The Chicago Blackhawks are in the middle of another losing streak.
The Hawks lost 3-0 to the Nashville Predators to see their losing streak reach three. This team needs to get home in the worst. Too bad they still have two more games to go on this five-game road stretch. The Hawks got outscored 13-5 during a two-game stretch in Dallas. They were not competitive at all in the final game.
At least the Blackhawks put up a fight (and literally that we will address shortly) in this one. It did not matter as Nashville did a great job of keeping the puck in the Hawks' defensive zone.
Here are three takeaways from this defeat...
Arvid Soderblom bounced back after giving up an easy goal in the first period.
Soderblom is having a rough time in his first full NHL season. Rough is putting it nicely. Soderblom is 2-12-1 with a 4.07 goals-against-average and a .874 save percentage. His GAA ranks dead-last in the NHL and his save percentage is second-to-last.
Despite numbers that should have sent him to Rockford in November, Soderblom has been afforded time to work through his struggles in Chicago.
The first goal he allowed looked to be a preview of another game where he was going to be a sieve.
Troy Murray said on the television broadcast that Gustav Nyquist fooled Soderblom. It was a save Arvid should have come up with.
To his credit, Soderblom did not melt down. He blanked Nashville in the second period. The Predators only scored another goal on him in the third period thanks to a 5-on-3 power play. Stopping 33 of 35 shots turned out to be a pretty good night for the struggling netminder.
Nick Foligno continues to be the unofficial captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.
He did what leaders do on the ice when he dropped gloves with Jeremy Lauzon after Lauzon laid a big hit on Philipp Kurashev.
He may not have landed a lot of punches, but Foligno made sure to send a message that he was not going to let anyone take a cheap shot on his teammate. Please put the "C" on his sweater already.
Injuries are now ravaging the forward group.
Look the Chicago Blackhawks were not going to make the playoffs with this roster. It was on the fringes of maybe (with a key emphasis on maybe) of sneaking into a wild card spot if fully healthy. Injuries have removed the maybe of making the playoffs and have the Hawks at the bottom of the Central Division.
During the middle of December, it was the blue line that was ravaged by injuries. Now, it is the forwards.
Anthony Beauvillier left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. NBC Sports Chicago's Charlie Roumeliotis reported after the game that Beauvillier was wearing a brace/cast on his left wrist. Colin Blackwell also briefly left the game with an injury, but thankfully he returned.
The Hawks already placed Taylor Raddysh (out with a groin injury) and Tyler Johnson (injured right foot) on injured reserve on the road trip. Joey Anderson went on IR on December 27th and Andres Athanasiou has been on injured reserve since December 6th.
If Beauvillier is going to miss time, that would be five forwards who normally skate on the top three lines out. Attrition has made winning nearly impossible every night.