Hawks looking very ordinary

Hawks looking very ordinary

Posted by TimS on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 01:30
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Blackhawks need to wake up and snap out of it starting Friday night in Denver. A pretty good start to the season has turned into an ordinary 8-5-1 record. The Red Wings had a bad month of October and yet here they are tied with the Hawks with 17 points, 1 behind first-place Columbus. What's happened to the offense? The Hawks have scored 11 goals in the last six games and not more than 3 in a game since Oct. 14. And it's not all because the power play is 2-for-32 after a 0-for-6 performance in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Coyotes. Only Patrick Sharp (6) and Dustin Byfuglien (5) have scored more than 4 goals. Patrick Kane needs to step up. Byfuglien has looked more like the inconsistent Byfuglien from last season. Sharp is up and down. Andrew Ebbett is not cutting it by any means and could be back on waivers soon. And why is Jordan Hendry still playing wing? General manager Stan Bowman said the other day it wasn’t a money issue, not recalling a forward from Rockford. Sorry, don’t buy it. Every time the Hawks dress Hendry as a forward they are not putting their best lineup on the ice. After next week's four-game homestand the schedule gets really tough with six in a row on the road. Heck, the Hawks are only 4 points ahead of Nashville. The Hawks were plain bad against the Coyotes and deserved to lose. They missed the net with shots 15 times, including breakaways by Sharp and Kane. Cristobal Huet let in a soft goal. Brian Campbell made a turnover that led to a goal. They were outhit by the Coyotes 25-16. "I think our game had a lot of holes in it, be it technically or energy wise," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We need something to ignite our offense and the power play is probably the place to start."
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