Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks host the Anaheim Ducks tonight, but there isn’t that excitement anymore right now about game day. It feels more like a long march home to the end of the season.
The fans around the NHL are enjoying this just about as much as we are despising this losing streak and having a 0.4% chance to make the playoffs this morning. It’s been a long time like a decade since the Hawks record this late in the season was below the .500 mark. The current record 0f 24-25-8 is really hard to believe that the season has gotten this far out of hand.
Someone on Facebook asked us how did we get here? The question isn’t simply Corey Crawford was injured and the Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t recover. That is an easy answer which has a lot of truth in it. If Corey Crawford had been in the lineup, I feel like the Hawks could have had 3-5 more wins easily, which puts them back in the hunt.
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The thing is the Hawks just aren’t scoring. You can blame a lot of players for this decline with Brandon Saad being the newest target of everyone’s rage. I don’t even think it’s there fault as much as it’s Joel Quenneville‘s for not settling in on lines. When Coach Q stumbled on Saad with Jonathan Toews and Vinnie Hinostroza, it was the most productive the top line had been all season long. Yet as soon as Q got a new shiny toy named Anthony Duclair he blew up the top line which makes absolutely no sense at all.
The laundry list is pretty long, and the sad thing is we have a month and half more of this season to talk about tanking and what went wrong which is pretty depressing!
Here are some morning links to kick off your Thursday!
The great thing about hockey is that is for everyone (Blackhawks)
Missing the Olympics is just another big disappointment for the Blackhawks this year (Sun-Times)
The Chicago Blackhawks have fallen, this is how they will get back up (ESPN)
Is it time to tank? (CSN)
A real stunning loss for Team USA in their first game at the Olympics (Bleacher Report)
The sign of a real team is coming back down 3-0 in a game, something the Hawks used to do (Predlines)
Frederik Andersen made 54 saves in the Maple Leafs win last night (NHL)
You do have a right to be mad about the Chicago Blackhawks (BU)