07/11/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/11/2019 18:48
It is reasonable to expect that the Blackhawks are better in July than they were in January. Nor would it feel like a reach to anticipate that the return of Andrew Shawnext season will provide an element lacking last season.
For example, the Blackhawks in March faced a pivotal back-to-back weekend assignment against the Colorado Avalanche. In the opener at Denver, however, it wasn't about the altitude, but the attitude. Goalie Philipp Grubauer was on a tear for the Avs, and the Blackhawks did not do much to break his momentum. They eschewed partaking of or creating havoc before him, lost 4-2, and fell six points behind Colorado in the chase for a playoff berth.