Chicago Blackhawks: Disappointing Loss Puts Season In Jeopardy
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks are now on a five-game losing streak. Down six points in the wildcard race, is it fair to assume they might not come back from this?
The Chicago Blackhawks are 25-24-8, with 58 points in 57 games. After being shutout last night in a huge game against the Canucks, the Blackhawks have their backs against the ropes. If they keep losing, they can kiss any hopes goodbye.
The Blackhawks shot the puck 49 times. The fact that the Blackhawks couldn’t get a single goal when they had great chances disappoints me.
Corey Crawford faced 19 shots and let two goals in. The final goal by the Canucks was an empty-net goal. It just got worse the more times the Blackhawks shot the puck. I think the team’s confience was ruined after a poor-call against the Bruins last week. Since then, the Blackhawks are 0-3-0 and have been shutout.
In the other two games, they had a lead and looked solid. They just couldn’t play a full 60 minutes.
So where are we now? The Blackhawks are six points out of the playoffs. This road trip, which still isn’t over, was very important. The Blackhawks were facing teams ahead of them in the standings. It was a perfect chance to catch up and maybe steal a playoff spot.
Even after these five losses in a row, the Blackhawks are still alive. They’ll need to start winning games though, they can’t come back on Saturday against the Flames and lose. It has to be a regulation win.
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The teams ahead of the Blackhawks that play tonight are the Flames, Coyotes, Wild, and Predators. The Jets will be playing tomorrow.
With none of these teams playing each other, it would be nice if they’d do us a solid and lose their games. Of course, that probably won’t happen. The Blackhawks will probably be out eight points before they play next. They still have played fewer games than the Jets, Coyotes, and Flames. It gives me hope.
Not that it matters but CBS Sports still have the Blackhawks making the playoffs with a 52.1% chance. They have them slotted as the seventh seed, which would have them play against the Canucks in the first round. After them winning the season series, it would be nice to see the Blackhawks get revenge in the playoffs.
The Blackhawks need to go on a winning streak starting Saturday. If they can steal a few wins in a row, all bets are off the table. As I like to say, crazier things have happened.