The Chicago Blackhawks Offense Has Been Non-Existent Over the Past Three Games

Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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Scoring has become a challenge for the Chicago Blackhawks since rookie phenom Connor Bedard went down with a fractured jaw.

There was some promise that the Blackhawks offense would survive Bedard’s absence when the Hawks scored four goals in their game without Connor.

Since that victory over the Calgary Flames, the Blackhawks have scored three goals over their past three games. The result has been three-straight defeats.

Goalie Petr Mrazek has done his best to keep the Hawks in those games, but it hard to beat the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, and the Dallas Stars when you only score one goal against them in those contests.

Although goals were not easy to come by for the Hawks when Bedard was on the ice since the team has consistently ranked in the bottom of the league in goals per game. The offense is also in the bottom five of the NHL in shooting percentage.

Not having a player who accounts for 15% of the scoring is going to be tough to overcome. Add in Nick Foligno, Tyler Johnson, and Taylor Raddysh being on injured reserve, and you got 38% of your scoring on IR.

Getting the puck on net has been inconsistent these last three games although to be fair the Hawks have played the top defensive team in the Jets during that stretch. Dallas and Edmonton are also in the league’s top 15.

Not cashing in on high-danger chances has contributed to this three-game losing streak. The Blackhawks had six high-danger chances against the Oilers and eight against the Stars. The Hawks cashed in just twice.

The Jets more than doubled the Hawks high danger chances (12-6), but only cashed in once. That is darn good for the defense, but the offense did not convert a goal. The Oilers won 2-1 thanks to cashing in on their four high-danger chances.

What is disappointing is the Hawks had an xGF of 2.42 to 1.13 against the Stars and still lost. They had a high xGF against the Oilers too.

The bounces not going the Hawks' way have also contributed to this scoring drought.

The offense has a chance to get right in their next game as they get to take on the San Jose Sharks who are giving up over four goals a game. Time to score some goals in that one.

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