Do the Blackhawks suck?


Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 30, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Natalie Abramat, News editor

The Chicago Blackhawks are currently struggling to maintain leadership in the playing field. They’ve been having an on and off season thus far and recently just ended the New York Rangers seven game streak. However, there has been much controversy over the team. The players haven’t been doing well with their lines of defense, and the Blackhawks Goalie, Corey Crawford, hasn’t been playing his best lately. Ever since the NHL draft in June, it seems as if the Blackhawks were better off with the players they had before.

     The recent win against the Rangers has been a bit promising. Artem Anisimov scored his first NHL hat trick that night, along with rookies Alex DeBrincat and John Hayden. As much as the new kids to the team try, it may not be enough. Right now the Blackhawks stand fifth in the central division. The fans are completely frustrated that the Blackhawks haven’t been pushing themselves to try and catch up. There are many issues that the Blackhawks are facing with their play in the game during the season, such as puck control.

     Recently, the players have been having an issue getting control over the puck. Even if the beginning game of the season against the penguins was a complete success, it doesn’t mean every team will be that easy to beat. Their shooting also ties into control with the puck. The game against the Ranger showcased Patrick Kane’s amazing stick work, however he was unable to score the backhander in order to get the Blackhawks back to where they needed to be. Another big issue they seem to face is their power play strategy. The Blackhawks only have a thirteen percent chance in the power play, which is incredibly low. The players and strategies used in the power play have often been ineffective. Many of the players are reluctant to shoot at the net and often wait too long to make a move.

     Despite all of the issues they face, the question still remains whether the Blackhawks have a chance at making it to the playoffs this year. Right now, it seems it won’t be possible. If the Blackhawks can improve their offense and defensive lines to support the goalie and wings, then they may have a chance at a comeback. The Blackhawks will need to support one another in the coming games in order to get the points they need. After all, they always say, a setback is a chance for a comeback.