Line Kane, Athanasiou, Domi stand out at preseason opener originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Blackhawks made their first-team debut of Andreas Athanasiou, Max Domi and Patrick Kane in a new look Tuesday in a preseason game against the St. Louis Blues, and it was a strong showing for the trio despite having nothing to show.
When the three of them were on the ice together at 1:42 p.m. in a 5-on-5 game, the Blackhawks were leading in shot attempts (16-5), shots on goal (9-1) and chances to score (10-1). , according to Natural Stat Trick.
“It’s just the first game, we don’t know what kind of teamwork they will have, but tonight it was sometimes a little bit,” head coach Luke Richardson said after a 4-1 loss to the United Center. “I think in the second period you saw a couple of goal zone expansions where they could take pucks and really make the teams pay. Unfortunately, they did not hit the net.
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“I think Kane hit the post or just behind the post in the third period after their third goal, that would help us get back in the game. We would love to see more of these guys. these guys should attack. We will all have to do our part, but guys like that are strikers and we will count on them in terms of performance.”
Athanasiou had quite a few class A looks, nearly scoring a goal in the first period and then another in a 2-on-1 with Kane. It was inspiring.
“I think he started the game very well,” Richardson said. “I think he had three or four great chances that show his speed and really help us this year.
“We actually wanted to take him out of the penalty game a little tonight, but unfortunately we didn’t have the next opportunity to take him out of the penalty game because I think his speed could create problems for the other team. if they get a little sloppy. This is going to be an area that we can exploit as we move forward and that could keep teams a little wary of trying smooth paces and knocking things down because he could disappear like a rocket like you saw him skate today.” .
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Even though the numbers tipped in their favor when the three of them were on the ice together, Athanasiou, Domi and Kane will certainly take time to understand each other. Athanasiou is a really good 1v1 player, Domi can play any style of hockey and Kane is Kane, but he doesn’t have a right line shot to feed the shots like Alex DeBrinkat has.
There will be an adaptation period, but for this we need training camps and pre-season.
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