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10 observations: Hawks win second straight

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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The Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday for their second straight victory.

Here are 10 observations from the win:

1. Seth Jones was pulled off the ice at morning skate and placed in COVID-19 protocol, so he didn't get an opportunity to face his former team for the first time since the offseason blockbuster trade. The Blackhawks don't play the Blue Jackets in Columbus again this season, which means his welcome back moment won't come until the 2022-23 campaign.

2. The Blackhawks did not record a shot on goal until the 8:05 mark of the first period, and Boone Jenner opened the scoring for Columbus. It's the eighth time in nine games Chicago has given up the first goal. Gotta change that.

3. Alex DeBrincat responded to Jenner's goal just 24 seconds later for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season; he also added an empty-netter and is now on pace for 52, which would be a new career-high. Since Jan. 1, 2021, only Auston Matthews (63) and Leon Draisaitl (57) have more goals than DeBrincat (55). He's right there with the best of the best.

4. The Blackhawks gave up only one high-danger chance in all situations through two periods, according to Natural Stat Trick. They gave up four in the third period. Still, a much better effort protecting the house.

5. With Jake McCabe and Seth Jones in COVID-19 protocol, Jakub Galvas made his NHL debut and the Blackhawks weren't shy about giving him heavy responsibility. He quarterbacked the top power-play unit, played on the second penalty-kill unit and logged 23:41 of ice time, which ranked second on the team.

6. Calvin de Haan, who had zero points in his first 26 games, scored his first goal of the season and has three points in the six games since the calendar flipped to 2022. Connor Murphy also found the back of the net for the third time this season. The Blackhawks have four goals from their defenseman over the last three games; they had only eight in the first 33.

7. The Blackhawks finished with only 33 shot attempts. That was tied for their fewest in a game this season (Nov. 17 at Seattle).

8. Adam Boqvist wasn't very noticeable in his first game against the Blackhawks. He had three shot attempts (two on goal) and one blocked shot in 20:12 of ice time. He's having a great season in Columbus, where he's put up seven goals and seven assists in 24 games. He's on pace to flirt with 50 points.

9. Dylan Strome won eight of 12 faceoffs for a win percentage of 66.7. He's now won 36 of 54 draws over his last five games for a win percentage of 66.7. Yeah, that'll work.

10. An interesting secondary storyline: Cole Sillinger was drafted by Columbus with the No. 12 overall pick that was originally Chicago's, and he made the team out of camp. He's the youngest player in the NHL at age 18 and has five goals and seven assists in 33 games. Also, the second-round pick the Blackhawks traded for Jones was flipped by Columbus to acquire defenseman Jake Bean, who has the second-most average time on ice on the Blue Jackets this season at 22:29.

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