No “experts” are picking the Chicago Blackhawks to win this series against the Detroit Red Wings. That being said, they should at least put up a fight in this series that already has them down 1-0. Most fans were saying in the Vancouver series that if they just steal one of the first two games on the road, that home ice advantage will be taken away from the Canucks. The same goes for the Red Wings. I didn’t panic when they lost the first game but I was a bit concerned.
The defense was spotty at times and Khabibulin was getting attacked all game. He was making some great saves but I had the feeling he was going to give up some goals because Detroit was attacking him constantly. If you are going to say Khabibulin sucked then you can say the defense sucked with him. Turnovers were another problem. It seemed like Detroit was captatalizing on every oppurtunity they had off of a turnover. Too many of those lead to too many problems especially against a team like the Red Wings.
In order for the Blackhawks to win this series, they need to obviously win game two. If not, then start packing for the off season. Second, turnovers need to be limited. The one that stuck out was the puck going off Brent Seabrook’s stick that lead to the first goal. Last but not least, play defense. They cannot rely on the offense scoring all the time like they did against Calgary and Vancouver with Kippursoff and Luongo being in net respectively. Chris Osgood is very good. He made some incredible saves throughout and I was surprised the Blackhawks scored two goals on him in game one.
Game two is Tuesday night.