Blackhawks haven’t fared well in overtime, shootout
BY MARK LAZERUS Staff Reporter January 12, 2014 10:56PM
Edmonton Oilers v Chicago Blackhawks
Updated: February 14, 2014 6:25AM
The way the Western Conference is shaping up, with the Anaheim Ducks winning 16 of 17 games and the St. Louis Blues neck-and-neck with the Blackhawks, every point is crucial in the race for playoff seeding and home-ice advantage.
Which is why the Hawks aren’t satisfied with having salvaged a point in three of their last four losses before Sunday night’s 5-3 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. The Hawks are tied with the Detroit Red Wings for a league-high 10 overtime and shootout losses. They are 4-10 in games that have gone beyond 60 minutes and have yet to win a game in overtime, only shootouts. And despite their abundance of goal-scorers, they’re 4-7 in shootouts.
Coach Joel Quenneville frequently preaches to his players, particularly on the road, to get the game to overtime at the very least. But he’s not happy with what’s happening when they do.
“The tough [thing] is what we’re doing in overtime, not picking up points,” he said. “Ten losses. Maybe pick up four or five points and that puts you in a pretty good spot.”
It’s first-world problems, of course, seeing as how the Hawks are still in first place in the Central Division (though the Blues have four games in hand). But if they want to stay there, they’ll have to start stealing two rather than salvaging one.
“It’s been a little frustrating,” said Patrick Kane, who is a stunning 0-for-9 in shootouts. “We know we can do better.”
Antti Raanta was back in net for the first time in nine days. Now that the Hawks have two healthy goalies, Quenneville doesn’t need to push either one.
“We still have a lot of hockey games left,” he said. “Back-to-back games is a perfect time to put Antti in. We loved the way [Corey Crawford] played [in Montreal]. He’s come back with three excellent games off his injury.”