10 observations: Blackhawks drop sixth straight following loss to Detroit

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

10 observations: Hawks drop sixth straight originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks fell to the Red Wings 6-3 at the United Center on Sunday for their sixth consecutive defeat to start the season.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. Patrick Kane was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Saturday and was not cleared to play. It's the first time he's missed a game since Oct. 31, 2018 when he was sidelined by an illness.

2. Jujhar Khaira, Riley Stillman and assistant coach Marc Crawford were also placed in COVID-19 protocol before the game and were not available. Masks were worn by the coaching staff on the bench, and all media availability before and after the game was conducted virtually.

3. The Blackhawks gave up the first goal for the sixth straight game. In five of those games, that goal has come within the first seven minutes. The only other team that hasn't scored first this season is the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, who are 2-2-1 and have yet to score a goal in the first period.

4. The Red Wings poured it on in the second period, where they outscored the Blackhawks 4-1 and scored three goals in a span of 4:57 at one point. It was another stretch where the Blackhawks couldn't weather the storm.

5. The Blackhawks have gone 360:57 straight minutes without holding a lead. It's the longest stretch a team has gone without leading in NHL history, breaking the previous record of 350:25 by Washington in 2000-01.

6. The Blackhawks allowed 29 scoring chances at even strength, according to Natural Stat Trick. They had given up 29 chances in their previous two games combined.

7. The Blackhawks committed six penalties, two of which were double minors. They were one of the least-penalized teams going into this game. The Blackhawks went 7-for-8 on the penalty kill.

8. Lucas Raymond, who was drafted by Detroit with the No. 4 overall pick in 2020, recorded his first career NHL hat trick in just his sixth game. And it won't be his last one. He's a special player.

9. One of the few highlights of the night for Chicago was Tyler Johnson's goal, which was his first as a Blackhawk. It was an incredible individual effort to even get the shot off.

10. The Blackhawks announced a paid attendance of 19,042 on Sunday. That officially ends the home sellout streak at 535 games. What a run.

Click here to subscribe to the Blackhawks Talk Podcast for free.


Download MyTeams Today!