The Chicago Blackhawks really need to fix their defensive play or 2020-21 will be the same.
The Chicago Blackhawks were a poor team more often than not in 2019-20. They had guys like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik, and the goaltenders play well enough where they squeaked into the return to play format that the NHL put in as a result of the COVID-19 pause. That doesn’t mean that there are some major issues with this team and the biggest one is the defense and play in their own end. They were legit one of the worst looking defensive teams in the history of the NHL’s playoffs.
They were absolutely clueless defensively against the Vegas Golden Knights. In the series before against the Edmonton Oilers, it was more of a run and gun series and they were able to score enough to shadow the bad defensive play. That wasn’t the case in Vegas because they have better structure, better defenseman, and better goaltending. The Blackhawks looked like a mess as Vegas continued to attack in waves and there was nothing the Hawks could do about it.