Five things from Sunday’s game…
- The Chicago Blackhawks are on a roll. They have started the season with an incredible 10-0-2 record and have been the best team in the NHL so far. They looked dominant on Sunday night against the Predators.
“They are a deep team. They are quite skilled. I think defensively they really come back hard. They don’t give you a lot of space and you really have to earn it,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said following the game.
“We didn’t really challenge them very well. It wasn’t our A-game, no question. They run and gun a little bit more and they bury them when they can, like they did tonight,” Mike Fisher added.
- The lack of shots on goal is becoming a serious problem for the Predators. They were held to just 17 shots on Sunday night and didn’t score a goal. The Predators are averaging just 21.1 shots per game, which is by far the lowest amount in the NHL. Trotz has a formula for correcting that problem.
“It all starts with the breakouts and speed. We need a middle drive. That’s where it starts. Secondly, you have to think about creating chances off shots,” Trotz said.
- Pekka Rinne stopped 24 of 27 shots. He made some pretty good saves to keep the Predators in the game but didn’t have his A-Game on Sunday night.
- Rich Clune played one of his best games. He dished out some pretty good hits, engaged in a good fight with Andrew Shaw and created a good scoring opportunity in the slot.
- Bridgestone Arena was sold out for the 17th consecutive game on Sunday night. There were a pretty good number of Chicago fans in attendance, but not as many as there have been at some games during the past few seasons.
Three stars of Sunday’s game..
1. Patrick Kane, CHI…Kane scored a goal and was all over the place on Sunday night. He created chances for the ‘Hawks all night long and has had an impressive start to the season.
2. Corey Crawford, CHI…Crawford wasn’t tested very often but was up to the challenge when he was tested. He made 17 saves on 17 shots to earn the shutout.
“Our guys played a great game overall and it’s a solid road win for us. It seems like we didn’t make any mistakes out there,” he said.
3. Marcus Kruger, CHI… Kruger scored the game-winning goal by scoring the first goal of the game for Chicago.