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What’s Wrong With The Chicago Blackhawks Offense?

By Keith Schultz
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Oct 26, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) shoots the puck past Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

While watching the Blackhawks early this season my initial thought is What’s wrong with the Hawks offense.  Last year it seemed like the Hawks were dropping 5 goals a night on teams while racing out to a fast start, but memories and reality are very different.  Here are 3 quick thoughts about the Blackhawks slow start on the offensive side of the stat sheet.

3. The Numbers are Similar!

The numbers are actually very similar to the start to last season. The Hawks are 5-2-1 through 8 games while last season they were 5-1-2.  The Hawks have scored 22 goals this season while last season they had 23 goals through 8 games.  If you look at the stats the Blackhawks offense really didn’t start to explode until Michal Handzus left the lineup for a few weeks due to injury and Brandon Pirri took over the 2nd line duties.  I’m not saying I’m rooting for a Brad Richards injury, but Teuvo Teravainen could pump some speed and new blood into the lineup.

2. No Traffic 

Bryan Bickell finally parked himself where his 6ft 4in frame needs to be and that is right in front of the goalie and it’s the reason Brent Seabrook’s shot got past Anderson last night.  The Hawks are averaging 40 some shots on goal each game yet there is no traffic in front, no one in front looking for rebounds.

Andrew Shaw is the only player that is committed to doing the dirty things, with possibly Jeremy Morin if he could stop pressing and play hockey as the other one.  The Hawks really need playoff Bickell to show up and get his body in front of the net.  He does it during the postseason and gets rewarded each year,  I know it’s work but that’s what #29 needs to do each night and he gets paid 4 million dollars a season to do so.

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