Should Kirby Dach see more ice time? What should the Blackhawks do with Erik Gustafsson? Has Robin Lehner separated himself in the goalie tandem?
Patrick Sharp and Charlie Roumeliotis join Pat Boyle to discuss that and much more on the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast. Plus, you'll hear Robin Lehner's postgame comments after the loss to the Golden Knights and why he thinks the Blackhawks are "really close" to putting it all together.
1:08 - Blackhawks come up with best defensive effort of the season
2:52 - Changes made to the power play units
4:14 - Evaluating Erik Gustafsson's play so far
6:04 - Who fills in after the Connor Murphy injury
7:49 - Patrick Sharp remembers Patrick Kane rookie season
9:08 - What does the future hold for Kirby Dach?
12:04 - Struggles of the Blackhawks' top-six
14:44 - Another strong performance by Robin Lehner
16:33 - Lehner's strong post-game comments after Vegas loss
20:07 - How to handle the goalie-split going forward
23:25 - Biggest thing the Blackhawks need to improve upon
Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.
Blackhawks Talk Podcast
The Blackhawks are expected to be without defenseman Connor Murphy for "a couple weeks" after he left in the second period of Tuesday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Vegas Golden Knights because of a groin injury, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after the game.
It's the same injury that sidelined Murphy for the season opener in Prague, which is unfortunate given his promotion to the top pairing with Duncan Keith has provided some stability on all three pairings.
"Obviously that's a blow for us," Colliton said. "It's an opportunity for other guys. We think we need to continue to build depth. That's what we're going to need. We can't just play with six D or seven D all year. You're going to need more than that. That'll be an opportunity for other guys to grow."
Slater Koekkoek is serving as the seventh defenseman right now and he's the likely candidate to slide into Murphy's spot in the lineup. But the Blackhawks might be inclined to make a call-up from Rockford as insurance.
Dennis Gilbert started the season with the Blackhawks because Murphy and Calvin de Haan were not cleared to play overseas, so he's a potential candidate to be brought back up.