The expectations for the Chicago Blackhawks were extremely high, and likely unfair, this season. The team was coming off a historic and exciting Stanley Cup win. Fans knew some players had to leave, but they still expected a contending team.
They didn't get one.
The Hawks struggled early on, never able to permanently break the .500 cycle. The recent weeks have been favorable to the Hawks, but a 3-0 loss to Vancouver Friday night could only have frustrated the Hawk players.
The reason for the Hawks' woes haven't entirely been because of the loss of players. Sure, you can contribute a good chunk of that to it, but what really hits the nail in the coffin is some players are seriously underachieving and it's costing the team.