Younger Toews trying to make his mark with Hawks

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Younger Toews trying to make his mark with Hawks

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011
Posted: 1:54 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks InsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
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David Toews wasnt about to give older brother Jonathan any credit.

The Blackhawks newest acquisition missed on a scoring chance on training camps opening day. Jonathan said he lifted his little brothers stick. David saw it different.

Im not giving him credit for getting a stick on me, said David, who did score during Sundays scrimmage at Johnnys Icehouse. It was my fault I bobbled the puck. I had a good chance there.

For the Toews brothers, this training camp is a chance to hang out -- David is staying with Jonathan -- and compete against each other on the ice. For David, its a chance to find his niche somewhere in the organization; and to make his mark as himself, not Jonathan Toews younger brother.

Obviously there are going to be high expectations, David said. There was a loud cheer going out there (on Saturday) and I didnt make the shot I wanted to. I just have to come back out and work harder and adjust what I can be better at.

David Toews played with the Brandon Wheat Kings last season, tallying 20 goals -- including nine on the power play -- and 28 assists. His arrival here was met with plenty of excitement, given the last name. But general manager Stan Bowman said Friday that David needs to be judged on his own merit.

He has the same last name but its not really fair to make comparisons Bowman said. Hes here to earn a job. Hes still young, still in that group of players; we have a lot in that age category trying to establish themselves in that process.

Jonathan is enjoying the time with David, including their on-ice competitions.

We hardly see each other in the winter so maybe this is an opportunity where thatll change, Jonathan said. But its just good to have him here, I know hell get a good opportunity to show what he can do here.

Breaking into the Blackhawks lineup is certainly daunting this season, given how many veterans they added this summer. But David Toews will do what he can to find his place in the organization.

Its a different situation, a little tougher, but you have to be ready for whatever comes at you, David said. Im happy to be here but Im obviously here for business reasons, too. I want to have a good impression on the people watching.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Schmaltz-Toews-Panik.

There might not be a hotter line in hockey right now than the Blackhawks' trio of Nick Schmaltz, Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik. They combined for five goals and five assists — highlighted by a hat trick and five-point effort from Toews — in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Minnesota, and were hot before that. Toews has 21 points in his last 12 games. Schmaltz has seven points in his last six, while Panik has nine points in his past six. Is Joel Quenneville simply riding the hot hand or could this be a line that sticks together for a while even when they inevitably cool off?

2. Can power play get going again?

The Blackhawks are 0-for-8 on the power play in their last three games after converting on six of their previous 14 attempts. They went 2-for-4 during their last meeting, which resulted in a 4-3 victory. Arizona has allowed at least a power play goal in six of their last 10 games, including three of their last four, and owns a bottom-five penalty kill unit at 77.1 percent. If that area gets going for the Blackhawks, look out. 

3. Marian Hossa's recent success vs. Arizona.

Hossa has six goals and three assists in his last six games against the Coyotes dating back to 2014-15, recording at least a point in each of those games, and helping lead the Blackhawks to a 5-0-1 record. He's scored a goal in each of those last three, and will look to continue his success against an Arizona team whose 49 points ranked second-to-last in the NHL.

4. Martin Hanzal heating up as trade deadline nears.

The 30-year-old center has five goals in his last six contests, and will be a hot commodity over the next week as the March 1 trade deadline approaches. He could be an option for the Blackhawks if they want to bolster their center depth, but it's looking more and more unlikely as the asking price will be high and there will be many bidders. Expect a tweak more than a large addition.

5. Artemi Panarin quietly heating up.

Due to the emergence of Schmaltz-Toews-Panik that has been earning all the attention, Panarin is flying under the radar as of late. He has nine points in his last eight games that's gotten lost in the shuffle, and is tied for 16th in the league in scoring. He's only three points away from re-entering the top-10. And there's a chance he could have a big night. In five career games against Arizona, the 25-year-old Russian winger has two goals and six assists. That's an average of 1.60 points per game.

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