While watching the Chicago Blackhawks blow a 4-1 lead and give up five straight goals to the New Jersey Devils was infuriating, there are some positives to take away.
The biggest of those are the play of Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat, who are showing that they need to be on the same line. They combined for a beauty of a goal in the first period and nearly had a second tally during the middle frame.
DeBrincat gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead late in the first period with his sixth goal of the season and third within the last 24 hours. Schmaltz made the play by stripping the puck from Taylor Hall in the neutral zone then attracting both New Jersey defenders as he drove to the net before passing back to a wide open DeBrincat.
Shortly after the Devils stormed back and grabbed a 5-4 lead, Schmaltz made another terrific pass to find DeBrincat at the side of the net, but he was unable to elevate the puck over goaltender Keith Kinkaid’s pad.
The combination of Schmaltz’s tremendous passing ability and DeBrincat’s knack for finding the soft spots in the defense, these two could prove to be a deadly combination going forward.