The shot totals are everywhere from strong to tremendous. The Chicago Blackhawks are recording everywhere from 28 to 40 shots per game that last total coming against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. But for all those shots the goals haven’t been as plentiful. Yes the Blackhawks are winning heading into this week’s games with a 3-1-1 mark. But even those victories have been hair-raising because instead of having a decent lead the Blackhawks have been holding onto one-goal leads for dear life. Close games are a part of the NHL and they’re certainly not anomalies for the Blackhawks. But with as many shots they’re generating the Blackhawks would like to land a few more to give themselves some breathing room. They’re sixth in the league in shots per game with 33.8 11th overall in goals per game (3.0). “It’d be nice to score that third goal” Patrick Kane said after the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. “Sometimes we may think about that too much and we start thinking too much on the offensive side and give up chances defensively. We had some chances to make it 3-1 but we didn’t get them through. Hopefully they’ll come as the season goes on.” Coach Joel Quenneville is fine with the high amount of shots. Cleaning up on some of them would be nice. “Generating of quality and quantity is exactly what we want. Finish and what it takes to score maybe we need to be greasier around the net and put it in the back” he said on Saturday. “We missed the net — which is our biggest problem scoring goals — and second chances.” The Blackhawks have enough offensive weapons that this will work itself out. It did last season.
Blackhawks look for breathing room after one-goal games
CSN Chicago | Oct 14