All figures are in U. Footnotes Revenue and operating income are for season and net of revenue sharing and arena debt service. Enterprise value of team based on current arena deal unless new arena is pending.
Tune in for our weekly column to stay up to date on everything Blackhawks. The second week of the season is in the books for the Chicago Blackhawks. Fortunately, they fared a tad bit better than their first week. The Blackhawks picked up four more points in the standings, and are now overall.
Edmonton Oilers, Mon. Columbus Blue Jackets, Fri. Washington Capitals, Sun. Having not played since Sept. Dach started on the fourth line for the IceHogs, but moved his way up in the lineup and centered the first line during their matchup Friday night.
Surprisingly, head coach Jeremy Colliton gave the year-old plenty of responsibility by having him center the second line between Dylan Strome and Patrick Kane. But this also gave him an opportunity to play with highly skilled players.
He had one shot attempt, one blocked shot, and went 1-for-5 in the faceoff circle in minutes of playing time. Really good, very pleased. He looked comfortable.
Made a lot of plays. Play away from the puck I thought was quite good. Pressure to cause turnovers, was safe with it — he made plays but did it safely. So good start for him. Can Dach help the team win? Can he make a case for himself to stay with the big club?
He certainly earned another look with his performance Sunday night. Crawford, Lehner Usage a Mystery The goalie usage for the first six games of the season has been a bit puzzling.
Corey Crawford started the first two contests and did just ok. The struggling defense in front of him was certainly a factor as well.
Predictably Robin Lehner got the nod for the third game, and he performed very well. Unpredictably, the Blackhawks turned around and went with Crawford for the next tilt.
He in turn had his best performance of the season to date, but was replaced by Lehner again. Robin Lehner has had two solid performances in net for the Chicago Blackhawks in their first six appearances. Crawford and Lehner have switched off in net every other game for the last four contests.
Colliton explained his thought process before the Blue Jackets game on Friday Lehner played in that one.
Obviously Colliton is trying to keep both netminders fresh and on their game. That busy stretch he refers to starts now; the Blackhawks play at least every other day for the next nine days, with their first back-to-back matchups this weekend.
Power Play Struggles The Blackhawks want to get their power play going, and the first order of business is to get more opportunities on the man advantage. I think the last game against the Oilers we did a better job of playing with the puck, it was probably our best game.
We can even do a better job. Against the Blue Jackets, they drew four penalties, and against the Capitals they drew five. The only problem is, with 12 opportunities in the last three games, the Blackhawks only scored one power play goal. This goal by DeBrincat is a set play, and it was this same play that got them their first PP goal of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Defenseman Erik Gustafsson gets the puck up to Kane, who then finds a seam and passes it to DeBrincat, who shoots it home. Yes, this is a great play.
The opposition is going to prepare for it and attempt to cut it off. The power play will have its ups and downs throughout the season, and if the players keep working at it the goals will come.
But they should also consider some new looks on the power play to shake things up a bit.
As I said last week, this should also include utilizing your second unit more. One was playing on the first line and assisted by DeBrincat against the Blue Jackets , and the other was while he was on the fourth line and assisted by Alex Nylander Caps game.
Caggiula is doing a good job of being effective no matter where he slots into the lineup. Speaking of Nylander, he tallied for his second goal of the season against the Oilers.
Nylander is now tied for second place on the team with Brandon Saad and DeBrincat, who all have two goals and two assists for four points. Fourth line center Ryan Carpenter is doing his part to help the team win. Dominik Kubalik continues to dominate. Against the Capitals Sunday night, he scored a goal and had 10 shots on goal!
Keep up the good work, and keep shooting. Lots of love has been given of late to the third line which includes Kubalik and Saad. But the third member of the trio tends to get lost in the shuffle.
Nevertheless, center David Kampf has quietly been having a solid season thus far.
After not tallying a point in the first three contests, Jonathan Toews earned his first assist of the season against the Oilers, and his first goal in overtime against the Blue Jackets. Can they get revenge from their loss to the Flyers in Prague? The Flyers matchup will mark the seventh game of their homestand.
This will be their first back-to-back tilts of the season.
Look to see both netminders Crawford and Lehner in action over the weekend.