Blackhawks 4, Predators 1

Finally, the Blackhawks found the answer for the Predators Martin Erat.  His name, Jack Skille.  For the second game in a row against Nashville, Skille potted two goals.  Four of his six goals this year have come against the Preds.

His first on the night was a thing of beauty.  Sprung from a Dave Bolland pass, Skille beat the Nashville defenseman around the corner and from a tight angle, roofed a shot right over Anders Lindback’s shoulder.  The goal gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead at the time.

Then in the third, a loose puck at the Predator blue line found Skille’s stick.  With Kevin Klein providing the screen, Skille let it rip from 45 feet.  The puck beat Lindback clean to the blocker side and those goals were all the Hawks needed.

The Hawks did enough defensively by blocking shots and clogging lanes and Corey Crawford was strong enough in the net when the Hawks defense broke down.  So pretty much, the Hawks used the Predator formula for success against them. 

Thoughts

Though it still may be too early to tell, at the end of the season, we may look back on this stretch without Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane as the biggest blessing in disguise.  Not only are the Hawks winning games, they’re doing it with a collection of guys who aren’t normally expected to carry the team.  When Hossa and Kane come back, it’s only going to make the team that much stronger.  Joel Quenneville will know he can count on a certain group of guys for whatever the situation may call for.  As opposed to before the two injuries when Quenneville didn’t trust certain players as far as he could throw them.

–Another two point night from Dave Bolland, break out the champagne.  Not that it really makes a difference to anything, but has anyone checked Bolland’s pulse during the game?  When the Hawks score and he’s out on the ice, he doesn’t really possess the joy of a happy human.  The camera showed him after Jack Skille scored his first of the night and Bolland looked like they were heading the other way for an icing.  Meanwhile, Skille was doing his patented ‘scoop the ice cream’ celebration.

–Not a bad little run here for Bryan Bickell.  He scored another goal and was a +3.  In the first period, he nearly snapped off another wrist shot from the top of the circles but Lindback got it with his glove.  One of the few he caught cleanly on the night. 

–Brian Campbell, your on-ice leader among defenseman once again.  Amazing.

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4 Responses to Blackhawks 4, Predators 1

  1. Otter says:

    Thank you for making the Erat and Skille connection. I was thinking the same thing.

    One of the best Hawk efforts this year.

    Campbell is getting it done and being rewarded for it. Kudos to him.

  2. Patrick says:

    Great game for the guys – who loses his chair when Hossa, Kane and Stalberg come back? I’d nominate T-Kop, but then again, I ain’t Q.

    One more thing – WALKING DEAD FANS (who are looking for their zombie fix) – I’m reading the book “World War Z” right now. Solid stuff – go get it!

  3. Big Tony says:

    Patrick, I’ve read it and it’s simply amazing. It was one of those books I didn’t want to end. It could have been 600 pages and I’d have wanted more.

    I must be punchy tonight….what’s the Skille/Erat connection?

    Agreed about the Kane/Hossa injuries giving others the room to step up. Bickell has been a beast with that wrist shot. If he gets any sort of space to really get it off, he’s deadly with it.

  4. Monex says:

    He also must clear waivers to be sent down to the minors so when Hawks GM Stan Bowman starts doing the Skille Shuffle this season Bickell isnt on that list…..Now lets clear one popular misconception up right here…waivers and one-way two-way contracts have absolutely no bearing on one another. …… NHL Games Played Regular Season GP Playoff GP..Age age when signing 1st NHL contract as described in Article 8 .. for 90 of players this is largely true but there are exceptions. When I ve completely figured this out I ll post details on exactly how it works… – If a player plays in 11 or more NHL games at age 18 or 19 the exemption period shall drop to 4 years for goalies and 3 years for skaters with the first year playing in 11 games counting as the 1st year and the following years counting toward the exemption regardless of if the player plays in the NHL… thanks to for the chart info ……So anyway Bickell cant do the Skille Shuffle.

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