The Chicago Blackhawks are really struggling to not be a terrible defensive team.
The Chicago Blackhawks are a bad hockey team. They were projected by many to be one of the worst teams going into the season but it appears to be worse than we thought. You can’t overreact to just three games but you can be concerned about what has happened in the early going. In three games played so far this season, they have given up five goals in each game for a total of 15 goals against. They have a combined five goals total in those three games that they gave up 15 combined.
The problem is that for this season, it isn’t going to get much better. The roster that has been constructed is not good at all. Stan Bowman has been very unclear about the direction of the organization but this roster isn’t going to win anything. Not everyone they play is going to be as good as the Tampa Bay Lightning but the Florida Panthers faired just as well. Florida is a good team but they aren’t world beaters by any means. You would think they were with the way they played against the Hawks.