If you look at the Blackhawks season, you will notice at the top of one of its centers is leading the team with 10 points. If the player is calculated Jonathan Toews, think again.
Instead, Artem Anisimov is who has five goals and five assists through the first eight games Hawks.
Toews, meanwhile, has yet to score a goal, even though he has three assists. Toews laughed Friday when asked if he is eager to score his first goal of the season.
Toews is right to say that it is a slow starter. Last season his first goal arrived eight games into the season, and finished with 28. The season before he had a goal in his first seven games, but finished with 28. On Friday, Joel Quenneville coach paired with Patrick Kane Toews, along with Richard Panik in an effort to get Toews on the board. It is likely to be back together on Sunday when the Hawks face the Kings.
Toews was not too concerned with the chicken egg after overtime victory Friday against the Devils, especially considering it was his game to the network that created the equalizer for Marian Hossa at the end of the third period.
Meanwhile, the waters are navigable for Anisimov, who has helped take over scoring for Toews. Anisimov, usually the second line with Kane and Artemi Panarin Jersey is anchored, maintained his strong play by scoring the winner in extra as his second winning goal of the season time.
“Last year (Anisimov) probably not recognized enough what he did for our team and that line,” Quenneville said. “A guy (Kane) wins the MVP and the other guy (Panarin) get rookie of the year, so it makes some really good things. His front net presence has been good. It can improve by faceoffs.”
Anisimov has won only 37.1 percent of their faceoffs. Toews has had a better start in that area – which has gained 61.4 percent. And Toews has been one of the “best in keeping possession of the disc and the generation of vaccines hawks when he’s on the ice. After donning their lowest numbers since 2007-08 possession last season (52.2 percent Corsi rate), Toews is back up to 57.6 percent through eight games this season.
“They will soon start going for me,” Toews said. “The biggest problem is just creating chances.”
That’s what happens Toews Jersey and Anisimov. Fortunately for the Hawks, at least one of them has been able to light the lamp.