It's no secret that the Chicago Blackhawks are frustrated after back-to-back losses against their arch-rival, the Detroit Red Wings. Add in the fact that they'll play essentially a must-win Game 4 tonight in Detroit, trailing 2-1 in the series, and you've got a lethal mixture on your hands.
But it's still not time to panic for the Blackhawks and their fans; like in any sport, it's time to make some much-needed adjustments.
It's not to take anything away from the young, talented Red Wings, who've been impressive in the last two games of the series. But when both teams play their game, there is no question that Chicago is better. The Blackhawks proved that during the regular season, sweeping the Wings 4-0, but the playoffs are a different animal, one that Chicago hasn't quite been able to tame yet.
Still, with two off days separating a frustrating Game 3 loss and tonight's Game 4, Joel Quenneville should have his team prepared with a must-win attitude, bringing with it the needed intensity of the moment. There's a difference between being intense and competitive and intense and over-aggressive, however, and not knowing the difference has already cost Chicago at times in the series.
With so much pressure on Chicago to win tonight, and with the mindset among the players no doubt that they'll want to do so in statement-making fashion, the right adjustments must be made by Quenneville and the Hawks.
Here's a list of do's and don'ts that, if executed properly, should lead to Chicago evening up the series at 2-2 tonight.