DeBrincat's Deadly Shot, Toronto is Looking for Blue Line Help, Rumble in Rockford, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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DeBrincat’s Deadly Shot, Toronto is Looking for Blue Line Help, Rumble in Rockford, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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•   Alex DeBrincat leads the Blackhawks with 34 goals this season, and this year, he became just the 24th player since 1990 to score 150 or more goals in his first five seasons. The Cat has developed into the Blackhawks’ moth lethal scorer in his five seasons in Chicago, and it’s mainly due to his uniquely good shot. Ben Pope put together an excellent story with perspective on his shot from the defensemen that see it the most, his own. Pope picked the minds of Blackhawks defensemen who get a frequent look at his shot every day in practice, and it’s honestly the perfect place to start your Blackhawks reading today.

•   Jake McCabe had this to say about DeBrincat’s shot, comparing his to Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs: ‘‘He has a really good ability to release it in a lot of different ways, get a shot off quickly and also change the point of release,’’ Jake McCabe said. ‘‘A lot of the good goal-scorers around the league, they can change that point of release, [like] an Auston Matthews, who is always pulling it toward his feet and releasing it. ‘[Alex is] no different. He can change that way to find the shot lane for himself. He’s elite at getting his shot off, whether it’s a one-timer or a puck on his backhand to his forehand. He always finds a way to get a really good shot on net.’’

•   High praise being mentioned in the same breath as Auston Matthews, who is quite possibly the most prolific scoring threat in the NHL these days. 

•   Speaking of defenseman, it seems like the Toronto Maple Leafs can use some blue line help. Can we interest you in a Calvin de Haan?

•   Things got a little wild in Milwaukee last night when Kurtis Gabriel and Mathieu Olivier dropped the gloves during the first period of the Rockford IceHogs and Milwaukee Admirals game:

•   This one was a wild game all the way around, with the IceHogs erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period en route to a shootout victory over Milwaukee. Brett Connolly and Mike Hardman erased the deficit for Rockford, and Michal Teply won it in the shootout. 

•   As for Gabriel, he went to the locker room after the fight with Olivier to have that laceration under his left eye tended to by the training staff. Still, he would return at the start of the second period and “play some of his best hockey of the season,” according to Rockford interim head coach Anders Sorensen.

•   The Blackhawks are in Ottawa tonight to take on the Sens, and Derek King will start Marc-André Fleury in between the pipes. King didn’t have a lineup for reporters after the morning skate, but hopefully, we’ll have it when I get the Pre-Gamin’ post together in a few hours.

•   Have a wonderful Saturday, and let’s get two points tonight!

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.