Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/17/11 at 01:35 PM ET
Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun discuss the surging Hawks and slumping Canes.
Custance: Good morning Pierre, hope you’re well-rested after a fun few days hosting the hockey world in Toronto. We shared a few minutes with Stan Bowman before he boarded a plane headed for Vancouver to watch his Blackhawks try and avenge a four-goal loss to the Canucks from earlier this season. He must have been very pleased with what he saw from Chicago last night. The Blackhawks steamrolled the Canucks, 5-1 in a matchup that is anything but just another night on the 82-game schedule. We asked Bowman about his team’s power play and he was pretty honest about it. “That’s been a struggle,” he said. Well, maybe it’s less of a struggle now….
LeBrun: Well I predicted a Blackhawks-Sharks conference finals, and I feel very much comfortable with that right now. One thing Bowman told us as well is that he felt the “big guys’’ were leading the way so far this season, and that is very true. Jonathan Toews is a 200-foot threat, while Patrick Kane has a team-leading 21 points. Kane vowed before the season that he would try to bring his game to another level this season, and right now he’s on pace for a career-high 90 points after potting 73 points last season. But to me, a real important key as well has been the play of defenseman Nick Leddy. He’s gobbled up big minutes after the departure of Brian Campbell, and whether he’d be able to do that would have a huge bearing on this season. So far Leddy has proven more than capable.
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