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Blackhawks: Three Takeaways from a 6-3 Loss to Detroit

Calvin de Haan #44, chicago blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Calvin de Haan #44, chicago blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks
Dominik Kubalik #8, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

3. Systems Fail Yet Again

The Blackhawks, mainly Jeremy Colliton, keep trying to cram a square peg through a circular hole. It doesn’t fit, nor does it work even after trying for so long. After a while, it should strike the coach that, if their team ranks the worst in the league, the system should change.

This does not seem to have been internalized by Colliton as he seems to think “if you try hard enough and long enough, it will work”. Sure, it could work. But by the time it does this team will be so far gone from the playoffs that it wouldn’t matter.

The Blackhawks also seem to always try to pass instead of shoot the puck. I’m not a fan of hearing people yell “Shoot!” from their seats, but I have to agree with them in this situation. The Blackhawks always try to pass for a “pretty goal” when, especially with their current struggles, they should simply just aim for a goal. As an offensively challenged team, they need all the goals they can get. As Ed Olczyk says “It doesn’t matter how it matters how many!”. Right now, the Blackhawks seem to just want the “how”.

This team needs a change in the front office and on the bench to find success. Colliton has shown no effort in trying to right the ship.

To Conclude…

This Blackhawks team doesn’t seem to be getting much better as the season goes on, despite their newfound ability to score more on even-strength than the powerplay. They were dominated by a Detroit team that is publicly known to be tanking for the season.

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There has not been much improvement nor does there seem to be very much energy or urgency in the locker room. The Blackhawks higher-ups now find themselves losing fans, as we can see with the ended sellout streak, and have to make necessary changes to right the ship before the history of “Dollar Bill” repeats itself.

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