The first period wasn’t great. The second period provided a brief glimpse of hope before the wheels fell off and someone threw a lit match into the dumpster. Shots on goal were 31-17 in favor of the Jets after 40 minutes and Chicago was looking up at five goals against and a three-goal deficit. Fast forward 20 more minutes of game time and the Blackhawks had a five-goal differential on the board at the end of regulation.
Star 1: Kyle Davidson’s Draft Odds
I’ll be totally honest with you… I almost made the three stars tonight Connor Bedard, Matvei Michkov and Adam Fantilli because the only positive in this game was the Blackhawks’ continued sprint to the bottom of the standings/top of the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery odds. Tonight’s loss drops the Blackhawks to 2-8-2 in November with one more game — a late night affair Wednesday against the Edmonton Oilers — left before the calendar flips to December.
Star 2: Philipp Kurashev
Kurashev has been one of the Blackhawks’ better forwards for a couple weeks now and he’s finally starting to pick up points for the effort. After starting November with six pointless games, Kurashev has a point in four of his last six and added two assists on Sunday night against the Jets. He’s up to one goal and four assists this month and 11 points on the season.
Star 3: Trade Value
Jujhar Khaira scored a nice power play goal, his third of the year in his 18th appearance. He scored three in 27 games last season before injuries ended his campaign early. Him putting up numbers might make him an interesting option for teams in need of bottom-six help on a rental at a $975,000 hit.
It looked like Andreas Athanasiou scored his seventh goal of the season in the first period, a goal that would have given the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead (it was taken off the board because Max Domi accidentally kicked the puck out of the offensive zone as Patrick Kane entered, putting himself offside). He’s been skating well lately, so more quality scoring chances that he finishes is great for his value at the trade deadline.
- The turning point in the game felt like the Jones brothers both heading to the box to take what was a 2-1 Jets’ lead with the Blackhawks on the power play to a 3-1 Jets lead with the Blackhawks trying to kill off a 4- and then 5-on-3 power play because Seth and then Caleb took penalties nine second apart early in the second period. The Jets out-scored the Blackhawks 3-1 after Caleb went to the box almost seven minutes into the middle frame.
- Penalties have come at the absolute worst times for the Blackhawks. It has felt like every time they’re working on something in the right direction a mistake costs them dearly. And this was one more of those nights.
- The Blackhawks didn’t appear to have any kind of answer for Saku Maenalanen, who scored twice in the second period. He’s a big boy (listed at 6-4 and 207 pounds) and he pretty easily skated wherever he wanted on this night. The Blackhawks have had issues with big forwards lately and Maenalanen is the latest to enjoy a strong performance at Chicago’s expense.