Originally Posted by MikeThierry
Well, generally I am happy when a heated rival starts losing but what the Blackhawks are going through is not laughable. What the heck is going on with your team? How did the wheels fall off?
This is a better summary than I would have analyzed as to the Hawks issues:
The summary is, that although the Blackhawks special teams have been laughably bad (teams are outshooting us on a 3 to 1 basis on special teams!), the Blackhawks are still such an elite even strength team that they would solidly be a playoff team with simply league average goaltending.
In total, the Hawks goaltending is issue #1, 2, and 3. Fix that and Chicago is alive again.
Fixing the PP and PK, will help, although, only marginally in comparison (which is saying a lot because the special teams have been realllllly bad). I think that essentially comes down to coaching, you would think the talent is in place. It's just a matter of playing the right strategies and putting the players in situations that fit their strengths.
I just hope the Hawks management is not as stubborn and adverse to change as they have appeared to date...