Blackhawks: All or Nothing Against Detriot

 

TCL Blackhawks

CHI v DET: Game 5

5/25/13

 

 

The Chicago Blackhawks must win tonight.  

 

The seventh seeded Detroit Red Wings have the the number one Hawks by their heels with a 3-1 lead in the seven game series.  The Blackhawks have not managed more than one goal per game since their 4-1 win to open the series and have struggled to generate much of anything offensively. 

 

Last Four Games:

 

Date

Visitor/Home

Final

May 23, 2013 (Game 4)

CHI @ DET

DET, 2-0

May 20, 2013 (Game 3)

CHI @ DET

DET, 3-1

May 18, 2013 (Game 2)

DET @ CHI

DET, 4-1

May 15, 2013 (Game 1)

DET @ CHI

CHI, 4-1

 

 

The Blackhawks are in a very unfamiliar position heading into tonight’s matchup.  Back at home in the Windy City, the team that was once reveled as a juggernaut earlier this season has no option other than to get a win tonight to stay alive in this series.  

 

You can blame the power play, the Blackhawks are 1 in 12 for for power play opportunities this series, but the offensive game as a whole has not been delivering for the Chicago side, even on the 5-on-5. 

 

Patrick Kane is the only Hawk to register goals in the last three games, even with Captain Jonathan Toews leading in shot attempts.  Toews has yet to score a goal in the postseason. 

 

The biggest wall between the Blackhawks and a shot at victory is the wall in front of the Red Wings’ net.  Jimmy Howard has been outstanding in goal this series, letting up only two goals in the last three games and recorded his second career playoff shutout in Game 4. 

 

For the Blackhawks to win tonight, the team has to function as a complete unit.  No one player can be pointed to for the win or the loss.  Chicago must improve on all fronts, the face-off, the power play, clogging their defensive zone, and driving to the net with speed.  

 

There are no second chances left.  It’s all or nothing for the Blackhawks tonight.

 

Puck drops at 7:00pm CST.