Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Somehow this season has gotten away from the Chicago Blackhawks and no one expected it to. Now they are just trying to stop the bleeding and end their 8 game losing streak.
One thing I will certainly say for the rest of this season is just shut Corey Crawford down and have him get 100%. No matter what the issues are for him, it’s basically too late for him to come in and save the day for the Chicago Blackhawks so might as well have him get healthy and ready for the 2018-2019 campaign.
When you look at how Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass started to fail as goalies you can certainly heave a lot of the blame on them and rightfully so at times. I’m not as quick to blame them because there were times that each was playing pretty well, and then Joel Quenneville decided to start the other guy for no apparent reason.
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A lot of this season has to be put on the shoulders of Coach Q. His impatience has been the biggest issue for the entire season. The line blender has done nothing but promote little to no confidence for everyone involved this season. Even when he stumbled on successful lines he broke them up which made no sense at all.
Everyone wants to say what a failure Brandon Saad has been this season, but for two weeks he was playing some good hockey with Vinnie Hinostroza on his line, but of course Q had to keep changing things up and now Anthony Duclair who was put on the top line even though he didn’t earn it is now Mr. Healthy Scratch in the pressbox.
The season has been extremely frustrating, but the worst part has been all the things that you overlook with Quenneville when the team is winning now is extremely frustrating to watch.
Here are some morning links to kick off your weekend.
Here are some game notes to preview the game against the Capitals tonight (Blackhawks)
Barry Trotz is about to join elite company when he coaches his 1,500th game (NHL)
No comeback for the Predators this time (Predlines)
Look out St. Louis, Here come the Stars (Blackout Dallas)
No one likes the Chicago Blackhawks future (Puck Daddy)