Well, set your mind at ease. It was never supposed to be the year for the Blackhawks to win it all. It is a rebuilding year: youth in the line up and veterans teaching the youngsters.
No one likes to lose; everyone wants to have the bragging rights and be the best in the land.
Chicago fans are no different.
Now I say this: there are some players in the line up that need to choke up and grasp the reality that it's either in Chicago or your hockey days are basically over. That’s right, Robert Lang, Martin Lapointe and Yanic Perreault, accept the fact you’re in the NHL and playing for the Chicago Blackhawks. Fans love you guys and expect great things from you. You young players, grab ever bit of knowledge you can from these guys as it will be a valuable vault of wisdom that you learn.
The defense needs to pick up the pace: play your positions and protect your netminder.
There have been several games during this eight game losing streak that a little more defense would have given you a victory. Chicago’s defense is not ranked that bad and there is just some positional error and one can bet Coach Denis Savard is addressing those issues.
Blackhawks netminder Khabibulin needs to be a little more responsible and control rebounds a little better. No one should blame this losing streak on him, especially if the defense was in position to clear the loose pucks. Khabibulin's save percentage is at .898% and that’s towards the back of the pack. Khabibulin is a top goalie in the NHL and without support in front any goaltender would put up those kind of numbers.
Injuries: are there some on the current IR list that could be playing? I would bet so.
It’s time for this team to comes together and play as a unit like they did at the beginning of the season. Not one person is going to turn the team around. It's team play that wins and I just don’t see that in Chicago right now.
Times appear to be heading into the seasons of past and the fans have just a bit of time to hold on, as several players on the IR list are close to returning. After the All Star break, this team should return to the winning column. The Blackhawks are a break here and there to turn things around.
They have been in almost every game. It's just a matter of finishing.
Look for things to start turning around for Chicago.