Before the Blackhawks face the Predators tonight, I want to comment on yesterday's game. Between family stuff yesterday, and class beginning in about 30 minutes today, I don't have much time, so bare with me.
The most important elements that I can take away from the smashing handed to the Wings, are that yes, the Hawks needed a reason to show up, and that the youth in this organization are reason enough to get excited.
Jeremy Morin was called up from Rockford, and on his first shift scored a goal. The first of the game, it showed his ability to get in the right places, and his scoring touch. In fact, Morin was pretty much in all of the right places all night, and ended up generating some offensive chances throughout the match. I was hoping to see a little playing with the lines in the 3rd period given the score. These types of games always present an opportunity for a practice session in my opinion. Moving Morin to Kane's line could have been interesting.
Brandon Saad is averaging a point per game in his last 15. Yesterday he showed how pretty he can make those 15 points at times. But this isn't even the main reason to celebrate his play. It is what Saad is doing when he doesn't have the puck that really excites. He is the total package, and can we please accept that there is no need to have Hossa on that line when he comes back?
Hey Bolland was noticeable, he had 2 goals on a night that Kaner had zero points. Kane is getting better everywhere on the ice though, and his contributions are felt not just on the scoresheet these days.
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