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Columnist to Blackhawks fans: Be careful what you wish for

Apr 2, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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Chicago Tribune columnist Steve Rosenbloom has a message for Blackhawks fans: You’re “crazy” if you’re hoping the ‘Hawks finish sixth in the Western Conference and get the Pacific Division champion in the first round instead of Detroit or Nashville.

First of all, the Hawks don’t have a winning record this season against any of the possible Pacific champs. They went 1-3 against Los Angeles and Phoenix, and 2-2 against Dallas and San Jose.

Maybe it’s me, but it’s hard to understand the smug act about Pacific opponents when you can’t find even one that you beat regularly.

What’s more — and what’s more important in the playoffs — all four Pacific possibilities have better goaltending than the Hawks.

Old friend Antti Niemi has a 2.39 goals-against average and .915 save percentage for San Jose. Compare that with Corey Crawford’s bloated 2.87 and painful .902.

Rosenbloom also rips the Blackhawks for going 15-13-4 since mid-January, though he fails to mention they’re 7-1-2 in their last 10.

But he’s right about two things:

—- The Pacific Division winner won’t be a pushover.

—- The ‘Hawks should be worried about their goaltending. Crawford had a nice stretch in the first three weeks of March, but he’s had a couple of mediocre outings since. Overall his numbers remain poor compared to the rest of the starters in the Western Conference.

  1. govtminion - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    I was kind of hoping the Hawks would tank it a little near the end of the season and drop to 8th… not that I have anything against Chicago, but I really was hoping they’d get the Canucks to start everything off.

    • danphipps01 - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      Sans Daniel Sedin and with Kesler having fallen far back down to Earth, ending in eighth is sounding pretty attractive right now. Lord knows this is the only possible scenario where Chicago would enjoy a favourable goaltending matchup – assuming Luongo does his usual Chicago thing, anyway.

  2. vshehane - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The Hawks also have a pitiful 1 of 5 record against the Preds. There is no position that looks favorable for them.

  3. conjuice - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I’m pretty sure Hawks fans just don’t want to see Nashville in the first round. They have played dreadful against them this year.

  4. shwoogy1 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Steve Rosenbloom is the worst columnist in this city. Maybe even nationwide. Take what he says with a grain of salt. All of us hawks fans know already that we need an enforcer and play better D to get anywhere in the playoffs. We don’t expect much out this team this year with the roster the way it is…

    • rarelyshaves - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      so you havent watched any hawks games since october…

  5. shwoogy1 - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I’ve watched plenty of games and you know you see the same things I see. Poor defense and a lot of poor passing. Don’t get me wrong, they are good. Just not good enough. IMO

    • rarelyshaves - Apr 3, 2012 at 6:46 AM

      i dont know what you think is wrong with the passing… turnovers maybe.

      yeah the d could tighten up some, but so could everybody’s. goaltending needs to be better, but alot of energy and toughness with the new guys

  6. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Rosenbloom’s a douche.

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