The Chicago Blackhawks have completed three preseason hockey games as of last night, getting off to a bit of a slow start. Losing two out of three in preseason play doesn’t really matter, but getting shut out their first two games isn’t too promising. Luckily, it’s just the preseason.
There were some scoring chances for the Hawks but they couldn’t capitalize. The one thing the preseason allows is the fans to get prepared for the season and the coaches to see young talent that is coming up through the system. But getting shut-out two games in a row by the Penguins to start, it’s hard for coaches and fans alike to see much of anything. One thing I did like seeing was that we have a fighter and an enforcer with Jordin Tootoo. The Blackhawks haven’t had a fighter since Brandon Bollig really. While many fans thought Andrew Shaw played that role, he was really more of a grinder with a presence in front of the net and in his opponent’s ears. Tootoo isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe, even when his opponent has got some height on him.
In their third game against the Blues, the Hawks started to pick it up. With the all too reliable netminder Scott Darling tallying 18 saves and maintaining a shutout, Tyler Motte came up big, scoring his first two goals with the Hawks and leading Chicago to a 4-0 win over St. Louis. Artemi Panarin also tallied a goal with Patrick Kane getting an assist.
The Hawks’ offense picked up in their game against the Blues just as Scott Darling showed while he’s such a valuable goaltender. We’ve seen good things and aspects that need to be improved. Hopefully they can keep it up tonight against the Red Wings in Detroit and we’ll see how Coach Q has been preparing his team for the upcoming season.