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Patrick Kane Has 46 Points In 2019…

Patrick Kane had two assists in the Blackhawks loss to Buffalo Monday night, in which the two assists tallied his 45-46 points of JUST the 2019 campaign. Kane on the season has 56 assists(T-6th), 40 goals(3rd) and 96 points(2nd). To keep it simple, Kane has been unbelievable this season. Kane has been a major reason the Blackhawks turned around their season and for that split second we thought they could have been a playoff team.

Patrick Kane has played in 24 games in 2019, therefore he is producing at a 1.92 points per game, almost two points per game for 20+ games is almost unheard of. Let alone, 1.9 points per game for 20+ games is still unimaginable. Kane has not recorded a point in just four games since January 1st 2019. He went on that ridiculous 20-point streak that made him the first American player to do so. During his 20-point streak he had 18 goals and 26 assists.

Kane has collected more points in a 24-game span than some NHL players do in a full 82-game season. He has collected more goals and assists in a 20-game stretch then some NHL players do in a full season. Needless to say we can go on and on about Patrick Kane’s phenomenal 20-game point streak and current 46 points in 2019. But the more important question is there anyway we see this guy win the Ted Lindsay award?

Patrick Kane’s Case For The Hart Memorial Trophy

As many of you are aware, Patrick Kane is one if not the best U.S. born hockey player. He continues to tear the NHL apart year after year and as of now is on a 18-game point streak, totaling 40 points over this 18-point streak. Kane has 36 goals and 90 points in 59 games this season. Aside from his close to record setting point streak, close to 40-goal mark and on pace for 123 points this season. Kane has made Alex Debrincat a 30-goal scorer, Dylan Strome resurge his career and has helped Jonathan Toews get back his game this season. Along with rejuvenating the Blackhawks season in recent weeks and pushing them into playoff contention.

The Hart is a trophy that is awarded to the most valuable player to their team. I definitely can see why some people reading his may say Nikita Kucherov is the sure Hart Memorial Trophy winner this season. But I am here to disagree and would like to hear others view points. Kucherov is without a doubt one of the bets players in the NHL he has 29 goals, 70 assists and 99 points in 60 games this season on pace for well over 120 points, 90 assists and 40 goals but Kucherov does have a lot more help around him. Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos are pretty much pure goal scorers dishing them the puck for one-timers or dishing it off and letting them do the shooting is not always the hardest.

Take a look at what Kucherov did Monday night vs Columbus, aside from his second goal that was a very nice move under the defense’s stick for a tuck under the sprawling goaltender. Kucherov’s assist to Stamkos I think anyone in the NHL can make, same with Brayden Point’s goal, he stood there and made a one-touch pass to a streaking Point. I am not discrediting Kucherov. He puts himself in these positions he has a knack for scoring and unreal vision that allows him to anticipates plays and be one-step ahead of everyone else. Yeah, sure, most of his goals and assists are unreal but for example the power play assists one touch passing it to Hedman or Stamkos is not some kind of superstar caliber play.

With that said, Kane is hands down the Blackhawks most valuable player and most valuable player to HIS team this season. Kane creates so much open space, opens up the ice for everyone, draws 2-3 players to him 5 on 5, on the power play and is hands down the best passer in the NHL. His deception with the puck on the power play or even 5 on 5 is like no other. Along with his shooting ability, to stick handle 2-3 times, make it look like he is going to pass and quickly shoot low glove or blocker has beaten almost every NHL goaltender this season.

Kane is second in points with 90, nine behind Kucherov. 2nd in goals with 36, seven ahead of Kucherov. Tied 2nd in assists with 54, sixteen behind Kucherov. Second in the NHL in points per game (1.53) 0.12 behind Kucherov. Kane has 9 power play goals, making that twenty-seven 5-on-5 goals. Kucherov has 11 power play goals, leaving him with eighteen 5-on-5 goals. Kane leads Kucherov by nine 5-on-5 goals. Kane has 29 power play points compared to Kucherov’s 39 power play points. Therefore Kane has 61 even strength points, Kucherov has 60 even strength points. The two are tied with five game-winning goals. Kane has 240 shots compared to Kucherov’s 168 shots. Kane has a 15.0 percent shooting percentage compared to Kucherov’s 17.3 percent. Meanwhile Kane has shot the puck 72 times more than Kucherov there shooting percentage only varies by 2.3 percent. Kane is averaging 22:16 minutes per game vs Kucherov’s 19:30 minutes. Some would say Kane should be more productive with that much ice time but as a forward 22 minutes is nearly unheard of, Kane is one of the four NHL forwards who plays 22+ minutes a game. The Lightning have two other players within the top-10 in points the next Blackhawk among the “top” point scorers is Alex Debrincat with 60 points (T-30). Lightning’s Point (78) and Stamkos (72) the difference from Kucherov to the next point scorer is 21 and 27. While Kane to Debrincat the difference is 30 points. The next in line after Debrincat is Jonathan Toews with also 60 points.

Look I am not saying Kucherov is only good because of Stamkos and Point do not twist my words people or put words in my mouth. The guy is a generational talent and one of the best goal-scoring play-making forwards in the NHL but when it comes to the Hart Memorial, Patrick Kane needs to be a BIG candidate. Kane has been in the league for 11 years and when he has played 80+ games in a season he has produced 70+ points in five of those six seasons. He is a 7-time 20+ goal scorer, 4-time 30+ goal scorer and one of the most consistent and top difference makers in the league. At least give the conversation some thought!

Jordan Binnington And Dylan Strome Earn NHL Stars Of The Week

The NHL releases three stars of every week and this week it happened to consist of two “unlikely” names per say. The first star was Jordan Binnington the rookie sensation in St. Louis who has surged the St. Louis Blues to a seven-game win streak and a wild card spot. Star number three was Dylan Strome the Chicago Blackhawks center, who was sent to Chicago from Arizona for Nick Schmaltz.

Binnington earns 1st star of the week 

The reason this is being reported is because it is awesome news for these two guys. First off Jordan Binnington was drafted in 2011 3rd round, 87th overall never made his way up the NHL ladder and from 2011-2018 until he was called up he spent all of his time (besides one year when he played in ECHL for the Kalamazoo in 2013-14) in the AHL, emerging as a starter in 2014-15 in the AHL and at 26-years-old Binnington finally got his shot in the NHL this season when the Blues needed some resurgence at the goaltending spot.

Binnington has started in 11 games this season with a record of 9-1-1, a 1.77 goals against (GAA), .929 save percentage and 2 shutouts in his time so far. In his last five games he has five wins, most notable win coming in shutout fashion vs the best team in the NHL (Tampa Bay), allowing seven goals in those five games. All the talk about Carter Hart and his resurrection of Philadelphia is over shadowing what this kid Binnington has done for the Blues.

Strome earns third star of the week

Dylan Strome another young player who has had his fair share of difficult stretches finally gets a chance in Chicago and has been lights out since coming to Chicago. It doesn’t hurt playing the power play with Patrick Kane and some 5 on 5 time with Kane, Jonathan Toews and Alex Debrincat, nevertheless Strome has been a major reason the Blackhawks are back in playoff contention. Since his arrival to Chicago Strome has recorded 11 goals and 19 assists, 30 points in 32 games. During his 32 games in Chicago the longest Strome has gone without a point has been three-games so far. The kid has been on fire and earned himself third star of the week (this week) recording 2 goals and 5 assists in three games.

Strome was drafted in 2015 1st round 3rd overall by the Coyotes after playing the 2015-16 season in the OHL recording 111 points in 56 games (37G, 74A) Strome headed to the NHL in 2016-17 where he only played seven games. In 2017-18 he played 50 games in the AHL and 21 games in the NHL recording 9 points that year. At the start of this season the Coyotes expected him to be a number two, borderline number three center, Strome played 20 games with Arizona recording 6 points and -10 rating before being shipped out to Chicago. The Coyotes essentially gave up on Strome after just 48 games. They did receive Nick Schmaltz in return but it was still a very questionable decision by Arizona and Strome is surely making them regret it now as he continues to roll in Chicago.

The Wild Card Race In The Western Conference Is A Joke

I tried to make this sound as polite as possible but what a disaster this Western Conference wild card race has been. It goes to show one of the many reasons that the last three Stanley Cup winners has come from the Eastern Conference but also this could mean that maybe these teams a top the Western Conference are not that good. But back to the main point of this article.

How can a conference have a wild card race like this, a team that is basically below .500 is in the run for the wild card right now. A team that was once 16 points out of a spot is in the run for a wild card and in the last wild card spot (Blues). I am just completely blown away by the fact that at this point in the season, 52 games in 63 percent of the season played we still have no idea what is going to happen in the Western Conference wild card.

The current wild card layout is as follows: 

Minnesota Wild (26-23-5) 57 points (1st wild card spot)

St. Louis Blues (25-22-5) 55 points (2nd wild card spot)

Vancouver Canucks (24-24-7) 55 points

Colorado Avalanche (22-22-9) 53 points

Edmonton Oilers (24-25-5) 53 points

Chicago Blackhawks (22-24-9) 53 points

The fact the Edmonton Oilers are two points out of a wild card spot is embarrassing, they have won 6 of their last 15 games a record of 6-9 in the last 15 makes you a playoff team I guess now.

The Canucks who have won 4 of their last 14 games, a 4-10 record is a playoff contending team. Just looking at this race it is a complete disaster, any team can squeak in at this point so if you are a gambling man just throw money on all six teams to make the playoffs you’ll probably walk away with some money at this point. Not to mention the Ducks who have won TWO games in their last seven and a half weeks and have been outscored 31-6 are four points out of a wild card spot. Argument closed.

The reason this race for the wild card in the West irks me a little is because any of these teams that get into the first round are going to get bounced in four to five games. Which honestly just kills NHL viewership, ratings and the growth of the game in a sense. If you are not a die hard NHL fan there is not a chance in h double hockey sticks you are watching a Blues-Flames playoff matchup.

Can anyone else shed some light here? MY prediction is that the Canucks and Blues sneak into the playoffs. Or should I say those are the two teams I would like to see make it.

Blackhawks send Nick Schmaltz to Arizona for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini

This was a late night deal that occured around 11:30 PM (EST) between the Coyotes and Blackhawks. Which certainly woke people up out of their sound sleep or probably was the last thing we all saw before our head hit the pillow Sunday night. This trade leaves us all a little confused. What was the objective of this trade?

Dylan Strome the Coyotes 2015 1st round third overall was quickly shipped out of Arizona only playing 48 total games with the Coyotes in the 2.5 years he was called up and down. The Coyotes may have moved on too quickly from the potential top-six forward but, Coyotes General Manager John Chayka said following the trade “There is a difference between patience and hope. The latter is not a way to build your organization”.

We can all agree this is hinted at Strome, Chayka clearly felt that there was hope for Strome to be good and they felt it was time to stop being patient with the player and move on from him.

They also part ways with 2014 1st round 12th overall pick Brendan Perlini. Perlini played 153 games with the Coyotes tallying 33 goals and 24 assists for 57 points. Perlini’s best season came last year where he tallied 30 points in 74 games. Perlini was another player not developing as quickly as the Coyotes would have liked.

With that acquire another 22 year old forward, Nick Schmaltz the Blackhawks 2014 1st round 20th overall pick. Schmaltz has played 162 games in the NHL scoring 29 goals and 91 points. He is coming off a 50 point season and 20 goal year. Yet on the year Schmaltz only has 2 goals and 9 assists in 23 games. 

Who won the trade? 

I think both make out well. The Blackhawks needed some depth it would have been nice to get a defenseman for the Blackhawks but with Strome and Perlini it makes the Blackhawks a bit deeper on the front end. The Coyotes now slate Schmaltz with his old teammate in Chicago Vinnie Hinostroza who has been buzzing this season. Plus Alex Galchenyuk, this is a solid second line and now the Coyotes have two very competitive lines that can score vs 1.5 lines that can score. In addition to the third line of Michael Grabner Brad Richardson and Christian Fischer, the Coyotes have a lot more depth now and balance in their line up. Either way more so better for the Coyotes right now could be better for Blackhawks long term. 

NHL: Where will Joel Quenneville land next?

It still comes as a major shock to me that Joel Quenneville was released a few days ago, the second winningest coach in NHL history just released of his duties cause the team is struggling.

As the days go on and the story unfolds a little more it seems obvious as to why Quenneville was released though. It was for one reason and one reason only. Stan Bowman knew he has been doing a terrible job in Chicago recently, Quenneville and Bowman were already on uneasy terms and if the destruction continued in Chicago Bowman was probably on his way out. Yet there is a few people higher than Quenneville in Chicago and one of them is Bowman. Bowman did to Quenneville what he knew was soon to be happening to him so before Quenneville even had a chance to talk to higher ups about this, Bowman cut the ties to save his job.

Where did it all go wrong for Chicago, lets take you down a chronological sequence of events dating back to 2013 to now. The 5-year reign of terror in Chicago caused by Stan Bowman and company.

2012-2013: Chicago Blackhawks go onto win their 2nd Stanley Cup in three years. 

2013-14: 46-21-15; eliminated in Conference finals to Kings in 7 games. 

Blackhawks acquire Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard for a 4th round pick. 

Blackhawks trade Brandon Pirri for two draft picks. 

Blackhawks trade Brandon Bollig to Calgary for a 3rd round pick. 

Blackhawks trade Nick Leddy to Islanders for Kent Simpson, T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka and Anders Nilsson 

The Blackhawks shipped Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for 3rd and 5th round pick (John Hayden and Luke Johnson) 

Dave Bolland shipped out to Toronto for three draft picks. (2nd round and two 4th rounds).

Daniel Carcillo traded to Los Angeles Kings

Blackhawks acquire Kris Versteeg and Phillippe Lefebvre from Florida. 

2014-15: Blackhawks win third Stanley Cup in four years.

Blackhawks trade Adam Clendening for Gustav Froslig.

Blackhawks trade a 2nd (2015) and 4th (2016) round picks for Kimmo Timonen

Blackhawks acquire Antoine Vermette for Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 1st round pick. 

 Blackhawks acquire Ben Smith and a 7th round pick for Andrew Desjardins. 

Blackhawks trade Antti Raanta for Ryan Haggerty.*** (the downfall begins)

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta for Mark Dano, Artem Anisimov, Corey Tropp, Jeremy Morin and a 2016 4th round pick to Columbus.

Blackhawks acquire Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt for Patrick Sharp and Stephen Johns

Blackhawks acquire Dennis Robertson and Jake Massie, 5th round pick for Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom, 2017 3rd round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire Rob Scuderi for Trevor Daley 

2015-16: 47-26-9; eliminated first round in 7 games by St. Louis Blues 

Blackhawks acquire Richard Panik for Jermey Morin from Toronto. 

Blackhawks acquire Jiri Sekac from Anaheim for Ryan Garbutt. 

Blackhawks acquire Andrew Ladd, Jay Harrison, Matt Fraser for Mark Dano, 2016 1st round pick, 2018 Conditional 3rd round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire Christian Ehrhoff for Rob Scuderi. 

Blackhawks acquire Dale Weise, Tomas Fleischmann for Philip Danault, 2018 2nd round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire Tim Jackman, 7th round pick for Corey Tropp. 

Blackhawks acquire 2017 2nd and 3rd round pick for Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen. (strike one)

Blackhawks acquire two 2016 2nd round picks for Andrew Shaw. 

2016-17: 50-23-9; lost in 1st round to Nashville Predators. 

Blackhawks acquire Johnny Oduya for Mark McNeill and 4th round pick. 

Blackhawks acquire 2017 3rd round pick for Scott Darling. 

Blackhawks acquire Laurent Dauphin and Connor Murphy for Niklas Hjalmarsson (strike two)

Blackhawks acquire Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, 2018 5th round pick for Artem Panarin, Tyler Motte, 2017 6th round pick (strike three). 

Blackhawks acquire future considerations for Marcus Kruger. 

Blackhawks acquire Anthony Duclair, Adam Clendening for Laurent Dauphin and Richard Panik. 

Blackhawks acquire 2018 3rd round pick for Michael Kempny. 

Blackhawks acquire Victor Ejdsell, 2018 1st round, 4th round for Ryan Hartman and 2018 5th round. 

Blackhawks trade Vinnie Hinnostroza, Jordan Osterle, Marian Hossa and 2019 3rd round pick for Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, Andrew Campbell and a 2019 5th round pick. 

This all makes sense now right? Quenneville does not decide these deals, he may play a minor role in them but there is ultimately no say for the head coach in trades. This was all Bowman and his team just completely ruining the Blackhawks core, making the Blackhawks a non-playoff team and turning them into a struggling club. The players were not happy with the firing and now Bowman has all the eyes on him. Everyone knows why this went down. Bowman traded, Panarin, Raanta, Hjalmarsson, Hartman, Hinnostroza, Kempny, Teravainen for basically nothing!

Where will Quenneville end up? 

Well, I don’t think he jumps into a role just yet. He takes this season off the Blackhawks still owe him two-years left of his contract. But I think we see Quenneville in a coaching position for the 2019-2020 year. He can end up literally anywhere, any NHL team can use his services. Who may benefit most from him, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, just to name a few off the top of my head. Where I see him going is Philadelphia, the Flyers make it pretty clear they do not like Hextall’s judgement calls, coaching style or systems, this seems like a great fit for Quenneville. Already established core, veteran players, top scorer in the league, youth on the rise. This could be a perfect match for Quenneville for Philly plus Flyers fans and the city of Philadelphia would welcome Quenneville with open arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Blackhawks fire Joel Quenneville

Holy shit! Good morning to ya on this Tuesday, what the hell just happened in Chicago? Need more details than this, why was Quenneville fired? The 22-year tenured head coach and Blackhawks head coach for the last 11 years gets the boot. Quenneville has coached the Blackhawks for 797 games posting a 452-259-96 record accumulating 1000 points total. Quenneville has won three Stanley Cups in Chicago and has been one of the more storied coaches in the NHL.

How big of a mistake was this for Chicago?

HUGE, what good is this going to do to a team that is already young, struggling and transitioning into a new identity in the league. Quenneville has been with this core for nearly 11 years and now they are to bring in a new face that is going to shake things up and make the Blackhawks a playoff team? Doubtful if Quenneville could not get this team and this roster to the playoffs, highly unlikely Jeremy Colliton does a better job.

What was this decision caused from? 

Well, a lot of speculation came around Stan Bowman and the hockey operations team in Chicago that they had some tension with Quenneville. Nothing is sure, but Bowman has made some questionable roster decisions lately. Moving Artem Panarin, moving Richard Panik for Anthony Duclair last season which resulted in Duclair and both Panik leaving the team this season. Moving Ryan Hartman last season for near to nothing, moving Trevor Van Reimsydk as well as Vinnie Hinostroza last season, moving Michael Kempny last season, Scott Darling, Teuvo Teravainen, Andrew Ladd. Some questionable draft picks over the last five-years. It seems this move was a move from higher ups to blame and point fingers for all their terrible decisions and Quenneville was the guy to blame and the easy out in all this. Therefore Bowman pointed the fingers at Quenneville and used him as the fall out guy to Blackhawks struggles lately.