Before I continue, let me just say that last night's Hawks game, in the grand scheme of the season, means very little. With that said, there were a few concerning sights in Thursdays game in Colorado.
Let's go over the positives and negatives, while trying to keep this ONE GAME in perspective.
Marian Hossa: Hossa's pass on Bryan Bickell's goal was outstanding, and he only got better from that point. He was the best player on the ice for either team. He's finally healthy, and will prove he's still the best overall player on the roster.
Marty Turco: Despite a few puckhandling adventures, Turco kept the Hawks in the game, stopping 37 of 41 Avalanche shots. many in spectacular fashion. He's going to give Hawks fans heart palpitations this season. His adventures out of the net had me hiding my eyes, but man can he handle the puck? If he's your fantasy goalie (like he is mine) expect a few assists this season.
The 4th Line: Jake Dowell, Viktor Stalberg and Jack Skile were very noticeable in their limited ice time. Skille was physical, Stalberg was creating chances (despite passing up a few chances to shoot), and Dowell won faceoffs and worked his ass off. This line, if kept as is, will be the top 4th line in hockey, and would make a hell of a 3rd line on other teams.
Patrick Sharp: 2 points, 7 shots for Sharpie. He scored the game tying goal in the 3rd, and has proven to be the Hawks "Mr. Reliable." Need a goal? Here I am. Stan Bowman's BEST offseason move was NOT moving Patrick Sharp.
Brent Seabrook: Seabrook looked slow and rusty for much of the game. Historically, he's a slow stater. He will improve, especially considering he's in a contract year.
Nick Leddy: Yes, it's harsh. He's a 19 year old defenseman in his first NHL game, but Leddy looked slow, nervous, and scared with the puck. I'm sure he'll get "better" but I'm not sure "better" is good enough. After one game, Leddy doesn't look like an NHL defenseman.
John Scott: How can a 6 '8 defenseman be invisible? I mean, I saw the high sticking penalty, but I didn't see the crushing hits and glove dropping I was promised. Adam Foote was begging for a beating. Why didn't Scott give him one?
ANALYSIS: It's one game, but the D needs to be better. Last season, the Hawks allowed a league best 25.1 shots against per game. Last night, they allowed 41 shots on goal. That MUST improve. If not, look for Turco to run out of gas quickly. No offense can keep up with that.
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