The Chicago Blackhawks are not the worst team in the National Hockey League on paper. They are, however, one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to production. It is a top-heavy group that just can’t find a way to consistently win games this season. The excuses about the bad GM and bad coach were valid but they are gone now.
Their most recent issue came on Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes. According to the NHL standing, those Yotes are actually the worst team in the league. Most rational NHL people would probably have them ranked 32 in the power rankings if they were to make a list.
Arizona hosted the Blackhawks and defeated them by a final score of 6-4. They allowed Johan Larsson to have his first career hat trick which powered the Coyotes to a big win. It was a bad start for the Hawks as they found themselves down 0-2 early,
Chicago did battle back and make it a game but it ended up not being close enough. The Hawks losing streak is now at six games (0-4-2) as they haven’t won since before the COVID/Christmas pause. They need to end this streak badly but it wouldn’t come in this one.
Jonathan Toews had a remarkable game which is always a positive. The early portion of the season was tough on the captain but he has battled through. Now, he is starting to get back into form which is great to see. He had a goal and an assist in the loss.
Another player who deserves recognition is Alex DeBrincat. This kid just can’t stop scoring. He is one of the best goal scorers in the entire National Hockey League. After this goal, his 21st, he is tied with Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and Troy Terry of the Anaheim Ducks for third in the league.
They only trail Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. If the Hawks continue to keep DeBrincat with Patrick Kane on the power play, they will continue to rack up the points.
The Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t even beat the worst team in the league.
Now, for the sad part. The Chicago Blackhawks are done. They won’t be mathematically eliminated from postseason contention until very late in the season but they are by all accounts finished. They trail the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference by 11 points which are going to be impossible to make up.
They couldn’t even beat the Coyotes who have a -54 goal differential now and only have 17 standings points which are by far the worst in the conference. It is sad that this is what the season has come to but they have to beat the Coyotes if they want to make up for the bad parts of the year.
Without being able to do that, they are toast. Making up five points in the standings is borderline impossible so now that they are over double-digit points out, you can kiss them goodbye when the regular season ends.