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After going winless in their past eight games, in which they were outscored 35 to 15, one has to question whether the Chicago Blackhawks are a legitimate cup contender.
The Blackhawks started the season scorching hot, getting points in nine of their first 11 contests, and they were 29-13-6 before this most recent losing streak.
So what has gone wrong in Chicago?
Well there isn’t one answer to that question. There are a number of serious problems in Chi-town that need to be addressed immediately if they have any chance of making a run at their second cup in three years, a point also made this morning by Tyler in his piece “3 Things The Blackhawks Must Do Immediately.”
I perceive there to be three glaring problems that must be resolved through trade or internally. The three problems are:
Depth on Defense
Problem 1: Killing Penalties
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The Hawks rank 28th in the league in Penalty Killing, ahead of only the Leafs and the lowly Colu...
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7:00 PM CT – Blackhawks (29-20-7) @ Predators (32-18-6)Players to watch:CHI- Marian HossaHossa had a big effort the last time the ‘Hawks were in Nashville, but has gone pointless in six games since the break.NSH- Patric HornqvistHornqvist has been consistent since the middle of last month, picking up at least a point in eight of his last nine games.Starting goaltenders:CHI- Ray...
The message was simple. If the Nashville Predators won tonight, they would have a seven point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings. If they lost, Chicago would be within three.
In short, Nashville needed a win.
In front of 16,592 at Bridgestone Arena, the Preds did just that. With a 3-2 win, they dealt the Blackhawks their ninth loss in a row on Tuesday...
Steve Rosenbloom: The Blackhawks' problem isn t Joel Quenneville. It s the players, both those who are here and those who aren t. The Hawks best players are some of their worst. See the power play for details.
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman gave coach Joel Quenneville a vote of confidence on Monday, despite the team's eight-game winless streak.
Chicago Blackhawks 29-20-7
Nashville Predators 32-18-6
David Legwand, pictured here taking a faceoff against Jeff Halpern of the Washington Capitals, has 51 points against the Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks have lost their last 8 games, dating back to the back-to-back contests they lost against the Nashville Predators January 21st and 24th. In fact, the...
Evander Kane is an excellent young hockey player. He always has been, from his time with the Vancouver Giants to his Natt Cooke knockout punch. He is also 20 years old, and playing in a market that is absolutely insane with happiness regarding the fact that they have an NHL team again. It's understandable that Winnipeg Jets fans are excited about having a guy on their team...
Just one game after being a healthy scratch, Predators rookie defenseman Ryan Ellis picked up a goal and an assist in Nashville’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Rookie Ryan Ellis picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena
In 20 games, Ellis has 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points. Tuesday night’s goal came with only...
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Right now, the Chicago Blackhawks are on an epic slide going 0-7-1 in their last eight games. This stumble began with a back-to-back matchup against the Predators where Nashville won both games and has loomed large over the Blackhawks going into tonight.
Nashville has been mediocre since the All-Star break with a 2-2-2 record. Rinne has...
NASHVILLE -- The Chicago Blackhawks look to snap their eight-game losing skid against a team that is responsible for two of the defeats.
The Blackhawks are winless in their last eight and several key players have been slumping along with the team. Will something happen by the Feb. 27 trade deadline? (NBC Sports)
The Chicago Blackhawks tailspin into the Garden Thursday night on a nine-game losing streak to face the Rangers, who lead the Eastern Conference by nine points and just shut out the reigning Stanley Cup champions on the road.
The Nashville Predators earned a pair of wins over the Chicago Blackhawks just before the All-Star break, but they haven't been pleased with their play since then. The Predators' three-game skid, however, pales in comparison with the Blackhawks' recent struggles.
They'll seek to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season Tuesday night when they host...