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10 observations: Blackhawks fall to Coyotes, drop sixth straight

/ by Charlie Roumeliotis
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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The Blackhawks fell to the Arizona Coyotes 6-4 at Gila River Arena on Thursday for their sixth straight loss.

Here are 10 observations from the loss:

1. The Blackhawks rolled with 11 forwards and seven defensemen after Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Hagel and Sam Lafferty were placed in COVID-19 protocol right before the game.

2. The Coyotes picked up their first win of the season when leading after one period. They were 0-2-1 in the previous three instances.

3. At even strength, the Blackhawks had 19 shot attempts, 11 shots on goal, eight scoring chances and three high-danger chances in the second period, per Natural Stat Trick. The Coyotes had only five attempts, five shots on goal, three scoring chances and three high-danger chances.

4. The Blackhawks scored two goals on nine shots in the second period before the Coyotes could even record a shot on goal. But Chicago had four penalties and Arizona capitalized on one of them. The Coyotes scored multiple power-play goals in a game for just the third time all season. Another special teams battle that didn't go Chicago's way.

5. The Blackhawks took a little batting practice in Arizona. Kirby Dach scored Chicago's first goal after batting the puck out of mid-air and Alex DeBrincat scored the fourth goal off a skip, thanks to a mid-air pass from Dylan Strome. Incredible.

6. Johan Larsson had zero goals in his first 19 games of the season for Arizona. He scored three times against Chicago for his first career NHL hat trick.

 

7. Patrick Kane can't buy a goal. He's on a 10-game goal drought and nearly scored a power-play goal in the third period but his shot hit both posts. It happened four days after he hit the post on the same shift against Calgary. Kane finished with 13 shot attempts (four on goal).

8. Seth Jones recorded seven shots on goal, which is a new season-high. His previous high was six on Oct. 19 vs. the New York Islanders. He also made an incredible "save" in the third period by sweeping the puck away from the goal line.

9. The Blackhawks allowed a combined 26 scoring chances off the rush in their last two games against Calgary and Colorado, according to Sportlogiq. They gave up only three to the Coyotes, who rank dead-last in rush chances per game at 4.1.

10. Nicolas Beaudin did not log a single shift in the first period, took only one shift in the second period and one in the third period. He was added to the active roster from the taxi squad before the game.

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