66 thoughts on “Korpisalo, Jackets Hold Off Blackhawks

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    OTT 5
    DET 3
    EDM 3
    CHI 2

    Every division has basically every team where they belong except for EDM ARI should be better.

    OTT DET in different divisions helps those teams suck more record wise. Looks like 3 spot might be best we can before ping pong balls.

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Great effort. Zero complaints. Say what you will about Colliton but every guy is playing hard each shift.
    Kane glorious chances. Shaw tremendous in tight chances.

    Lankinen says he loves the one game on, one day off.

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Another really good game for the Hawks
    Lank was solid and the kids where able to close the door to a strong team ..

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Players who impressed tonight, rating out of 10 in parenthesis:

    Lankinen (8)
    Janmark (7)
    Strome (7)

    Those who did not impress:

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Lost to a great goalie performance. That’s hockey. As a guy who wanted Strome traded, I have to say he is playing pretty well and his skating looks a bit better. Thought both Beaudin and Carlsson looked more comfortable tonight.

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Tommy Ivan. I agree on Soderberg. Not playing at NHL pace.

    I will say Janmark WAY better than averted.

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Another really good game for the Hawks
    Lank was solid and the kids where able to close the door to a strong team ..
    Nice to see Beaudin play with Mitchell in drone….coach give them ice time and this will give them confidence.
    The kids are playing a lot and I love that ..

  • January 29, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Playing hard and trying to win gotta like it, most woulda had 2 or 3 more goals, so hard to say what they were doing tonight wasn’ t successful for the most part.

    One thing a sesson like this will help with decisions on goalies is playing same teams so often, is they will get to see a goalie play some quite a few times and see if teams figure them out. Usually that’s something that takes a couple of years to gauge.

  • January 29, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I will say what I want about Colliton, he’s a poor coach. The D zone coverage the second game in Nashville wasn’t much better than the first game. Lankinen was outstanding (as he was tonight) and the team played harder, whoopee. Defensive zone breakdowns are still plentiful.

    I dont equate the Hawks playing hard to Colliton being a good coach. Not at all. Granted, he was put in this position bc of Bowman; no other GM would have ever placed him as their NHL coach. Bowman said at the press conference when Colliton was hired he was the guy to lead them to the playoffs.

    We re still waiting. Absent pandemic, it ain’t happening.

  • January 29, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    They played hard and will learn about being in the right positions and picking up their checks with the teams they have to play in this COVID division.I really liked Beaudin,Mitchell,and Carllson tonight.They are making the adjustments and are looking very comfortable.Hagel and Kurashev have strung together 5 solid games now.Soderberg and Kubalik need to start being more dangerous in the offensive zone.

  • January 29, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Another good effort by the Hawks tonight. Kept the game close..definitely missed the size and strength of Toews and Dach tonight..seemed like even though the Hawks had their fair share of possession, they couldn’t get into the middle of the ice or get into the blue paint consistently..it was a tall order. Columbus has size throughout their lineup and they did a good job of keeping the Hawks to the perimeter or clogged up in the neutral zone most of the night. But on the positive side, Lankinen looked good again and I’ve been impressed by the puck possession and willingness to battle in the corner of Hagel, Kurashev and Janmark..all three are pretty sticky on the puck and hold onto possession well..bodes well for the team once Dach, Cat, Boqvist, etc are back..Kurashev and Janmark will have finishers to feed pucks to.

    Hagel-Kampf-Carpenter (although by next year I think this is Entwistle’s spot or Shaw’s slot as I expect Carpenter to be traded at the deadline)

  • January 29, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    That’s more like it. Play well but pick up 0 points in the standings. What’s not to like?

    I really like the way Beaudin battles and is sound positionally. Keep it going kid.

    Of the 3 veteran free agent Swedes brought in – I’d keep Janmark but the other 2 can go away and make room to give another rookie an audition. Maybe Soderberg doesn’t have his legs in game shape yet, but yeesh! I expected Soderberg to play about as well as Janmark has played and Janmark to play about as poorly as Soderberg has played … so I guess it’s a wash. ;=)

    Kurashev – yeah! Like him. Sticky on the puck is a good way to put it. Got some pickpocket skills in him. Hopefully he finds the scoresheet again soon so it doesn’t become “a thing”.

  • January 29, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    As with I love the way Janmark is playing but I do expect him to be traded at TDL

    Korposalo was great – excellent goaltending
    Absolutely robbed Kane

    Shaw has no puck skills to speak off – a couple of his chances he would have probably scored on with better puck skills

    Agree all 3 young D were better but if Boquist was getting beat in the D zone like Mitchell is this board would be all over him

    Myself I’m gonna be patient with Mitchell just like I am with Boquist

    Kurashev and Havel continue to look like keepers

    Colour me impressed that the Hawks are playing a much more responsible defensive game given especially how bad they were last year

    JC deserves a big part of the credit there

  • January 30, 2021 at 12:10 am

    i like what i have seen from beaudin much better than boqvist. hope boqvist is sent to rockford when he returns.

  • January 30, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Strome deserves some praise too. He’s been pretty good so far this season. He always had very good offensive instincts and skills but something is better about him this season. Not sure I can put my finger on it – maybe he’s skating a little better? I don’t know but he’s a better total package than he’s been in the past.

  • January 30, 2021 at 6:41 am

    Strome finally looks like he’s 100% healthy. Too dinged up last year.

  • January 30, 2021 at 6:41 am

    I wonder what Boqvist and Nylander think of these games and their replacements.

    Perhaps they will be getting a little nervous about their future when they return.

    Delia can’t be feeling too well either.

  • January 30, 2021 at 6:42 am

    I wonder what Boqvist and Nylander think of these games and their replacements.

    Perhaps they will be getting a little nervous about their future when they return.

    Delia can’t be feeling too well either.

  • January 30, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Tommy Ivan… i like your rating system…but you left out Kampf who is a pretty good pk guys BUT my dear Lord he has cement hands and should be slotted in at 2 in the scale of 1 to 10 .
    I would also put Kubalik at 2 …his North South game is gone ,he needs better players on his line . He was looking like a power forward last season …where did that guy go ?

    Seems to be a lot Less panic on our back end in our zone since Boqvist has been out !

    Have a good day all,dress warm .

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:02 am

    I think Strome is skating a little better and his compete level is definitely higher
    If he were 3C behind 19 and 77 I’d be happy with our centre situation the way he’s playing now

    I think Nylander has more to worry about than Boquist at this point but that could change

    If Janmark keeps up his good play maybe the Hawks do resign him and trade Shaw instead if they could find a taker for 65

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Why Strome is better since the start of the year ? Because the kid is one year older and is now 23 years young on is third year in NHL ..or 5 years if you add is 2 years playing 20 games at 8 minutes/ game with Arizona.
    Hawks add the best in that transaction I think . Strome and they add Regula in Bonus for Schmalt . Future will tell us but I have the feeling that Regula will be a good Dman .not a top 2 but a good number 3 or 4 with size . Another good transaction by Bowman …the first one is the one that bring Murphy in Chicago …what a great move .another keeper.
    Now let see the kidS play and have fun playing Colliton game.
    Love my New Hawks
    Hopefully we will get Shaw And a few other older players out of this team by the end of the season .for draft pick or prospect.
    Nylander will need to play is heart and soul to stay with the Hawks when he come back or he will be out …we don’t need a bad lazy apple with the new Hawks ..you play or you leave. I think he will be gone next year.
    Go Hawks Go

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:23 am

    If this Season is about rebuilding, and it is, then we should be happy with this effort tonight.

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:31 am

    WIJG, you mention Boqvist worried about his replacements. Where was Carlsson 3 and half years ago compared to where Boqvist is now at same age, doubt there is really much too worry about from him. Boqvist biggest worry is himself, a little healthy competition between Boqvist and Beaudin could be a real possibility though, that would actually be good for both players.

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Agree Ian – Beaudin is showing some interesting promise

    By next year (or TDL) could have all of Mitchell, Boquist and Beaudin on the back end

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Never thought much of Strome.

    But Ebony Raptor is right,….the guy is deserving of praise for his game so far this year.

    Maybe being forced to be the topline center cuz of injuries has matured him.

    Added responsibility can either make or break a person.

    Would like to see him go harder to the net and stay there (like 19), but he is not doing badly.

  • January 30, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Regarding Nylander and Boqvist:

    Nylander certainly should be talking to a real estate agent. It should be obvious there are several players that have more fight in them and more heart than he has shown.

    Boqvist may want to get familiar with I-90 from Rockford to Chicago. Not saying he is a bust, just that he needs a little more time in the AHL and the Blackhawks can now afford to send him there. He may be better than some of the others, but needs to improve his hockey IQ and position play.

  • January 30, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Fun 2nd & 3rd. That 1st period was like watching paint dry, oof.
    Glaringly obvious is 19’s absence at the dot. Holy hell we need guys who can win faceoffs.—How many years have we been saying that now?!?! 6, 7??? ffs!
    Delightfully surprised that Lankinen has been as consistent these first couple games as he was for the Finns at worlds & was in the Rock.
    Stay safe friends, snowmageddon is coming again! :)

  • January 30, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Not trying to rag on any player this year but Calvin De haan might be the slowest skater on the Hawks ever. They blow by him with little effort.

  • January 30, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Kurashev sees the ice well and has the potential to become a very good passer (in addition to having a great release). I like his low center of gravity as well. As I have posted before, his overall skill set is rare. At #120 he could easily turn out to be our best player from the 2018 draft.

  • January 30, 2021 at 10:53 am

    suter, kurashev, hagel, highmore, janmark. all nice players with only decent skills. guys who can help you win on the bottom six. hope the light has gone on for nylander about what effort and toughness bring to a player’s game. he is a kid who can be a difference maker if he decides to play the game like a man. has the size to do so.

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:12 am

    This is exactly what we want right. Play hard/compete young players get games/lots of games learn experience 3 AHL goalies 20 50 77 19 sit out for the yr. Do a bottom 5 record and have a very good chance at 1st pick which usually requires being in spots 2 3 4 or 5 position before ping pong balls.

    Even though we do have a better roster then last two yrs we donot without 20 50 77 19 and 3 AHL goalies. So we should be worse then 12th and 9th of last yrs.

    January 29, 2021 at 9:45 pm
    Great effort. Zero complaints. Say what you will about Colliton but every guy is playing hard each shift.

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Hey everyone, do I seem a little more chipper than normal this morning? Ha, do I?

    Well that’s because I got a promotion. I’m not just a plain run of the mill old geezer any more – I’ve been promoted to a plain run of the mill RETIRED old geezer. YES! My last day of gainful employment was yesterday – I’m now an old geezer of leisure.

    I will now have more time to haunt Tab’s site with my Pollyanna optimism and pain in the butt devil’s advocacy. Lucky you! ;=)

    Public Service Announcement: For all you working stiffs reading this – please continue contributing to the Social Security and Medicare funds. Thank You. :=)

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:36 am

    That would be wonderfull if Beau and Carllson are good D guys for the future group in addition to Mitch.

    I expect Kurachev to be good player and again huge if Hagel is a good player and fly on 4th line when were quality deep.

    Need 5 lines deep to be quality deep so every position is needed filled not just top 6 3rd line.

    TIM W.
    January 29, 2021 at 10:16 pm
    They played hard and will learn about being in the right positions and picking up their checks with the teams they have to play in this COVID division.I really liked Beaudin,Mitchell,and Carllson tonight.They are making the adjustments and are looking very comfortable.Hagel and Kurashev have strung together 5 solid games now.

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Didnt he play good in the corona tournament which netted us a 17th instead of a 9th quality player. So since corona started hes been good. Just not a player we want when were deep again because of D skills and skating?

    I have nothing agsint 17 or 12 just want to assemble as good of a roster for when were deep again so we can win again.

    January 30, 2021 at 1:52 am
    Strome deserves some praise too. He’s been pretty good so far this season. He always had very good offensive instincts and skills but something is better about him this season. Not sure I can put my finger on it – maybe he’s skating a little better? I don’t know but he’s a better total package than he’s been in the past.

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Congratulations to you Raptor …you deserve it after working a good part of your life .now it’s time for you to enjoy life and relax your body…next few weeks will be strange for you but you will get use to it if you are discipline and find things you love to do .

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Re: Boqvist going to Rockford – I’m against it.

    It seems to me there would be two reason to send him down to Rockford (1) to get more playing time, and (2) to get more confidence in his game.

    The first rationale (get more playing time) presupposes he will get less TOI in the Hawks lineup than he would playing in Rockford. That presupposition is based on the normal primary objective of the NHL team which is to win games. A struggling d-man will hurt the team’s ability to meet that objective so his TOI will be reduced. However, the Hawks primary objective is not to win games this season – it’s to play the kids and get them NHL game experience. Therefore, the “get more playing time” doesn’t really apply.

    The second rationale ((re)gain confidence) may apply, but it’s not something that can be ascertained from the outside by merely watching games on TV. The coaches would need to determine if his play is being affected by a lack of confidence. If it isn’t a lack of confidence, than there’s no point in having to play in Rockford because he will eventually have to either learn how to play NHL level defense at the NHL level or he will prove he’s not capable of playing NHL level defense and the Hawks will have to move on from him. It’s better to make that determination in this “rebuild year” then to defer that determination until the Hawks have transitioned from rebuild mode to win now mode.

    Play him now so you can find out now.

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:55 am

    Big difference having 19 26 X 16 at center for faceoffs with players like 10 who can go 50% stepping in on throw outs.

    Krugs is the big difference not having him. The other centers when we were deep come at tradeline adds. Like 26 80 other or in summer like 11 91.

    Well add those kind of players again when were deep again for now it helps that top 5 skill draft player/just like 77.

    January 30, 2021 at 9:03 am
    Glaringly obvious is 19’s absence at the dot. Holy hell we need guys who can win faceoffs.—How many years have we been saying that now?!?! 6, 7??? ffs!

  • January 30, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Hawks2020 – thanks, but strangely enough retirement won’t be very different from a physical perspective because I’ve been working from home for about the last 7-8 years. My job was managing computer systems scattered all over the globe and I convinced my employer I could be just as effective (actually more so) doing the job from home. So my daily routine was to sit on my couch with my laptop on my lap for about 10 hours a day M-F. The only really physical exercise I got was to take care of our horses – feed them, clean up after them, stack hay bales, etc. – and that won’t change.

    So now instead of sitting on my couch managing a computer system in Singapore or Monheim Germany or any one of a couple dozen locations around the world, I will sit on my couch and darken the doorways of my favorite Hawks blog sites. :=)

  • January 30, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I have always seen a flash of 86/Teravainen in Kurachev in ways.

    I like it baby!

    January 30, 2021 at 10:48 am
    Kurashev sees the ice well and has the potential to become a very good passer (in addition to having a great release). I like his low center of gravity as well. As I have posted before, his overall skill set is rare. At #120 he could easily turn out to be our best player from the 2018 draft.

  • January 30, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Fos have been decent actually, Kampf 56% so far this year, Strome 53% , Soderberg 48.5% since his arrival. Suter at 42 or 43% range struggled at first but has picked it up lately so his nos. should improve some. Still miss Toews for sure but not as bad as thought so far.
    Ptactice cancelled due to covid exposire today, stay tuned on game tomorrow annoincement.

  • January 30, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Ebony raptor: sending Boqvist to Rockford would be to improve his positioning and decision-making.

    TOI and ‘confidence’ (whatever that means) is useless if he is repeatedly making bad decisions or is constantly getting caught out of position.

    He has had plenty of time in the NHL to improve in these areas and he is not making very good progress. Perhaps he’s too ‘confident’ and thinks he can do anything.

  • January 30, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    ER – congrats on your retirement and we look forward to you ‘darkening our door’ here even more than usual!
    You’re also a welcome read from my POV
    Carry on!

  • January 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    ER, now you have extra time to hit the slopes 7 dyas a wk for a hr every day.

    Thats whats lifes about.

  • January 30, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    WIJG, if Boqvist needs to learn how to be better at positioning – why does he have to go to Rockford to do it? Why couldn’t he learn better positioning in Chicago?

  • January 30, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Mo, my “hit the slopes” days are long gone – one bad hip, two bad knees and one bad ankle … other than that I’m the picture of health. ;=)

    Hell, I can’t even ride more horse anymore because I can’t get up in the saddle without the aid of a mounting block … and those are difficult to carry with on trail rides. :=)

  • January 30, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    “my horse” – not “more horse”.

  • January 30, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Until Boqvist dramatically changes and improves his skating he will not be of value in the NHL. He needs power skating school to make his strides more productive.I do like the play of Beaudin and Carllson.They seem to improve each game.

  • January 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    EB I retired 5 years ago, have hobbies to keep yourself busy, it can be as good as you make it, hear you on health issues limiting you for sure. Way I see it, we have 2 choices keep going and keep living or we don’t.

  • January 30, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    Ebonytraptor: He isn’t improving in Chicago. Not ready for Prime Time.

    Perhaps he needs some remedial education before graduating to the next grade.

  • January 30, 2021 at 3:27 pm


    done ten years ago. as long as you keep yourself and mind busy you are good to go. a ton of things to do if you are open minded.

    and now the hawks are fun to watch again. excited and hopeful for the rest of the season. if kane, keith, and de haan are ex hawks at the tdl and the kids keep improving it will be a wonderful year.

    time for the next generation of hawks. thanks to the old guard for what they did and now, as with us retirees, make room for the next iteration.

  • January 30, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    WIJG, you didn’t answer my question – why do you think getting training and playing in Rockford is better for Boqvist than getting training and playing in Chicago?

  • January 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Yep, time for geezers to be put out to pasture … just not the glue factory. :=)

  • January 30, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Just have to go with the ski bunnys keep them company till I get to the lodge for me.

  • January 30, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Agree with Ebony Raptor and Perimeter, Strome looks like he is “all in” every shift. Great to see. Seems the 2 year contract put his mind at ease and he is playing on instinct. Much, much better player this year.

    Delia should have some value to a playoff type team that has goalie injuries and needs a #2.

  • January 30, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Ebonyraptor: do you really not know?

    1. Speed of the game. He hasn’t adjusted to the speed of the NHL and seems to be making rash decisions. Also, he needs work on his skating (as has been cited by many others here). Anytime you can’t keep up you need to dial it back until you’re ready.

    2. Position Play. Again, it’s hard to work on position when you can get there. He may need some more one-on-one work like they were doing with him and Brian Campbell while he was in the OHL.

    3. Time. He may need to get physically stronger or learn to be stronger on his skates. That takes time. As I mentioned in previous posts – the Blackhawks can afford to and him down while giving others an opportunity.

    Aside from all that, it may be where he belongs for (for now). Roster spots are not entitlements, they need to be earned.

  • January 30, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    When most of young wave is ready and playing fulltime its going to be good to see how the team speed is because we havnt got to see a whole roster with speed.

    Since TB 2015 we always had the better roster of better players though not every guy was fast. We won everytime because we were better team/players and thes young teams starting with TB/2105 were good but really a lot to do with it was they were all fast. So it closed the gap between better players and fast team.

    Since 2015 we really havnt had a top 5 team/well we were in 16 but 17 was when it started because of 4 81. Anyways point is we didnt have a full roster/team of all fast players because you didnt need that from 2006-2016. Now you do.

    So it will be interesting to see how we look once we get our full roster of fast player like all these younger teams have now. Teams that were young 10 yrs ago didnt have this. This started around 16 or 17 and maybe goes hand in hand with the watering down of the top 5 teams salary cap wise now fast teams.

  • January 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Good night for the Hawks in the draft department. A lot of 3 point games. Chicago closer to the top 5.

    We might not get franchise player Owen Power. But getting Kent Johnson or Matt Benares to go with Dach and Reichel would be nice. 3 blue chippers.

    Keep an on Colorado. Devon Toews got hurt and is out long term. Might be a landing spot for deHaan. Sakic won’t want Zadorov back. But he is all in on winning the Stanley Cup. He will be calling Stan again.

  • January 30, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks Ian for the FO %; I guess my optics were off or maybe losing FO at key times in the game made it seem worse to me?!???? I don’t know.
    Congrats ER on your retirement, I’ll be one of those contributing for at least 20 more years so you’re welcome Hahaha :)

  • January 30, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Were in the 3 spot now/tied for it by going by games over/under .500

    OTT 5
    DET 3
    CHI 2
    NYR 2
    EDM 2
    SJ 2

    Fully expect NYR EDM to do better record wise. Its those same teams SJ ANA LA that we have to beat.

  • January 31, 2021 at 12:44 am

    WIJG, Again, if this were a “normal” year and the Hawks were wanting to get as many standings points as possible – then send him down so he can get more TOI than he would if he stayed up with the Hawks – but it isn’t a normal year because the Hawks first priority isn’t getting points and making the playoffs – it’s getting the young players NHL experience and Boqvist is one of those young players. He can’t get NHL experience in Rockford. He needs to prove he can be an NHL d-man of prove he can’t – one way of the other.

  • January 31, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Silly me!

    I never knew that Time on Ice could solve fix everything.

  • January 31, 2021 at 10:10 am

    WIJG, I didn’t say TOI would fix anything, let alone everything. What I said was he doesn’t have to be sent down to Rockford to improve – he can get the same training and game time experience playing with the Hawks. If you disagree with that, please tell me your reason for disagreeing.

  • January 31, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Were even though it helps DET and OTT not playing each other and getting free wins and screws us by having to take 8 free wins agasint DET. Good thing is SJ ANN LA well get free wins agasint each other to. SO really OTT looks to be the winner of the 1 spot before ping pong balls and usually that spot doesnt get it ask COL DET last yrs.

  • January 31, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Craig N- I like Kent Johnson too. I wouldn’t mind Luke Hughes – size/skating/ and great pedigree w/ 2 stud brothers. Wouldn’t mind him falling into Hawk’s pick

    Don’t know much about Benares

  • January 31, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Bluto, I think he meant Matthew Beniers who plays with Powers and Johnson at Michigan. Beniers played really well for USA at the U20 WJC which probably cemented his draft position into the top-10.

  • January 31, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Mo, I’ve seen Ottawa play a couple times and they are awful. I can’t imagine any other team beating them to the bottom of the standings. They make Detroit look good. Yeesh!

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