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Some Thoughts on the First Week of the Blackhawks Season

It’s hard to believe that we are already over a week into the NHL season, viagra especially when Chicago has turned ALL its focus on the Cubs! And we should, I mean the Blackhawks have three championships in six years, the Cubs on the other hand… This is our year and #WeAreGood

Enough on that.

The Blackhawks currently are 2-2 and are sitting at the bottom of the conference in sixth place. Grant it, it is early and let’s face it, does the regular season really count? Last night the Blackhawks had their sloppiest game losing 3-0 vs. the Flyers. Too many penalties and no offense sunk this ship early in the second period.

The Blackhawks have a chance to bounce back tonight as they visit the Washington Capitals.  The Capitals haven’t started off on the right foot this season. They currently are 1-1, and a “messed up” alarm clock kept super star Alexander Ovechkin out of their second game of the season, a shellacking from the San Jose Sharks. The Capitals are also without Nicklas Backstrom, who led the league with 60 assists last season but was only cleared for contact this week following offseason hip surgery. There’s no timetable for his return. Obviously the Blackhawks need to take advantage of Backstrom’s absence. Scott Darling, who has yet to face the Capitals, is likely to make his second start of the season in between the pipes. He once again stepped up to the call and stopped 28 shots in Saturday’s 4-1 win against the Islanders.

It’s only been a week, but here are a few observations of the season so far.

  • It’s been a Jekyll & Hyde week. The Blackhawks back to back wins versus the Islanders were the Blackhawks of “last season”. Loses versus the Rangers and Flyers, not good. Too many cracks in the lines, the Hawks looked lost. Its early and plenty of time to work through the lines.
  • Say what you will (and I know I have) about Patrick Kane. He is currently leading the team in points, goals and assists. His focus is clearly on the ice, and trying to fly under the radar. However, the fans on the road have been less than kind to Kaner. Chanting “No Means No” and “She Said No” to the superstar. It has to be taxing emotionally; hopefully he can continue to shine on the score sheet for the Hawks.
  • I am really enjoying watching Trevor Daly; Daly was part of the Patrick Sharp trade and was a leader in Dallas. You can tell he is getting use to Coach Q’s system, but I can definitely see him as part of our top four defenseman core.
  • Corey Crawford + Scott Darling = One Happy Hawks fan!

It’s early. A lot of work needs to be done with the lines and chemistry. However, I am really pumped for another run! #GoHawks

About the author: Victoria L. Olszowy. Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Victoria is a Chicago native who is obsessed with Chicago sports; she bleeds the Maize & Michigan Blue and is an avid fan of the Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears and Bulls. She is excited to be leading SDI into the next iteration and all feedback is welcome! Victoria is a seasoned technology/sports public relations executive at Golin. A lover of the outdoors, Victoria is a competitive runner and just finished her Master’s Degree this past spring. You can contact Victoria at v.kendzierski@sportsdivasinc.com or on Twitter @chisportsdivas or Instagram @victoriakendzie

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