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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Now Lost Six Consecutive Games At Home

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks (24-22-8) fell eight points behind the Minnesota wild for the eighth and final playoff spot, with three other teams ahead of them with 24 games left in the regular season.

“It’s frustrating,” defenseman Connor Murphy said. “Losing six in a row at home — it’s embarrassing. Not the way we expected to be.”

“It’s tough, but we put ourselves in this spot. We’ve got to get out of it,” Seabrook said. “We’ve got to try and work and dig to create our bounces and our chances and some luck and things start changing and turning and [if we] start feeling good about ourselves, maybe something will happen.”

It remains to be seen if there’s anything the Hawks can do to snap out of it. In desperate need of a rally following the all-star break, they’ve generally played well enough to win, but still find a way to lose — a huge turnaround from their glory days. 

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Home Losing Streak Hits Five For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

For the better part of a decade, the Blackhawks’ hallmark has been their cockiness, an unwavering self-belief that they were always the better team. No deficit — not in the standings, not in a game, not in a playoff series — was ever insurmountable. No losing streak was ever cause for despair. No individual drought was ever reason for doubt.

It often bordered on arrogance, but it was well-earned. More often than not, they were proven right....

“Yeah, absolutely,” Toews said. “We’ve talked about that, as far as having that humility and not taking anything for granted, or expecting anything. That’s the way we need to go into every single game, knowing that you’re not going to be given anything and it doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished [in the past]. You’ve got to go out there and earn that respect every day and earn the results that you’re looking for.”

They failed once again to do that on Tuesday night, suffering a devastating 3-2 loss to the Flames, exacerbated by two goal reviews that went against the Hawks — one that overturned a Ryan Hartman goal, one that upheld a late go-ahead tally by Michael Stone. Meanwhile, the Avalanche, Wild and Ducks all won, leaving the Hawks seven points out of the playoff picture....

No, the Hawks can’t waltz into any arena and win with their B-game anymore. They can’t just assume that when this most irregular regular season ends in exactly two months, they’ll be in a playoff spot.

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What Should The Chicago Blackhawks Do As The Trade Deadline Approaches?

from John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Three weeks.

That's how much time Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has to figure out if he wants to sit tight, make a trade or two for a playoff run or …

Do the almost unthinkable and sell what he can to build for the future.

With the Hawks still in 12th place in the Western Conference and 5 points out of the second wild-card spot, it's beginning to look like Option C makes the most sense.

Bowman has already turned the Hawks into one of the youngest teams in the NHL, and while this may not look like a regular rebuild, that's exactly what is happening.

At this point, it makes sense for Bowman to sell what he can to acquire prospects or draft picks. After all, does this look like a team that can win a Stanley Cup?

Obviously not. So let's take a look at what might transpire as the Feb. 26 trading deadline nears:

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The Chicago Blackhawks Miss Out On An Important Point

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The so-called “loser point” never felt more apt than it did to describe the Blackhawks’ plight Saturday night.

With a chance for a regulation victory over a team ahead of them in the playoff standings — leading by two goals in the second period and by one with 11 minutes to play in regulation —  the Hawks lost to the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome....

“We had a good first part of the game and had some tough possessions that got them back in it,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “We certainly can’t be happy with result and the way we played when it counted.”...

With the overtime point, the Hawks (24-20-8) moved to within five points of the Wild — who lost to the Golden Knights in regulation on Saturday — for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. But they also trail the Flames by four points, the Avalanche by four and the Kings by three.

At this point of the season, getting one point when they had a chance to get two with a regulation victory over a team ahead of them in the standings was particularly costly for the Hawks.

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Another Loss By The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

...the Hawks find themselves at the bottom of the Central Division, unable to make up any ground on division foes who just keep winning. Their 2-0 loss Monday to the East-leading Lightning, their third consecutive defeat, left them seven points behind the Avalanche and Wild, both of whom won to extend their hot streaks. The Hawks played well, but an 0-for-6 effort on the power play and a disastrous short-handed goal against doomed them.

‘‘That hole’s getting deeper,’’ coach Joel Quenneville said.

The Hawks have scored six goals in their last five games, so they certainly deserve their spot in the standings. Still, Saad’s not entirely wrong. The Hawks are on an 87-point pace, nowhere near good enough but hardly putrid. Those 2015-16 Blue Jackets finished with 76 points. The Avalanche finished with 48 last season.

Throw in the occasional standout game against the Jets and the occasional trampling of teams from the Penguins to the Blue Jackets to the Senators, and the Hawks think they’re better than the standings suggest. Which only makes their predicament more frustrating.

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Brutal Loss For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Paul Roumeliotis of NBCChicago,

Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.

After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.

"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."

The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.

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Forget The Defense Chicago, Get Some Offense

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

...generating offense remains the best thing the Hawks do and it might be the right and surprising move to make their strength stronger by trading for several scorers or snipers or anybody who can put the puck in the net the way they did with the Anthony Duclair trade. More of that. It might be the right play to try to outscore their roster of backup goalies and third-pair defensemen. Play pond hockey. It might kill coach Joel Quenneville, but it feels as if the Hawks already are there.

Wise up, nobody’s going to trade the Hawks an Erik Karlsson. Sorry, the Norris Trophies R Us store is closed. There likely will be a handful of good defensemen available, but only a handful, and that’ll jump up the bidding.

However, the Hawks might be able to rent right wing Thomas Vanek, who has 13 goals with Vancouver, or left wing Pat Maroon, who has 11 goals with Edmonton. Or both. Or players like them. That would seem to be the cheapest route, which figures to be the choice for a franchise that is at the crossroads whether it wants to admit it or not.

Then again, try this: The idea of trading for Montreal left wing Max Pacioretty is something that might appeal to Hawks GM Stan Bowman, who isn’t afraid to be bold or wrong, and has been both recently in the last year.

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Defense Is A Problem For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post,

Chicago is allowing 57 even-strength shot attempts per 60 minutes this season, its highest rate since 2007-08, the first year data is available. More troubling than the increased volume of shots is they are coming from the more dangerous parts of the ice, such as the slot and the crease. Once you account for shot quality, the Blackhawks are allowing shots that carry an expected goal rate of 2.5 per 60 minutes at even strength, the eighth-worst mark of 2017-18. Their expected goal rate against (xGA per 60) in their championship years, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2014-15 were 1.9, 2.0 and 2.3, respectively.

Among the 146 defensemen playing at least 500 minutes at even strength this season, Keith’s pair ranks 123rd for the quality of shot the team allows with him on the ice (2.7 xGA per 60), Brent Seabrook’s pair ranks 116th (2.7 xGA per 60) and Gustav Forsling’s pair ranks 143rd (2.9 xGA per 60).

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Questioning The Chicago Blackhawks

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

Thieves or stiffs? How best to describe the Blackhawks’ effort against the dreaded Red Wings at the United Center on Sunday?

First, don’t call it an effort. That’s why thieves fits. The players ripped off the fans and the organ-I-zation with a heartless approach not seen since then-coach Denis Savard demanded that they “commit to the Indian.’’

Then again, stiffs also works for the way they refused to deliver a professional product against an inferior opponent.

I don’t want to hear about early vacation ahead of their five-day break. The Hawks had a bad opponent coming off a bad game the day before, and they blew it. The Hawks had a day off following a big win over a conference playoff team, finally, for the first time in a month, and they gagged, losing to a team that came in with nine fewer points. That’s what stiffs do. They get shut out at home 4-0 by the aged Red Wings after all that. A joke. Pathetic.

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Afternoon Line- Mark Lazerus

...while the desperation in the standings is blatantly obvious, the desperation on the ice is too often nowhere to be found. And on Sunday afternoon, with a home game, with a lousy opponent, and with a five-day bye week offering no excuse not to “empty the tank,” in Jonathan Toews’ words, the Hawks sleepwalked through a putrid 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings showed up on Sunday morning. The Hawks looked like they were already in Mexico. And they no longer have that luxury.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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