From the goaltending to the penalty kill or power play, confidence is everything for the Chicago Blackhawks. Last night fans saw what happened when the Blackhawks stopped playing with confidence, and that needs to change.
Malcolm Subban played by far one of his worst games with Chicago. The team did not show up to help him either, but in large part, Subban’s bad rebound control totally ended the game. The Blackhawks stuck with the Lightning a few games ago and now find themselves giving up five-plus goals to the Dallas Stars.
The Hawks need to bounce back. This can not become a losing streak for a team in the mix for the playoffs. Winning games against a team like Dallas is a necessity because they are going after the same playoff spot at the end of the day.
Dallas has six games in hand on the Hawks, and they are only down by ten points in the standings now. The Blackhawks need to get their confidence back if they are going to get back on a hot streak, and it definitely is possible.
The Blackhawks are a young team, and they can get their confidence back pretty quickly.
The Blackhawks need to play with the chip on their shoulder they had after dropping the first four games of the season. They went to their home rink for the first game of their season and absolutely handled the Red Wings. That success carried on through the entire month of February.
The Blackhawks have not lost three games in a row since January 29th. If they do not win on Thursday night, they will have lost three games a row. Luckily, this team will have Ian Mitchell rested after being scratched on Tuesday, and a rested Kevin Lankinen ready to go.
The Stars outperformed the Blackhawks and played as a team would after going 2-6-2 in their past ten games. Now the Hawks get the opportunity to answer before heading down to Florida for some games against the Lightning and Panthers.,