Caught in essentially the most weird of roster predicaments, distracted by an assistant coach underneath investigation and going through a brutal sequence of top-tier opponents, the Blackhawks are nearing a brand new all-time low.
The Hawks may barely muster a scoring likelihood till rubbish time in a Four-Zero residence loss to the Blues on Monday. It was their sixth loss in seven video games and their third loss in 4 days, a stretch towards top-tier Central Division opponents by which they have been outscored 17-5.
“We performed three horrible video games,” Brent Seabrook stated. “It’s undoubtedly irritating once you’re on the market. Now we have to work via it. Now we have to be higher.”
The lineup the Hawks fielded Monday was shorthanded not solely because of the huge variety of lacking items — Robin Lehner felt in poor health and Andrew Shaw was dominated out with an undisclosed harm Monday morning, becoming a member of Duncan Keith, Dylan Strome and Drake Caggiula on the inactive checklist — but additionally due to an unlucky wage cap concern.
With 5 injured gamers however just one (Caggiula) harm sufficient to be positioned on long-term injured reserve, the one sort of IR that takes wage off the books, the Hawks didn’t have the cap area to recall a 12th ahead and subject a full lineup of 18 skaters.
They thus performed with solely 11 forwards and 6 defensemen, one thing that it’s believed no NHL group has needed to do because the Kings in an October 2014 matchup towards the Penguins.
The Kings misplaced that sport Three-Zero. The Hawks one-upped them Monday.
“I imply, we tried,” Jonathan Toews stated. “We weren’t executing, we weren’t doing these little issues proper once more. It simply makes the whole lot more durable on all 5 guys after we’re not making easy performs.”
Toews had scathing phrases for the Hawks’ unity on the ice, which led to 38 pictures on objective equating to zero precise objectives within the group’s first residence shutout loss since January 2018.
“Now we have to search out methods to…have 5 guys collectively within the image, serving to one another out within the puck space,” he stated. “We’re simply form of looping via areas. We’re simply separate and we’re everywhere. You’re certain to make errors.”
The entire evening was overshadowed by the Hawks’ announcement a half-hour earlier than puck drop that assistant coach Marc Crawford can be away from the group indefinitely whereas being investigated for abusing gamers at prior teaching stops.
Even on the ice, although, the efficiency was completely subpar.
Patrick Kane noticed his level streak lastly finish at 15 consecutive video games. Alex DeBrincat, in the meantime, noticed his objective drought prolong to 12 consecutive video games. Corey Crawford conceded 4 objectives on 30 pictures. The facility play produced nothing harmful over two alternatives and is now in a Three-for-27 skid.
The ugliness goes on and on, and it’s displaying within the standings. The Hawks, on the cusp of a wild card spot just some weeks in the past, are actually entrenched in final place within the division.
On extra fronts than one, the scenario is turning into dire.
“We’ve obtained to do a greater job of getting ready ourselves,” Jeremy Colliton stated. “As a training workers, we’ve obtained to search out the fitting button to get our guys to come back out from the start and play the best way we have to.”