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Dan Carcillo leads the Hawks with 45 PIM on the year.
Too many times throughout the Blackhawks' 2011-12 season have I seen a few individuals commit useless penalties that obviously don't help the team.
The two main guys I'm looking at are Viktor Stalberg and Daniel Carcillo, but they're certainly not the only guys committing these awfully-timed penalties.
Stalberg served 12 of his 16 penalties minutes of the season during the month of November, and those 12 minutes in the box were served over a ten game span. The Hawks lost four out of the six games that Stalberg was penalized in during November.
Out of Carcillo's 45 minutes in the box, 43 of those came during the month of November.
In addition to these two players, there have been a number of delay-of-game penalties committed by the Hawks at very inopportune times, such as Sean O'Donnell's in the Hawks' November 29th game against the Phoenix Coyotes. O'Donnell's delay of game penalty came in the second period when the Hawks were trailing just 2-0. Chicago lost that game 4-1.
Many of these penalties may not result in a goal for the opposition, but these situations don't give the Hawks a better opportunity to put the puck in the net. It's common sense—if the Hawks are shorthanded, they're more likely to give up a goal rather then score one.
The Blackhawks are one of the NHL's least penalized teams, averaging just over nine minutes per game, but it appears that the team's penalties come at the least opportune times, and that's a huge blow to a team's momentum. Momentum goes a long way during a game and especially throughout the entire season.