The Chicago Blackhawks earned a really nice win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. These two teams aren’t as big of rivals as they once were but it still feels special when they get together for a little original six hockey. Dylan Strome had a lot of fun as he led the way to victory.
Strome has had a very frustrating year. Things got better for him when Chicago made a coaching change as he was being healthy scratch more than he was playing. That is not how you handle a former third overall pick, especially one who has been good for the team.
Playing on the fourth line is not the way for Strome. In order to get the most out of him, he needs to be playing with other skilled players just like him. That was the case against Detroit and he rewarded them for that move.
Strome had a hat trick and one assist in the 8-4 victory. His goals were his fifth, sixth, and seventh on the season. His assist was his ninth so he has 16 points on the season. He certainly isn’t going to have four points every night but getting more production out of him going forward would be a huge help.
The Chicago Blackhawks had a huge offensive outburst thanks to Dylan Strome.
This game turned out to be crazy in the end. The Hawks kept looking like they were going to blow the game but they pulled away, in the end, thanks to a bad Detroit turnover and an empty-net goal. It wasn’t pretty but they earned the win anyway.
The Blackhawks needed this. They are not going to be a playoff team but scoring some goals was much needed after getting shut out by the Colorado Avalanche earlier this week. The Detroit Red Wings aren’t close to the Avalanche but they are still a pretty good team. Dropping seven on them with an empty netter as an eighth is something to feel good about.
Going forward, the Blackhawks need to cater to Strome. He is still very young and could be a solid piece on a good team. They should honestly trade him if they are going to treat him any other way. He has all of the skills in the world and could make an impact on a team that treats him properly.
The Hawks have to play that Avalanche team again on Friday night. This time, however, it is going to be on home ice. Colorado is red hot right now but the Hawks are a team that could provide a trap.
The Avs, as mentioned before, are significantly better but you never know how things go in this league. Hopefully, Strome’s first career hat trick provides a spark in his game and he is able to produce a lot more going forward.