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ten observations: Alex Stalock shines once again as Blackhawks beat Predators


Mar 17, 2023

The Blackhawks held on to beat the Nashville Predators two-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

Right here are 10 observations from the win:

1. Going into Thursday, the Predators had been 13–three in their final 16 games against Chicago. The Blackhawks ultimately beat the Predators in regulation for the 1st time considering that Dec. 18, 2018, which was a two-1 win at the United Center. Go figure.

two. Alex Stalock had a bit of a shaky start off but settled down immediately after the 1st period, despite the fact that it did not come without the need of a couple of hold-your-breath moments, which I will get to in the subsequent bullet point. His most vital quit of the evening came on Philip Tomasino, who had a breakaway in the 1st period of a – game but Stalock produced the save — he had to appear back to make positive it did not slip previous him. Stalock stopped 35 of 36 shots for a save percentage of .972. His shutout bid was broken with 23.six seconds left in regulation. Ouch.

three. The Predators had been awarded a penalty shot in the second period immediately after Stalock threw his stick at Rasmus Asplund, but they could not capitalize on their try. Matt Duchene mishandled the puck and Stalock produced the simple save. It was the third straight game Stalock faced a penalty shot immediately after carrying out so against Boston on Tuesday when he denied David Pastrnak and Detroit final week when he stopped Dylan Larkin. A challenging missed chance for the Predators.

four. The line of Joey Anderson, Boris Katchouk and Jujhar Khaira was, by far, the most efficient trio for Chicago. When the 3 of them had been on the ice with each other at even strength, the Blackhawks led in shot attempts (19-eight) and scoring probabilities (9-three), per All-natural Stat Trick. When the other 3 lines had been on the ice, the Blackhawks trailed in shot attempts (37-16) and scoring probabilities (17-7). Oh, I forgot to mention, Anderson scored his third purpose in 5 games to place his group ahead two-, which was the icing on the cake. They earned that purpose.

five. The Blackhawks scored the 1st purpose for the sixth time in seven games. In 4 of the final six games, they’ve held two- leads. They’ve gotten off to some good begins lately, which was a massive struggle for them earlier in the season.

six. Lukas Reichel scored his third profession NHL purpose, and it will possibly be 1 of the weirder ones he scores at this level. He and Andreas Athanasiou had a two-on-1, and Reichel’s attempted pass to Athanasiou was broken up by Dante Fabbro, who ended up crashing into Juuse Saros. The puck then identified its way in mainly because the momentum carried it forward, and it occurred when the net came off its moorings. It counted mainly because the Predators knocked the net off themselves.

7. I believed the Caleb and Seth Jones pairing was strong. They led the group in ice time but once again, and the ice tilted in the Blackhawks’ favor when they had been out there.

eight. With Jonathan Toews nevertheless out, Max Domi traded, and Cole Guttman out for the season with a shoulder injury, the Blackhawks’ center depth has taken a big hit. The Blackhawks have been 1 of the greatest faceoff teams all season extended, but they have not been as powerful in that division as of late.

9. Even even though they had been sellers at the trade deadline, the Predators have caught fire the final couple of weeks. They are eight-three-1 more than their final 12 games and are only 4 points out of the final wildcard spot in the West with 3 games in hand. And they are carrying out it without the need of their major purpose scorer Filip Forsberg. Who would’ve believed? I never feel they will go pretty far if they get into the playoffs, but they are battling.

ten. The Blackhawks signed defenseman prospect Wyatt Kaiser to a 3-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday. He joined the group on the 5-game road trip but didn’t play in this game. They want him to get a couple of practices in 1st. He’s a fantastic all-about defenseman, and I am curious to see how his game will translate to the NHL level.

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