It’s been quite a farewell tour for the old Joe Louis Arena, as this is the last season that the Red Wings will be calling it home before moving to Little Caesars Arena. This time around, it was the Blackhawks who came to Detroit to say goodbye, but it was not the send-off the Hawks wanted.
The word that came to mind as I watched this game was “limp”. Not in the sense of hobbling around on an injured leg, but lifeless and lethargic. At least in the game against the Anaheim Ducks, there was an effort made. This time, the mood from the Blackhawks was “¯\_(ツ)_/¯”.
There were a few bright spots to liven up this horrid trash fire. The first came when Patrick Kane made a gorgeous backhand pass to linemate Artemi Panarin, who shot past Jimmy Howard to give the Blackhawks the only lead they had in the game. There was also Trevor van Riemsdyk, aka Travis, who scored a nice goal from the point in the second period. This was after his little incident in the first, where he fought Justin Abdelkader to avenge a nasty hit on Brian Campbell. Thankfully, this wasn’t like the Richard Panik-Ryan Getzlaf fight/Cornholio impression from Thursday.
Van Riemsdyk was also responsible for the only other Blackhawks goal of the night, a long shot from the point thanks to a pass from Marian Hossa.
Overall, though, the play was abysmal. The only good thing about that was the penalty kill, which did its job, I guess. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that back-to-back games after a four day break made the Blackhawks a dull team. They need to get their act together, because they’re in the home stretch before playoffs.
And don’t be fooled by the early game on Sunday. It’s against the Minnesota Wild, who are three points ahead of the Blackhawks in the Central Division with a game in hand. We’ll either see the team that beat the Panthers on Friday or the team that lost to the Lightning on Thursday. Laugh now, because you’ll probably cry once the puck is dropped.
- Milestone alert: Tonight marked the 400th career game for Andrew Desjardins and the 900th game for Duncan Keith.
- Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson sat out tonight as healthy scratches after playing on Thursday. The reason? An abundance of caution. Joel Quenneville doesn’t want to overwork his shutdown defensemen who just came back from injury, and there are too many games crammed into a short time frame to take that chance. Everyone needs to be healthy for the playoffs.