News that Patrick Sharp is expected to miss three to four weeks could not have come at a worse time for the Blackhawks.
They are in the mist of a four-game losing streak, with three of those losses coming on home ice. They have only collected three of a possible 12 points in the last six games while being shut out in two of them.
The defense is struggling, and the power play has only converted two of the last 28 chances.
Everyone talks about how important Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa are, but people forget that Patrick Sharp is right up there with those guys. He is a solid defense player which is why he plays on the penalty kill, and his 40 points this season (20 goals and 20 assists) speak for themselves on the offensive side of the ice.
While a trade could be in the works to help fill the hole left for Sharp it won't be enough. Some of the guys will need to step up.
Here are the guys I think need to the most.