The Chicago Blackhawks were not that great in their own end this past season, but against the Tampa Bay Lightning, they were even worse than expected. As we have some time in the offseason let’s go take a look at how the Hawks did against Tampa throughout the entire season.
Games one and two of the season were both against the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Blackhawks
Starting the season against the defending Stanley Cup Champions is never easy, but when you take into account the fact that it was the team’s first game without Corey Crawford, Brandon Saad, and Jonathan Toews, this was a very different Blackhawks group than fans are used to watching.
Chicago ended up losing the first two games in pretty significant fashion by scores of 5-1 and 5-2. No goalie within the Hawks organization was about to stop the Lightning this past season as they combined for 37 goals against in 8 games, which comes out at about 4.6 goals against per game.
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The Hawks did not score a lot of goals against the defending champs who are still playing in the playoffs. In fact that they often were outscored by two or three goals. The team went 1-6-1 against the Lightning this season.
Although that is not a bad outcome for a team looking to rebuild, it is a bad outcome if they are planning to take any steps forward this coming season. Not many games on this list were that close, they instead featured Tampa Bay running away with things early and playing with a lead throughout the game.
The Hawks have to do a better job of sticking with top teams like the Lightning. Luckily next season should be a little better as the two will meet less frequently. Alex DeBrincat scored five of the Hawks 18 goals against the Lightning this past season. Out of 16 possible points, the team only managed to bring in three so this was definitely not the best series for the team.