Stock Watch: Toews carrying offensive load
January, 13, 2014
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
Getty ImagesJonathan Toews has a six-game points streak while Michal Handzus has sunk to a minus-1 rating.
Jonathan Toews, forward: Toews and his line have continued to put up points even as the rest of the team has struggled at times over the last few weeks. Toews is riding a six-game points streak and has 15 points in the last 17 games. He’s back to nearly a point a game and has 47 points in 48 games this season. He’s 10th in the league in points and third on the team.
Duncan Keith, defenseman: Keith has been one of the league’s most consistent defensemen on both ends of the ice this season. He’s first among defensemen with 44 points and 41 assists. He also has the highest plus/minus rating among the Top 25 leaders in ice time with a plus-18 rating. He has five assists and a plus-two rating in six games in January.
Marian Hossa, forward: Hossa turned a year older on Sunday, becoming 35, but his play shows no signs of aging. He leads the league with 52 takeaways and is second with a plus-23 rating. He also has 38 points in 43 games and is coming off a weekend where he had two goals and an assist. The concern with Hossa this season was his back, but he’s been able to remain in the lineup consistently after dealing with a few issues with it early in the season.
Michal Handzus, forward: Handzus is one of two Blackhawks with a negative rating. He dropped to a minus-one rating for the season against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. He has zero points and a minus-five rating over the last eight games. He’s been on the ice for a goal in five of the team’s last six games. He was limited to 10:19 of ice time on Sunday.
Bryan Bickell, forward: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has tried a bit of everything to get Bickell back on track, but nothing has seemed to work yet. Bickell has one assist and a minus-six rating over the last nine games. He’s been on the ice for a goal in seven of the last nine games. He was held to 8:47 of ice time on Sunday.
Kris Versteeg, forward: Versteeg has hit a skid in recent weeks. He has one assist and a minus-three rating over the last eight games. Quenneville has tried him on the second and third lines in recent weeks, but he hasn’t been able to find success in either spot. He didn’t have any shots on goals against the Oilers on Sunday and hasn’t had more than two shots on goal in any of the last eight games.