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Blackhawks, Canucks aiming to turn corner on season


2021-11-21 18:20:18 GMT+00:00 – After having a four-game successful streak snapped with a 5-2 loss at Edmonton on Saturday evening, the Chicago Blackhawks will head to Vancouver to end a back-to-back in opposition to the Canucks on Sunday.

The loss to Edmonton was the primary below interim head coach Derek King, who took over when Jeremy Colliton was fired after a 1-9-2 begin. The Blackhawks rolled off 4 consecutive wins below King earlier than operating into Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, who every had a purpose and an help, and the Pacific Division-leading Oilers. Edmonton jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first interval and cruised to a straightforward win.

“I would have liked to have won every game,” stated King, who was the top coach of the AHL Rockford IceHogs when he was summoned to substitute Colliton. “You lose a game and you see the areas you need to improve in after tonight. The nice thing is you go right back at it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys respond after this game and bring it into tomorrow’s game.”

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One shiny spot within the loss was the play of Alex DeBrincat, who continued his sizzling November with two extra targets. DeBrincat, who leads Chicago with 11 targets, has seven targets, two assists and a plus-minus ranking of plus-six in November and can carry a five-game level streak into Sunday’s sport.

“Obviously you want to start good and play with a lead,” DeBrincat stated of his staff’s poor begin in opposition to the Oilers. “It’s obviously easier than going down 4-0, right? We need to be better. We need to play in their zone a little more. I thought we played well the first 10 (minutes) but once we got scored on it was downhill from there.”

DeBrincat was requested about having to come proper again and play one other sport lower than 24 hours later.

“It is what it is,” he stated. “Could be good for us. Forget about this one and go play right away and hopefully get the win.”

Vancouver snapped an unpleasant five-game winless streak (0-4-1), throughout which it was outscored 26-10, with a 3-2 residence victory over Winnipeg on Friday. The Canucks have not gained back-to-back video games since Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, once they gained highway video games at Chicago and Seattle.

Goalie Thatcher Demko made 37 saves and Conor Garland scored an influence play purpose to seal the win in opposition to the Jets.

“It’s big,” Demko stated of the victory. “Obviously things haven’t been going the way we want to the last few games here, and we’ve got some ground to make up now.

“Hopefully tonight is the beginning of stringing a number of (wins) collectively and constructing some confidence within the room,” Demko added. “I feel we’re all on the identical web page so far as what we would like to accomplish. Guys aren’t turning on one another and getting detrimental. It’s an enormous signal. It’s one thing now we have to preserve constructing with.”

Garland was asked if he had been feeling any heat during the winless streak.

“I do not know,” he said. “It’s a great distance to go within the season, proper? … I do not pay attention to the skin noise. I simply deal with my job and take a look at to play my sport.”

–Field Level Media

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