More significant than the Blackhawks being swept in a season series is why it has happened.
The Ducks, like a handful of others in the Western Conference can prevent the Hawks from playing their preferred style. It is apparent the Ducks take them out of their comfort zone as the Hawks can’t control the pace.
Friday night the Blackhawks held their own in the opening period but the players that kept the pressure on the Ducks were the bottom six forwards. It’s good there are two lines that can play a dump/chip and chase game but versus the Ducks they need four lines. With Hossa and Sharp in the lineup the top two lines can play with a more determined effort, but the Hawks will still be challenged.
Teams like the Ducks, Kings, Canucks, Blues and Predators can play a tighter, close checking game that will take away the Blackhawks speed. For the most part, those clubs can play the same way during the regular season and in the playoffs. There is no denying at this point the Hawks aren’t as comfortable playing that type of game.
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