After the best effort of the road trip, the Blackhawks once again wound up on the wrong end of the scoreboard, losing 3-2 in Nashville.
But it could be worse…
The Hawks probably would like to be one with a point in the standings some time soon, as the frustration level is reaching a boiling point in Chicago. But there were a couple positives in the loss on Tuesday night.
Rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen has gained enough of coach Joel Quenneville’s confidence that he skated 21:49 in the game. He was credited with one hit and one shot on goal, and skated more than two minutes on penalty killing duty.
The Hawks were perfect while down a skater, killing all three Nashville penalties. Chicago also held Nashville to only 19 shots in the game, the lowest number during the losing streak.
But when the lights were turned off and the buses left Bridgestone Arena, the Blackhawks had dropped a ninth straight game. The loss, while not moving Chicago lower than sixth in the Western Conference, does move them into a tie with Los Angeles for that position.
The Blackhawks are now just three points ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the West, and four points out of ninth. On Thursday night, the Hawks play at the best team in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers.