When a player or coach doesn’t really show up during a Blackhawks game, they get put on the Milk Carton. As most of you know, people’s pictures used to be put at the back of milk cartons when they went missing. So the Milk Carton for the Blackhawks is more about who went missing or played terribly during the game.
There were many candidates for last night’s missing Blackhawk. We easily could have handed it to Michal Rozsival for the second consecutive night for totally missing a check that led to a 3 on 1, or Patrick Sharp for not converting on and endless buffet of tremendous scoring chances. But we decided to hand the Blackhawks Milk carton to the Chicago Blackhawks coaching staff.
The Hawks had a rough night on the powerplay converting only 1 of 7 chances with Patrick Kane converting the only goal with the man advantage. The team also was 1 on 5 down a man, but the real problem with the staff last night was it didn’t seem to have the team prepared.
With the Wild standing and clogging up the blue line the Hawks continued to try to carry the puck over instead of using their forecheck chip/chase play. They also seem determined to not have Brandon Pirri set up to not succeed by stinking him on the bottom line. Kruger scored late but he had a bad penalty that led to a long 5 on 3 powerplay while centering the 2nd line.
Don’t get me wrong it’s one bad night and that happens in 82 games and we were surely spoiled last season with only 7 regulation losses, but the team didn’t look like they were ready to play on Saturday night!
Who do you think should have been on the Blackhawks Milk Carton?
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