The honeymoon is officially over for the Chicago Blackhawks.
It was great while it lasted, but gone are the days when the Hawks could score 6 goals or more every night, as they did in three straight games in December. As Chicago approaches the Olympic break just over halfway through the season, they’re starting to look like a mediocre hockey club at best. A delayed Stanley Cup hangover apparently has struck, and created problems that have been made particularly apparent in January:
The Blackhawks are back home in the United Center for a game before embarking on 4-game road trip, hosting the Winnipeg Jets. It’ll be their fourth and last match-up, and the second one at home for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks won all three past contests and will be raring to go tomorrow, wanting to bounce back from their past two games, which were losses for Chicago - but the Jets are also hoping to bounce back from a recent loss. They’ve been having a great streak since changing coaches, but their last contest against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday ended in a loss for Winnipeg.
The Blackhawks haven't lost many games in regulation this season, nor do they drop many games in the tail end of back-to-back games.
Tonight in Minnesota, they did both, losing 2-1 to the Wild in regulation after playing at Detroit last night.
Chicago looked lackluster in the first period - not surprising, as travel delays out of Detroit after a six-round shootout meant they didn't get to their St. Paul hotel until 3 a.m. Though they had some stretches of pressure in the Wild's end, they were outhit, outshot, and most importantly, outscored.
The Wild's first goal came from Jason Pominville, who continues to collect career points against the Blackhawk...
The Red Wings and the Blackhawks met again on Wednesday night, and though the two teams are now in different conferences and meet just twice a year, the rivalry was as intense as ever. The Red Wings came from behind to secure the win in a thrilling 5-4 SO victory, with Darren Helm scoring the deciding goal in the shootout.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead at 8:41 of the first, when Marian ...
The Blackhawks (32-8-11) are playing the first game of a back-to-back against the Red Wings (21-18-10) on Wednesday, in Detroit, before going to Minnesota to play the Wild on Thursday. The Hawks are coming off a shootout win against Boston on Sunday, one that saw Patrick Kane score his first shootout goal of the season. It will be the first meeting this season for the Blackhawks and Red Wings, since Detroit was moved to the Eastern conference.
The Red Wings have faced some issues this season, with an onslaught of injurie...
The Blackhawks (31-8-11) are fresh off of a much-needed win against the red-hot Ducks, but they won’t get much rest before turning around to face the Boston Bruins (30-15-2) in a rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final. This will be the teams’ first meeting since the Hawks scored twice in 17 seconds to win the cup June 24th, 2013.
If there is anything that can break a team out of a slump and midseason doldrums it’s beating the best team in the NHL at least statistically, and that is exactly what the Hawks did. In a couple of recent games the Hawks may have been out worked but not on this night.
The Hawks proved once again that they can not only play with the best they can come out on top and are in fact the best until they are dethroned. This game was important for the Hawks for several reasons. They needed to show that they can work the boards with the best of them. The game was virtually a four point game in the Western Conference Standings and closed the gap between the two teams. Lastly, the Anaheim...
The Chicago Blackhawks (30-8-11, 1st in Central) haven't always "played sixty" this season. Much of the time, their talent and offensive skills have carried them through to wins - or at least points.
However, the Blackhawks are just 4-1-5 in their past 10 games, and they are coming off Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss versus the Avalanche. Friday, they will be facing the high-flying Ducks (36-8-5, 1st in league), who are on a 7-game winning streak -- and who absolutely obliterated the Canucks 9-1 on Anaheim ice Wednesday night.
There's no kind words to describe what happened in Anaheim last night. The only players not to record points were Cam Fowler...
Sometimes, you need your goalie to steal a win for you, and that's what the Colorado Avalanche got out of Semyon Varlamov tonight at the United Center versus the Blackhawks.
Varlamov made 46 of 48 saves (.958 sv%) on a night where the Avs started a player short, and lost a defenseman early in the third. Colorado has a handful of players on IR, including PA Parenteau and Alex Tanguay, but despite that, they've been 5-1-1 in the new year. Their goalie has been a big part of that.
In that same stretch, the Blackhawks have gone just 2-1-4; so their silver lining is that they continue to eke out points in losses and remain in the top three of the Central division....