Toews tallied two assists Thursday, and also registered two shots on goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wild. The Blackhawks' captain leads his team with eight points and sports a plus-5 rating through four games. Now 30 years old, some suggest Toews may have lost a step or two, though his play early on would suggest otherwise. Already with one hat trick on the season, he appears to have re-discovered the elite form that oftentimes eluded him a season ago, and will look to continue his stellar play Saturday versus St. Louis.
Toews scored three goals -- including the overtime winner -- in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Blues. Toews has been on fire to kick off the 2018-19 campaign, scoring four goals and an assist in Chicago's first two games, leading to victory in both. The longtime Blackhawks captain scored just 52 points last year -- his lowest total since the 2012-13 lockout-shortened campaign -- so the hot start is a great sign.
Toews scored his third goal of the preseason in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Senators. Toews has enjoyed a strong exhibition slate ahead of his 12th NHL campaign. Chicago's captain has mustered at least 20 goals in each of his first 11 seasons, and there's little reason to expect Toews to drop below that mark this season.
Toews registered two goals (one on the power play) to complement an assist in Tuesday's 8-6 home loss to the Red Wings. Toews snuck in from behind the net for his power-play tally and then the captain deflected a point shot from Jan Rutta for his second goal of the night. His assist was a primary apple to smooth-skating forward prospect Dominik Kahun. Toews will look to revert to form after watching his point total slip to 52 last season, which happened to be his lowest mark since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, when he eclipsed a point-per-game average.
Toews is confident he can return to form offensively this season, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports. Toews' offensive production has been on a steady decline since he averaged nearly a point-per-game in three straight campaigns starting with the 2010-11 season, but he's confident he can start to reverse that trend in 2018-19. Said Toews: "There's no doubt I want to get back to being that offensive threat that I know I can be. That's how I like to contribute. Obviously playing well on both sides of the puck, but not neglecting the fact I can be an elite scorer." Whether that's a realistic possibility at this stage in Toews' career remains to be seen, but with Chicago missing the playoffs for the first time since his rookie year, the 30-year-old forward has had more time than he's had in a very long while to train this offseason, which could benefit him in the long run. Either way, the 2006 first-round pick has notched at least 20 goals and 30 assists in five consecutive campaigns, so he'll remain a valuable fantasy asset even if he's unable to improve upon those number in 2018-19.
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