Even with all of the goalie drama in Chicago, there’s something very likeable about the team. I think it has to do with how young everyone is.
Last night, captain Jonathan Toews got his first goal of the season. His teammates had a great reaction:
One retrieved the puck, ready to deliver it to him as if Toews had scored his first NHL goal, or his 100th or 200th instead of just his first of a long season.
“Now I don’t have to hear him on the bench saying, ‘Kaner, I was open on that play,’ said [Patrick] Kane in jest.
Speaking of Kane, he’s pioneering the point-streak beard. It’s like a playoff beard, only it correlates with a point-scoring streak. This could be just the innovation the NHL has been looking for. I think a lot of people will be watching this development very closely.
Also, how deep is Detroit? The Wings put defenseman Kyle Quincey on waivers, mostly because they didn’t have a place for him, and now Quincey is thriving in LA, the team that claimed him. If I were an NHL GM, I think I’d have a standing order for anyone Detroit puts on waivers. Except Darren McCarty. Sorry dude.