Hossa, Toews Heat Up in Win Over Edmonton

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images

Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa have gotten off to a slow start in their 2015-2016 campaign, but after a big game Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers, this could be the beginning of a hot streak for both players.

Coming into Thursday nights game against the Oilers, Toews had nine goals, eight assists and a total of 17 points in 32 games. Hossa had five goals, eight assists and a total of 13 points in 29 games, according to NHL.com.

Both players are known for their contribution on the offensive side of the puck, especially Hossa. However, Toews and Hossa have not been the players we have seen in prior seasons looking at the stats sheet. According to ESPN.com, Toews is projected to finish the season with 23 goals, 21 assists and a total of 44 points, which would be career lows in all categories. Toews has put up more than 50 points in each season he has been in the NHL except for the 2012-2013 season because of the lockout. Even though he played in only 47 games in 2012-2013 because of the lockout, he averaged at least one point per game having a total of 48 points that season, according to hockey-reference.com.

As for Hossa, ESPN.com is projecting Hossa to finish the year with 14 goals and 22 assists equaling 36 total points. In 19 seasons, Hossa has put up less than 40 points twice in the regular season, according to ESPN.com. In his first full season in the NHL playing for the Ottawa Senators, Hossa put up 15 goals and 15 assists in 60 games. Then in 2012-2013, the lockout season, Hossa played in 40 games and had 17 goals and 14 assists.

Even though the Blackhawks have played well of late, especially at home, they cannot rely on Patrick Kane every night to pile up the stat sheet. Yes they are getting key contribution from Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov, but if they want to make a leap in the Western Conference standings they are going to need Hossa and Toews to step up and score more, via goal or assist.

With that being said, both players rose to the occasion Thursday night against the Oilers. In the Blackhawks 4-0 victory, both Hossa and Toews tallied three points.

In the first period, Toews put the Blackhawks in the lead scoring his 10th goal on the season. Marian Hossa and Teuvo Teravainen recorded assists on the goal. In the second period, Toews and Hossa recorded assists on the same goal, setting up Teravainen for his seventh goal on the season. Then in the third period, Toews and Hossa once again set up Teravainen for another goal, his eighth on the season.

With big games from Toews and Hossa, hopefully this is the start of something for both players. Toews has not had a December to remember. Prior to playing the Oilers, Toews had two total points in eight games in December, according to ESPN.com. After his big game Thursday night, he now has three goals and four assists in nine games.

As for Hossa, in the month of December, he has played in eight games tallying one goal and two assists prior to the game against Edmonton. After playing the Oilers, he now has one goal and five assists in nine games, according to NHL.com.

I have been focusing a lot on the lack of production by Toews and Hossa and how they contributed huge in the win against the Oilers. Teuvo Teravainen is another player who has not scored a ton this season, but found the net twice and tallied an assist as well Thursday night. Teravainen is someone the Blackhawks believed would have a big contribution to the team on the scoring sheet, but that has not been the case. Prior to Thursday’s game, Teravainen had 13 total points, six goals and seven assists, according to NHL.com. Now he has 16 points on the year after his breakout performance against Edmonton.

Like I said in my previous articles, the Blackhawks have not played well on the road. In fact, the Blackhawks play four of their next six games on the road. After having a big game against the Oilers, hopefully this gets each one of these players on the right track, and start producing on the scoring sheet.

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