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Losing Streak Now At Five For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

For three minutes and 28 seconds Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were truly awful. A failed clear by Duncan Keith led to a Nicklas Backstrom goal. Anton Forsberg let in a brutally soft goal by Tom Wilson from the boards. Then nobody picked up the greatest goal-scorer of his generation trailing a Wilson breakaway, and Alex Ovechkin cashed in the rebound.

Three-zip, just like that.

But here’s the thing about the Hawks’ 6-2 loss to the Capitals — their fifth straight loss and their seventh straight loss in Washington. For much of the other 56 minutes or so, the Hawks didn’t look bad. They had six of the first seven shots of the game. They had 15 of the first 16 shots in the second period. When J. F. Berube came in to relieve Forsberg after the three-goal flurry, he didn’t face a second shot until more than 18 minutes had passed. That’s utter dominance.

“Don’t be fooled,” Joel Quenneville growled afterward. “[Our] shots hit them right in the chest, with no chance of getting a second opportunity. It’s almost like we gave the puck back to them, just putting it at the net with no purpose.”


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TreKronor's avatar

I caught portions of the game and the Hawks were really bad.  Lazerus talking about the “other 56 minutes” not looking bad is being optimistic.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/17 at 10:39 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Clearly they need Mike Green

Posted by MoreShoot on 12/07/17 at 11:05 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Interesting that the Hawks are putting very young guys out there in a year when they are strapped to the cap.  I wonder how they will fair next year after a year of seasoning at the top level.

Posted by MoreShoot on 12/07/17 at 11:29 AM ET


Given the general eeyore disposition around here towards the Wings (myself included), it’s kind of funny that the Hawks currently are only 2 points better than the Wings.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 12/07/17 at 12:48 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

It’s funny how things can change so much for a team over 4 or 5 years.

Their cap situation is really not good:  https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/blackhawks 

They have 6 players becoming UFAs this offseason, and 2 RFA to be players.  All those guys are making minimums right now, too.  Someone’s got to go.  Someone with a lot of salary.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/17 at 01:41 PM ET


They have 6 players becoming UFAs this offseason, and 2 RFA to be players.  All those guys are making minimums right now, too.

They have those guys because it’s what they could afford.  Not like most of them are up-and-comers that are due for raises, Hayden & Hartman (the RFAs) are the only ones under 27.

Posted by EthrDemon on 12/07/17 at 02:00 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

True, they’ll just bring in a couple other young guys to make the minimum, I would guess.  My friend says he thinks they should move Kane but I just don’t see it happening.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/17 at 02:27 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Hate to admit it, but this is where Crosby got it right. I don’t know what his dumb obsession is with the number 87, but it keeps his cap hit lower than what it could be.

Kane and Toews take up almost 30% of the Blackhawks’ cap.

Posted by ilovehomers on 12/07/17 at 02:52 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I don’t know what his dumb obsession is with the number 87, but it keeps his cap hit lower than what it could be.

That was always an admirable thing some of these players did.  Lidstrom comes to mind, as he could have been paid a good 30% more for the level he played at.  I had sort of thought Toews and Kane would sacrifice some salary for the good of the team, but they definitely did not.

And not many players are these days.  Conor McDavid and Jack Eichel come to mind.  I don’t blame the guys for wanting to get paid anything they can, but it can definitely hold the team back a bit in who they can pursue.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/07/17 at 03:05 PM ET

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