The Blackhawks have been dreadful to start the season, and they have not improved since.
The Blackhawks are not performing to expectations, starting a season at 0-5-1 along with the longest drought to lead a game to start a season in NHL history. This team is now second to last in the entire league, and, based on how they are playing, this does not look to be changing any time soon.
This team looks lost on the ice, with Colliton’s system messing up their playstyle and tendencies. They have no intensity nor do they seem to have any fight in their game at the moment.
Here are my three takeaways from last night’s loss.
1. Blackhawks’ Offense is Starting to Pick Up
Funny enough, Dylan Strome has been an offensive igniter (as far as you can get at the moment) for the Chicago Blackhawks. His line of himself, Henrik Borgstrom and Adam Gaudette was the most effective on the team.
With finally two goals in one game on even strength, Borgstrom scored one and both of his linemates were awarded assists. Maybe placing him on a line with Alex Debrincat and Patrick Kane will get those two going again but based on what we have seen so far, that doesn’t seem to be happening. Dominik Kubalik also needs to pick up the pace and score some goals as the secondary sniper on this team. On a positive note, Jonathan Toews picked up 2 points this game, his first points of the season.
With that said, this team needs a lot more work in offensive production as they sit at 31st in the league (at the time of this writing). Their offense systems have seemed to be slowly improving, but against a tanking Red Wings team, it didn’t do as much as I hoped. This team should have beat the Red Wings 6-3, not lose the game by the same score. The Blackhawks have to focus more on scoring goals, not how to make it to the highlight reel. They have made the highlight reel, but for the wrong reasons.