Chicago Blackhawks 0-1-1 (1 point)
It's been a rough opening games for the defending Stanley Cup Champions. They've yet to win a game, even at home after their Stanley Cup banner was raised.
Early season injuries to Brian Campbell (knee) and Patrick Sharp (upper body) forced both players to sit out Saturday. Sharp is day-to-day while Campbell won't be back for another 4-5 weeks, a huge loss at the beginning of the season.
Watching both games I've noticed that the new young players and the returning players are not totally in sync yet, or, in other words, they don't have that team chemistry last year's team did.
Last year you could tell that the players knew each other's game style and where they were going to be on the ice. It's hard to say that about this year's team. This is only an early season problem and shouldn't be an issue later on in the season.
While you can never make the playoffs in October, however, you sure can limit the possibility of making it in October.
Early defensive woes have killed the Blackhawks, who let up 41 shots in game one, and let up some very weak goals Saturday night against Detroit. Nikals Hjalmarsson is a minus-4 after being on the ice for all seven goals. I am not sure yet if that's just bad luck or something else, but as the year progresses that should get better.
Marty Turco, after playing pretty well over the past two games, has yet to get his first win with his new team. While he has made some very spectacular saves, he has given up some goals you know he'd want a second chance on.
Turco doesn't seem to be making excuses, but with some injuries having an effect Turco needs to play a little better, and he seems to agree to that.
"It's disappointing not to give the fans what they deserve," Turco said. "Especially on a night like this, to give them a win against a division rival. It's pretty disappointing."
It's not all bad in Chicago. The fourth kine of Jake Dowell, Viktor Stalberg, and Jack Skille was the best line on the ice Saturday. Marian Hossa has played extremely well the first two games, scoring a goal and adding two assists. It's nice to see Hossa off to a great offensive start.
The Blackhawks start their first full week in the regular season. Games fall on Monday at Buffalo, Wednesday at home against Nashville, Friday at Columbus, and Sunday at home against the Sabres.
With two games played the Blackhawks are 13th in the Western Conference. They have a reasonable easy schedule this week so winning three out of four games this week is very possible.
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