1. The team is young and can bounce back quickly
I mean it is pretty safe to say that the Blackhawks are going through a little slump right now. No matter what happens on the ice, they just can not catch a break or get a win.
It is a shame too because honestly, they did not play too bad against the Tampa Bay Lightning in either of their previous matchups. The team managed to stick with the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and while fans can get upset that the Hawks are not on the same level as Tampa yet, they have to expect them to lose the majority of their matchups against the best of the best.
So, Pius Suter has not been up to a lot the past few games, neither has Philipp Kurashev, nor a lot of the other rookies. That is okay. The rookies are a lot farther along in their development than many expected, but they are still rookies.
Let’s give Jeremy Colliton and the roster some time to figure out how best to get the young guys ready to go for game time. We have seen a lot of different young guys get scratched for a game or maybe even see less ice time, and in the long scheme of things that is just to help them get to where they need to be.
Ian Mitchell is a prime example of this. Mitchell played pretty well to start the year but he has not been as big of a factor on the ice more recently. Colliton decided to scratch Mitchell for a few games against Dallas after Mitchell had some rough games against the Lightning, and while he has not scored since then he is back in the lineup playing with a little more confidence.
If Kevin Lankinen and the other rookies start playing with more confidence and can bounce back even during just one game to being with, it could lead to a nice long win streak to counteract the current state of play.