Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Streaking/Slumping: Crawford on a roll
By Jesse Rogers
Corey Crawford has won three straight while Brendan Morrison has failed to impress during his short time with the Hawks.
1. Corey Crawford, Goalie: Three straight wins for Crawford after a slump have given his game -- and the team -- some confidence. He's stopped 84 of 88 shots during the streak and gave up less than two goals in back to back games for the first time since late December. He says he is reacting more to situations instead of aggressively anticipating plays which had him losing his net previously. Crawford brought his "A" game on Sunday in the first period when the Hawks were badly outplayed. St. Louis scored just one goal in the opening 20 minutes despite peppering Crawford. The skaters in front responded in the final 40 minutes and Crawford did his part for a rare low-scoring victory.
2. Marian Hossa, Forward: He’s bacccck ... After a post All-Star Game slump, Hossa has found some jump to his step. He's had points in four straight games including three goals and two assists. Hossa is playing with Marcus Kruger and Andrew Brunette so making plays on his own will be needed, but he has to get the puck to do so. During the Hawks' recent losing streak he wasn’t doing that, but now Hossa has some life to his game and opponents are paying the price. He leads the Hawks with 58 points.
1. Brendan Morrison, Forward: If being a healthy scratch is part of a slump then Morrison is in one though he will dress for Tuesday's game against Detroit. Since coming over in a trade at the All-Star break Morrison went from centering the second line to the fourth line to street clothes in a matter of five games. He has sat out the past four. Morrison admittedly doesn't have the burst he'd like, especially when playing with some of the faster Hawks forwards. He has yet to register a point as a Hawk in five games.
2. Andrew Brunette, Forward: Despite power play time and now back among the top 6 forwards, Brunette has been slow to produce points lately. He has just one in his last 12 games and hasn’t scored since Jan. 2. His plodding style has not helped him during five-on-five play, but he can still be a dangerous asset around the net with the man-advantage. Unfortunately, the Hawks power play is 0 for its last 29 and Brunette’s production has dried up with it.