More balanced scoring should open things up for Panarin, Anisimov and Kane, who are drawing opponents’ toughest defenders.
Even someone with the kind of resume Hawks captain Jonathan Toews has can get frustrated when the puck isn’t going into the net.
For the Blackhawks to get where they want, they’re going to need Corey Crawford to return to form.
Instead of riding the hot hand, the Blackhawks are going back to Corey Crawford.
Marcus Kruger is coming back soon, and he’s cool with wherever he slots back into the Blackhawks’ lineup whenever he returns.
Two league sources told the Sun-Times that the Hawks have at least had preliminary discussions about Detroit wingers Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.
With five or six rookies in the lineup for most of the season, Hawks coach has had to be more teacher than taskmaster.