Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Blue Jackets

Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Blue Jackets
April 4, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Keep getting to the greasy areas in Columbus — Without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in your line up, scoring becomes a little more difficult. We've seen that as the Blackhawks have scored just 13 goals in seven games without No. 88. Simplifying your game and getting to the front of the net are the constant refrains coming out of the Hawks dressing room, and last night it worked out well. Both goals were scored in front of the net and on rebounds, with both Ben Smith and Bryan Bickell connecting. Pay the price and you just might score a goal.

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2. Solve Bobrovsky... again — Sergei Bobrovsky is an elite goaltender. He is coming off a shutout last night in Philadelphia, a team for whom he once played. In his last 32 starts, he has a save percentage of .932 and a goals against average of just over 2. The last time Bobrovsky faced the Blackhawks he was chased after 32 minutes of play with four goals coming on 18 shots. Hopefully they’re in his head, and they’ll get Bobrovsky off his game again.

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3. Keep the streak alive at Nationwide — In today’s salary-capped era, any team can be beaten by any other team in the NHL. That being said, Blackhawks own the Blue Jackets at Nationwide arena. The last eight times they have visited the Buckeye state, they have come out with victories. They have gotten great starts and stellar goaltending from their netminders. This will be a tough one as Columbus is clinging onto a wild card spot, with the possibility of catching Philadelphia for third in the Metropolitan Division. This game means a lot to the Jackets.