Brandon Saad’s second stint with the Chicago Blackhawks got off to a fantastic start with six goals in the first six games of the season, including a hat trick on opening night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Unfortunately he has cooled off since then with just a single tally in the past 14 games.
Despite the scoring drought, Saad is not lacking confidence that the goals will come as he told Scott Powers of The Athletic following Monday’s morning skate.
“There was a little bit of a dip where I wasn’t getting chances,” Saad said. “As of late, I’m getting chances. I think that’s what you work for. That’s all you can do is to stay in the now, give it your all, work for those chances and you hope they go in. Sometimes you get the bounces where you can have three or four in one night, and sometimes you get the chances and they still don’t go in. I think the biggest thing for me even talking with our line is getting more chances collectively because we know what we can do offensively.”
Saad and the Blackhawks top line will have their work cut out for them versus the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night as they will likely have the task of trying to shut down their top line. The same top line that contains Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov who have combined for 27 goals and 68 points this season. Good luck!