Mar 31, 2010, 12:14 PM EST
The Chicago Blackhawks better get things figured out in a hurry. They’ve won just twice in the last nine games, and stumbling your way into what is supposed to be a Stanley Cup run is not exactly what was expected of this team just a few months back.
Of course, now we’re at the point where Joel Quenneville is focusing on the ‘efforts’ of the players in bad losses, which is never a good sign for what’s supposed to be a dominant team.
“The approach was good,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “The attitude on
the bench and in the locker room (was) everybody worked hard. To play
like that is a sign that there’s some positive things coming.
don’t think we should be happy, (but) looking at it in the right frame
of mind is important and trying to be positive. If there’s anything
positive, it’s the pace of our game was quicker and better and more
effective. That was the positive we can take out of here knowing that
(Wednesday night against the Wild) is a big game as well. So let’s get
The Hawks are doing a lot of talking right now about doing the right thing, working hard…but it’s just not showing up on the ice.
Quenneville’s words echo as a coach who is a bit blind to what is happening with his team. They Blackhawks were far from good against the Blues; perhaps what this team needs is a swift dose of a reality check.
They aren’t guaranteed success in the playoffs, and with the cap issues Chicago will have next season this might be the best chance they have a Stanley Cup. You can talk about effort all you want, but that doesn’t get anything done on the ice.
Just ask Marc Crawford and the Dallas Stars.
- Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do 0
- Rutherford: ‘Our guys felt very strongly about reacquiring’ Lovejoy 45
- Winners and losers of the 2015 trade deadline 71
- Giordano to have surgery, is ‘done for the season’ 22
- PHT’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker 36
- Ducks get their veteran d-man, adding Wisniewski from Columbus 15
- Lovejoy returns to Pittsburgh for Despres 52
- Wild get Stewart as Buffalo-to-Minnesota pipeline continues 55
- Jordan Leopold’s daughter may have orchestrated the Minnesota trade 17
- Wings get Zidlicky from Devils 74
- Wild beat Avs, dying seconds fight set stage for rematch (171)
- Petrovic: Chicago will ‘probably seek revenge’ for Kane injury tonight (82)
- Trade: Blackhawks acquire Vermette from Arizona for Dahlbeck, first rounder (74)
- Wings get Zidlicky from Devils (74)
- Winners and losers of the 2015 trade deadline (72)