Blackhawks will continue to build confidence vs. Blues

For the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s all about perspective.

They return home on Friday to face the St. Louis Blues after going 2-2-0 on a four-game trip.

Considering that they were 0-5-1 in away games before this trip, they will accept it.

“You’re getting .500 down the road, coming to where we started, they’ve made progress,” said Blackhawks interim coach Derek King, who has been 5-2-0 since he took over after Jeremy Colliton was sacked after a 1-9 -2 start to the season. “Is there still some work to be done? Sure. We are making good progress and are heading in the right direction.”

Even a heavy 5-2 loss in Calgary to complete the journey failed to diminish the Blackhawks’ visibility.

The Flames broke a tie with 5:35 remaining when Matthew Tkachuk’s centering pass from Chicago defender Seth Jones’ skate went over goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury’s shoulder and into the net. Calgary added two empty goals to cap the win.

“The consistency of playing a certain way isn’t there yet, but it’s getting there,” King said. “I know these guys, when they went in after the game they were disappointed. As the season has gone so far, that’s a positive they’re upset about it.”

Captain Jonathan Toews added: “Anyway, we played good hockey. We want to win all four, so 2-2 or 3-1…I think there’s a hockey we can build on by coming home here.” to go.”

Fleury made 34 saves and Brandon Hagel and Reese Johnson scored for the Blackhawks. It was Johnson’s first NHL goal.

“Of course it’s nice to contribute,” Johnson said. “I think I want to be able to do that more, get some greasy for the net, but of course we want to come out with two points.”

The Blues lost 4-2 in Detroit on Wednesday, while Red Wings goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic made 35 saves.

“We made the moves – we could have easily scored five or six goals, but you just have to take your hat off to (Nedeljkovic),” said Blues coach Craig Berube. “You have games like this where you throw everything on the net and nothing goes in.”

Pavel Buchnevich and David Perron scored for St. Louis, who have lost six of their last eight games (2-5-1).

“I thought we played a really good game,” said Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly. “We just didn’t get the results we wanted.”

James Neal of the Blues was held up with an undisclosed injury, but fellow forward Brayden Schenn returned after missing nine games with an upper body injury.

Schenn came to minus-2 in just over fifteen minutes of playing time.

“He was fine,” Berube said. “He wouldn’t be 100 percent after missing so much time, but he’ll be fine.”

The Blues could use some puck luck.

“We played a very solid game, but we had to finish some of our chances,” said striker Jordan Kyrou. “We were all over them in the attack zone, but we needed some bounces and (Nedeljkovic) played a great game.”

–Field level media

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