This has to be sounding like the same old same old, but unfortunately for months a similar story has surfaced. On the bright side, well maybe a less cloudy side, the pretense appears over.
This season the Blackhawks have pulled fans along with the hope that eventually all will be well. It wasn’t intentional deceit but the reality is the Hawks have been only pretending to be an upcoming playoff qualifier.
The main reason for loyalists to hold out hope was because many Western Conference clubs seemed to be no better. Eventually if pushed came to shove the Hawks winning experience and top end talent would be the difference which would lead to a playoff berth.
In my mind it’s officially time to stop the charade. This team is not good enough to qualify for post season play.
Let me be clear, it is still possible for the Hawks to earn around 30 points in the next 24 games. But it is time to understand they have not been able to play consistently at that pace this season. Even if this group was able to get smoking hot to conclude the regular season, their playoff participation probably wouldn’t last long.
On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were able to squeeze out a win versus the Minnesota Wild. The stars lined up as the Wild played the night before. They did not bring their “A” game and the Hawks appeared determined not to lose.
The truth is the Hawks can’t continually bring their own “A” game and thus don’t appear determined enough when the going gets tough. Everyone seems to have reasons why, but regardless the above statement holds true.
To cut down on the ojida Blackhawk fans should simplify matters…
The 2010-2011 Hawks are just not good enough.
On Friday evening the Blue Jackets skated into town with a five game win streak. Columbus came away with a club record sixth consecutive win and did so with a short staff. To put an exclamation mark on the Hawks’ loss, the Jackets won the game without their third leading scorer and two solid defenders in the lineup.
The Blackhawks could not flip on the desperation switch during the second period when Columbus evened the score at two. To make matters worse, the Hawks blinked and the Jackets scored two more times. That’s correct, three consecutive goals were scored against a club which absolutely needed the win.
How could the Columbus Blue Jackets do that to the defending Stanley Cup Champs on home ice?
The Blue Jackets were successful because they knew what was needed and were all able to stay on the same page for sixty minutes. With some good goal tending and some fine special teams play the Jackets showed they were better last night. Don’t be surprised if the standings indicate the Jackets are also a better team after game 82. Wow, that was difficult to type.
Normally the Blue Jackets don’t have a very good power play, and their penalty killing unit is ranked near the bottom of the league. But last night Steve Mason outplayed Corey Crawford, the Hawks power play wasn’t able to convert and the Jackets did so. The end result was another United Center loss.
Crawford made some big stops but he wasn’t air tight. The Hawks defensemen can’t clear the front of the net. The less ‘talented’ clubs have no problem getting to the Hawks’ cage and they will pound away. If Crawford leaks a few rebounds the Blackhawks are in trouble.
Last night the home team scored pretty goals. Those scoring plays are nice to watch but they don’t happen enough so the Hawks can consistently win. To take the point a step further, winning a playoff round won’t occur by relying only on pretty goals.
What the Hawks have become is a one line team which needs to score on the power play to win games.
Blackhawk fans can massage it as you like, I have tried as well. But I always come away with the same conclusion.
This team isn’t good enough to consistently win and unless an epiphany occurs the defending Cup winners will miss the playoffs.
Maybe ending this season earlier than anticipated will be a good thing.
The boys can have a long summer to rest and to ponder the highs and lows of professional sports.
The front office can take a little more time to get an effective plan in place to retool the club for next season.
If the Bowman’s think the current group is of true playoff caliber…….Trouble.
I really do hope down deep management realizes this is a disjointed team which needs more than a little a tweaking.
The Hawk front office won’t have as much time off this summer as the players.
If John Scott wasn’t in the lineup last night….Do you think Jared Boll would have thrown a more vicious elbow to the head of Brian Campbell?
As it was, Boll almost put Campbell’s head through the glass in the beginning of the second period.
Scott skated a total of four shifts (2:18) the entire game. Only one shift came in the second period, which was after the Boll elbowing penalty.
It has been apparent Scott can’t be trusted to play in the third period of close games. Actually it is more accurate to say after the first period of close games.
At this point in the season….Why does Scott dress?
Boll had seven shifts after his flagrant elbow to Campbell’s skull….
Forget about Scott who was planted at the end of the bench, but I didn’t see any Blackhawk player touch Boll.
Like I said, some retooling needs to be done this summer. No player fears the Blackhawks.
As was discussed here a few weeks ago …………Erik Johnson was available.
The Blues and Av’s have had disappointing seasons and they hooked up in a big trade.
The main pieces were….
St. Louis traded Johnson, who never lived up to expectations, to Colorado for power forward Chris Stuart.
The Blues made a nice trade…..It’s not easy to find tough forwards with good hands.
As far as Blackhawk trade rumors….
The time to trade draft picks to acquire a player who would make a big difference was weeks ago. Back then it could have made sense, I wrote the same.
Maybe if the Hawks cling to hope and wait to the deadline Brent Sopel could resurface.
That trade would happen only if the Thrashers were out and Dudley deals for a late round draft pick and some spare parts. Maybe it would be more of a favor from Dudley so Sopel could go back home.
Now it is probably best to hold onto the second and third round picks and hope for a good draft.
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