With Tab riding the midnight express covering last night’s national broadcast of the Blackhawks and Oilers, I’m pinch-hitting with this morning’s bullets so he can grab a few extra winks and a strong coffee before he gets rolling this morning.
- If you braved the late night puck drop and stayed up to the end of the game last night, you were treated to a spirited comeback effort by the Blackhawks that included not one but two Max Domi goals, one of which was as beautiful as they come.
- With just over a minute remaining and the Blackhawks trailing by two goals, Patrick Kane made a gorgeous no-look pass to Max Domi who made a diving shot that beat Edmonton goaltender Stuart Skinner to make it 5-4 Oilers, where it would end.
- Here’s what Domi had to say after the game about Kane’s gorgeous pass: “He’s one of the best passers of all time, and in our league, so it doesn’t surprise me one bit.”
- Shortly before that goal, Domi and MacKenzie Entwistle scored 19 seconds apart to make it a one-goal game after the Blackhawks were seemingly dead in the water trailing the Oilers 4-1 with just over seven minutes to play.
- Domi’s two goals last night gives him seven on the season to go along with nine assists. Domi is second on the team in points with 16, just behind Patrick Kane who has 17 points (3 G, 14 A) in 22 games.
- With the Blackhawks losers of seven straight and the calendar turning to December today, trade conversations will pick up in the coming weeks. Max Domi having 16 points in 22 games makes him a pretty attractive trade candidate for teams looking for a second or third-line center for the playoffs.
- In fact, the Blackhawks top three scorers are all solid candidates right now with Kane leading the pack, followed by Domi, with Toews behind them at 13 points (8 G, 5 A).
- Before we talk about another potential trade conversation, the postgame locker room session brought light to the fact that Tyler Johnson, who was thought to be on the verge of a return in recent weeks, was seen back in a walking boot. Tab spotted Johnson on the ice in skates before practice as recently as Tuesday:
- Seeing Johnson back in a walking boot, which presumably pushes back his timeline for a return, really stinks. I wrote about Johnson’s excitement for a full and healthy offseason during training camp. The veteran forward opened the season playing pretty well, making it seem like he was in line for a rebound campaign after a down first year in Chicago.
- Here’s to hoping that Johnson — a pretty easy guy to root for — gets healthy and comes back strong this season.
- Alright, circling back to the potential trade market discussion, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, unfortunately, suffered a stroke on Monday. The Penguins announced that Letang is doing better and not experiencing any lasting effects from the stroke, but he will be sidelined indefinitely.
- While we hope for nothing but a speedy recovery for Letang, the Penguins may need a veteran defenseman that can replace Letang’s 20-plus minutes a night in the lineup. Kyle Davidson is probably (should be) wondering if the Penguins have any interest in Jack Johnson, a veteran defenseman skating 20 minutes a night for the Blackhawks with a brand new Stanley Cup Championship ring in his back pocket.
- As for what a Johnson trade might bring back to Chicago, I’m not sure, and it’s probably something that Pittsburgh will want to mull over a bit longer while they try to get clarity on Letang’s future, both in the immediate and long term. But it’s worth mentioning and keeping in mind.
- I’ll wrap this up by saying this; for as much good work as Danny Wirtz, Jamie Faulkner, and Kyle Davidson have done in the year since the Jenner & Block report rocked the image of one of the most prestigious franchises in hockey, they dropped the ball on the Eddie Olczyk thing, and they’ve made matters worse by not acknowledging his presence in the building not once, but twice this season.
- For whatever bad blood there is between the actors involved, Edzo is — and will always be — a beloved part of the history of this franchise, a local product, and an ambassador loyal to this organization for four decades through thick and thin. Not acknowledging him when he’s in the building is an embarrassing failure on the part of the front office.
- That’s it for today, but there is plenty to be checking out at BN this morning. Things are not going well in the trainer’s room at Halas Hall, and the season’s final few weeks might be equally painful to watch.
- We know it’s 👀 season around baseball, but the players are getting into it now!? Here’s the latest on the shortstop market:
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