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What’s Wrong With The Chicago Blackhawks?

By Brian Kasnicka

Oct 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards (91) during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Last week I wrote about how the Hawks offense was in a bit of a slump, but that they would eventually get out of it and you shouldn’t worry.  Now is not the time to panic.   The season is still young and the Hawks just need to find a little bit of consistency.  This could be tough with Patrick Sharp being sidelined for three to four weeks.  To replace a guy like Sharp you’re going to need a total team effort.  Guys like Morin, Versteeg, Saad, and Shaw are all really going to have to step up to replace Sharpie’s production.  If the Hawks can manage to pull together during Sharp’s extended absence and win some games, we’ll have nothing to worry about.

So what is wrong with the Blackhawks?!  They can’t score or their defense breaks down.  They exploded for five goals on Tuesday night in Montreal and shut out the Canadiens.  On Friday night the Blackhawks took a two goal lead into the last five minutes of the second period against the Capitals, before giving up three goals in the last 4:52 of the second and eventually losing 3-2.  The Hawks are 7-6-1 and do not look like a team who has been picked to win their third Stanley Cup in five years.  They look like a team who isn’t even a look for the playoffs let alone a Stanley Cup contender.

At this point, I’m not even sure what the problem is.  They have been playing musical chairs with their lines and their defense just hasn’t been the same.  The Hawks seem to be in some kind of lackadaisical haze.  They’re just going through the motions expecting the Central division crown to be handed to them.  They need to wake up and realize that’s NOT going to happen.  Sure the playoffs are where it really matters, but if the Hawks keep playing like this, there won’t be a playoffs.

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The Hawks take on the Sharks at the madhouse tonight at six and will try to get back on track and fix their offensive and defensive woes.  The Sharks bring a 7-5-1 record into the United Center and are led by Center Logan Couture(13 points) and Defenseman Brent Burns(13 points).  Hopefully next week I won’t be writing a “Now’s the time to panic” article.

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