Ramblings: Kakko, DeAngelo, Boston’s Big Line, goalie thoughts, and a pair of big-name vets were scratched (Oct 28)

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2019-10-28

Ramblings: Kakko, DeAngelo, Boston’s Big Line, goalie thoughts, and a pair of big-name vets were scratched (Oct 28)

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After three consecutive games of being a ‘minus’ player, nine games with some rotten possession numbers, and terrible power-play results, 34-year-old Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks. The result was an excellent game from the team, stopping a four-game losing streak and it had a domino effect. The big one, to me, was Slater Koekkoek picking up a pair of assists, going plus-4 and seeing a season-high in ice time (over 18 minutes). Seabrook, who has five years remaining on his contract that has an AAV of $6.875M, has been so bad that when he plays he has to be heavily sheltered. He’s being given mostly offensive-zone starts and not creating any offense. But to have him start in his own zone is like giving the other team a goal. The domino effect of having that removed from the lineup is intangible but very real. Those offensive zone starts can go to a player who can do something with them. With Erik Gustafsson or Olli Maatta, the other four players on the ice stand a better chance of picking up points.

Here were the line combos for Chicago last night:

24.5%

CAGGIULA,DRAKE – KANE,PATRICK – TOEWS,