The wheels are off. The milk’s gone bad. The Mayans were right.
2012 hates the Chicago Blackhawks.
On Saturday night, the Blackhawks lost for the eighth straight game. This time, they were shutout by the Phoenix Coyotes, and it was never close.
In the six games since the All-Star Break, Chicago has gone 0-5-1. What’s more concerning, though, is that the Hawks have been outscored 26-12 in those six games. The power play is 0-13 since the Break, and the penalty kill has only been able to handle 13 of 19 short-handed opportunities (68.4 percent).
All of those numbers can be summed up in one word: pathetic.
But it gets worse.
Everyone wants to point a finger at one person. Do we put it on the goaltenders? How about the coaches? Obviously the youngsters haven’t been playing well, right?
Look at what the Hawks have received, since the Break from these key forwards:
That’s eight points from nine forwards. Four players, including All-Star Marian Hossa, have yet to register a point since the Break.
The production from the blue line is equally bad.
To summarize: the Chicago Blackhawks have received 15 points from 17 players since the All-Star Break. Those 17 players are minus-45 combined in the last six contests.
Add to the lack of offense up front the awful play between the pipes, and the story just continues to roll downhill.
Corey Crawford has a .852 save percentage since the Break with an 0-2-1 record. Ray Emery is now 0-3-0 since the Break, with an equally frustrating .870 save percentage.
So how should the Blackhawks try to get out of this funk?