CSN Chicago Blackhawks Pre/Postgame analyst Steve Konroyd gives his three keys to a Blackhawks' victory in Thursday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.
1: Puck management is a key:
The Blackhawks play their best hockey when they manage the puck well. This was not the case against Colorado when they turned over the puck on Avs first three goals. You can’t generate a scoring chance every time you have the puck, but you can put it in an area where it is not going to hurt you and that means making safe plays. Treat the puck like it’s a $100 bill, and you won’t be giving it away so easily.
2: Little things equal the big things:
The Hawks have a lot of talent that scores plenty of goals. But it’s not pretty, complicated plays that gets them their chances and wins games. It’s getting pucks deep when they have the chance to. It’s blocking a shot when you see a guy winding up. It’s making tape-to-tape, flat passes when they are moving the puck. It’s about communicating when you’re on the ice. It’s going short and hard, and getting back to the bench for the next five some minutes. It’s not a magical formula, it’s just doing all of those thankless, little things that add up to winning hockey.
3: Feed Kane:
Patrick Kane has a pretty good point streak going. He's got four goals and seven assists in his last eight games. He also has a knack for scoring against Winnipeg. He has lit the lamp five times in his last seven games against the Jets. With Marian Hossa expected to play, Kane should be reunited with Brandon Saad and Brandon Pirri, and these guys have shown some chemistry when playing in the past. Watch for Kaner on the power play, an area where the Hawks haven’t scored in three games.