Oct 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) fight for position during a shot on goal in the third period at the United Center. Anaheim won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks offense has been quite stagnant lately and it has cost them. The Hawks are 6-4-1 and are currently fourth in the central division. They’ve scored 27 goals in eleven games, a 2.46 goals a game average, which puts them at 21st in the league. This past week they were shutout against Anaheim (38 shots), scored 4 goals against Ottawa, not including the shootout winner on 39 shots, and managed to score 2 goals on 47 shots against Toronto. Who’s to blame for the lackluster offensive performance? Is it just poor shot selection? Or is it something bigger?
Maybe it is the fact that the lines have been like a revolving door this year, especially the second and third lines. Now listen, I’m not blaming anyone here, especially coach Q. When you’re playing with different guys every night, it can definitely be hard to develop any sort of chemistry with them. The first line of Sharp, Toews, and Hossa has remained intact for a good portion of the season, but after that it’s like musical chairs when it comes to all the other lines. Whether Richards is centering the second line, or Shaw, or Versteeg is playing the wing and Saad is on the third line, some kind of continuity needs to be discovered.
Now before you all jump ship and start calling for any kind of trade or calling up Teuvo, who hasn’t been that impressive in Rockford, we are eleven games into the season. At this point there is nothing to fret about. Sure watching them pepper a goalie with forty shots a game and not scoring five goals can be frustrating and make you want to pull your hair out, but relax. Shots will start going in and crooked numbers will be put on the scoreboard, but until then relax and enjoy some hockey.
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