Injured on defense and probably sleep-deprived, the Chicago Blackhawks got blown out by the Seattle Kraken 7-1 on Thursday night.
Winning was going to be hard this season with a roster in the middle of a massive rebuild. It is now nearly impossible with all the injuries on defense. The Hawk are having to play without top defensemen Seth Jones and Kevin Korchinski along with veteran Jared Tirnordi needing to miss time with a concussion.
The Blackhawks had to roll out a defensive unit with four players who combined to play in 99 games before the puck dropped.
The result was goalie Arvid Soderblom being peppered with shots all night to where he was chased off the ice. It looked like a conga line in the box score in terms of who tallied goals for the Kraken. Kailer Yamamoto scored two first-period goals while Oliver Bjorkstrand, Tye Kartye, Eeli Tolvanen, Jared McCann, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare all tallied goals.
It would be easier to take this if the Hawks were playing the Vancouver Canucks who have the best offense in the NHL. The Kraken ranks in the league's bottom five. They have been struggling to win over their last 10 games.
Sleep deprivation might have played a role. The Blackhawks departed Edmonton late after losing to the Oilers. The team plane had to be diverted to Portland due to weather, so the Hawks did not get there until 2 a.m. PST. The team then had to sit on the plane for three hours before finally taking off again and landing in Seattle an hour later. The Hawks skated like they needed a nap in the beginning and it showed.