The Blackhawks weren’t proud of their effort in Tuesday’s 3-2 additional time loss to the Nashville Predators. They felt higher about their efficiency on Wednesday however nonetheless discovered themselves on the dropping finish, falling 2-1 in a shootout.
The excellent news is, the Blackhawks had been capable of choose up no less than a degree for the fifth straight sport, which is actually notable in a 56-game dash of a season. The unhealthy information is, the Blackhawks have misplaced three of these 5 video games in additional time or a shootout and would like to show these into wins, particularly since every sport is towards a divisional opponent.
However there have been two positives that should not get neglected in Wednesday’s loss: Brandon Hagel and Kevin Lankinen every had the perfect sport of their younger NHL careers.
Lankinen turned apart 41 of 42 pictures for a save proportion of .976 and has given up solely 4 5-on-5 objectives in 4 begins this season. He picked up precisely the place he left off over the weekend and continues to impress.
“I’ve been making ready for this chance for a very long time,” Lankinen stated. “I have been working extraordinarily laborious all through my profession to get an opportunity to play within the NHL. I’ve been prepared, I’ve simply been ready for the precise likelihood. I really feel good on the market. I’m simply joyful to get higher each day and each single expertise is a brand new one and I’m going to get higher each single night time.”
Lankinen was requested whether or not he is stunned about his scorching begin and confidently admitted “I do not assume so.” Head coach Jeremy Colliton endorses that perception.
“He does have a quiet confidence about him and he’s not stunned,” Colliton stated. “He’s telling the reality there, and that’s nice. You like the little little bit of swagger that he has. It’ll switch to the group.”
Hagel, then again, was one of many beneficiaries of the Blackhawks rolling with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen on Wednesday. He logged a career-high 15:50 of ice time, recorded his first profession NHL help, and had eight managed exits, based on Sportlogiq, which ranked second-best on the group; solely Patrick Kane (12) had extra.
“I believe it’s going fairly effectively clearly however I’m simply taking it sport by sport,” Hagel stated of his development. “I do know I’ve simply acquired to be good each single night time and I don’t wish to fear about long run or what’s subsequent or what is going on to occur in per week or if I’m within the lineup tomorrow or the following sport or the following sport.
“It’s good to get slightly rhythm taking part in 4 or 5 straight, no matter it’s, however thus far I believe I’m simply bringing it each night time and that’s what I must do to be good.”
Hagel spent most of his even-strength minutes on the fourth line with Ryan Carpenter and David Kampf, however he was additionally rewarded by leaping into the top-six at totally different occasions as effectively. He performed a number of shifts with Patrick Kane and Dylan Strome individually and positively did not look misplaced.
“He’s certain taking part in effectively and it’s thrilling,” Colliton stated. “He is a second-year professional right here and he is actually taken maintain of the chance and does plenty of stuff you like, simply stress on the puck, nice forechecker, forces turnovers. He’s relentless. He’s completed plenty of good issues with the puck, too. He is skated it from D-zone, entered clear, made some performs. He made an actual good play on the aim. And there’s extra there.”
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