Offense starting to be a worry

Offense starting to be a worry

Posted by TimS on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 00:34
Buffalo, N.Y. - The Blackhawks made another goalie look like Terry Sawchuk on Friday night. Patrick Lalime? You thought the Hawks caught a break when Sabres coach Lindy Ruff decided to rest Ryan Miller and start Lalime with his 4.54 goals-against average and .836 save percentage. But the Hawks are in such a funk offensively that it didn't matter. The Hawks lost 2-1 a game they should have won. That’s 10 goals scored in the last seven games. "That's a team that's beatable, in my opinion, and we just didn't play well enough coming in here," Jonathan Toews said. The Hawks had 40 shots on goal, but Toews, Brian Campbell and Patrick Kane all agreed that the quality chances are missing. The Hawks are playing too much on the perimeter, letting goalies see shots with little or no traffic. Kane hasn't scored in nine games. Patrick Sharp has 3 goals in 17 games. There's no secondary scoring coming from Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer, John Madden (a combined no goals in 21 games), the defense isn't jumping into the play and the fourth line is borderline awful. I'm still willing to give Marian Hossa the benefit of the doubt, but are the Hawks paying him $7.5 million this season to cycle pucks? Hossa's not going to score 30 goals from along the boards. Coach Joel Quenneville threatened more line shakeups for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay. It seems we've been there and done that. Perhaps GM Stan Bowman needs to seriously consider finding a true No. 2 center. There were 15 scouts listed on the seating chart at HSBC Arena for Friday’s game. Were they there to watch the Hawks? There are whispers that defenseman Cam Barker is definitely available.
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