After watching the Blackhawks performance in St. Louis, the summary is pretty simple.
It was a perfect storm in St. Louis. Jaroslav Halak found his game after a rough start to the season, the Blues played a hard, physical game to impress their new coach, and the Blackhawks allowed the Blues to bring the game to them.
One team was aggressive, and it wasn’t Chicago.
Coach Joel Quenneville dressed Rostislav Olesz for the third time this year and John Scott in his fifth contest of the season. They both skated over 11 minutes on Tuesday night.
When putting together a winning formula for a divisional NHL game, nothing in the previous two sentences is part of the equation.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks power play is now officially ranked last in the NHL.
In the last 120 minutes of hockey, the Blackhawks have looked as bad as possible.
And yet the Blackhawks still have 19 points, and will sit no lower than fourth place in the Western Conference when the sun comes up on Wednesday.
Is the world ending? No. Is there a lot to fix? Yes. The first step might be dumping Olesz and putting someone who can play in the NHL (cough… Ben Smith… cough…) on the NHL roster.