The Blackhawks (7-15) have their second game in a row with another afternoon tilt, this time with the Minnesota Wild (7-10-4). Puck drop is at 1pm.
The big news? Per the Athletic’s Scott Powers, Lukas Reichel is a scratch for today’s game.
Previously on Blackhawks Hockey:
A second consecutive loss and a second consecutive game where the Blackhawks only mustered a single goal during their 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Another stat that should concern: its’ their 12th consecutive game they’ve given up three or more goals.
Extend it out a bit more: they’ve only given up less than three goals–three times this season. So how will they stack up against a Wild team who are 2-0 under new head coach John Hynes.
And now, a bit on the Wild
A lackluster 19 games opened the door for Hynes to be hired, and so far so good. The Wild were banking on being a playoff team again but they’ve looked anything but that. They’re looking for their third straight with Hynes on the bench.
How to Watch and Listen
Those hoping the Blackhawks would tank are getting their wish–the Hawks are currently tied for the lowest point total in the conference–and the league. The last couple games have been tough ones to watch as Chicago has struggled to score goals and generate much of anything.
Best Case/Worst Case/Final Verdict
Best Case – They get a couple goals early on, building some momentum.
Worst Case – The Wild are able to do what Detroit and Winnipeg were able to do–which is shut the Blackhawks down offensively and keeping them outside of consistent, high danger chances
Final Verdict – We’re already approaching the part of the season where fans are asking what they’re rooting for. To be honest, the depth just isn’t there for sustained success, and that’s part of the plan. But Connor Bedard taking a hard hit yesterday reminded that he’s a top target now for every team. Blackhawks fans likely held their collective breath as Bedard winced and made his way haunched over a bit to the bench. He’d return, and play–but without him, it would try even the most ardent fan’s patience to watch.
As for Reichel, we’ll see how this develops and whether it’s a one off, continues, or ends up with a trip back to Rockford.