Time is ticking for Blackhawks to right the ship after worst start in 20 years

Time is ticking for Blackhawks to right the ship initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Blackhawks talked all training school long about how crucial it would be to leave to a strong start entering into the 2021-22 season. We’re not even a week and a half in and it’s been anything however that.

In reality, it’s been the precise reverse.

After losing 4-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, the Blackhawks was up to 0-4-1 and are off to their worst start because the 1999-2000 season when they went winless through their very first 8 video games (0-4-4-0). They’re starting to lack words to describe the dreadful start.

“Obviously frustrating, but can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” stated Patrick Kane, who’s event for his 1,000th NHL video game was ruined by the loss. “Got to find a way to dig ourselves out of a hole.”

The Blackhawks have actually played 300:57 of hockey up until now and have actually not held a single lead. It’s the very first time in franchise history they have actually gone this long without doing so to begin a season.

The Blackhawks have actually likewise quit the very first objective in 5 successive contests. The reality they keep playing from behind is a significant reason they stay winless.

“Obviously you score the first goal, it’s a different game,” head coach Jeremy Colliton stated. “They got it and we battled back and then we couldn’t get the next one. It’s hard to chase. It’s hard to chase the game. We got to find a way to break through.”

The Blackhawks’ only objective on Thursday began the power play, which has actually discovered the back of the web in 4 of 5 video games this season. That’s a plus. However their even-strength battles continued, which has actually ended up being a disconcerting issue.

Throughout 5-on-5 play, the Blackhawks have actually scored just 3 objectives in 5 video games. They have actually enabled 17. That’s an objective differential of -14.

Maybe a lot more aggravating? 2 nights after enabling less than 5 high-danger possibilities in a video game for just the 2nd time in the Colliton period, the Blackhawks quit just 3 high-danger possibilities in 45:56 of 5-on-5 action. They were fantastic defensively. 

And yet the combined rating over the last 2 video games: 8-2.

“In there, we know we have a good team, we know we can control the pace,” Kane stated. “We’ve shown that, especially the last couple games. We know we can do it. It’s just putting it together. I think we’re pretty upbeat, as upbeat as you can be for being 0-4-1. You can’t really think about the record too much. I know it’s hard to do that, but if we find ourselves winning just one game it would be a pretty good feeling.”

In Some Way, the Blackhawks are discovering methods to remain favorable. However it’s tough to think things are that calm inside the dressing space. As the losses accumulate, the Blackhawks are, no doubt, feeling more pressure to get a win, even if it’s an unsightly one. It’s difficult not to. 

And while it might still be incredibly early, the ticking on the clock is getting louder and louder to right the ship prior to the Blackhawks are required to reassess exactly what isn’t working and make the needed modifications.

“You want to get that first win,” Kane stated. “It’s never a good thing starting out behind the eight ball. You definitely want to find ways to have a good start to the season, and I think we can still do that. We can still turn it around and have a good start after 20 games and feel good about ourselves. It’s just a day at a time, a game at time and try and get that first win.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.