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Piling struggles in Chicago

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After a severely disappointing playoff exit last season, the Chicago Blackhawks looked to jump on the 2017-2018 campaign quickly. The off-season led to several moves in the front office, as well as some coaching changes. With new faces behind the bench, management thought it would lead to more playoff success than the first-round exits that have been recurring. This season, however, it has not seemed to work.

Goaltender Woes

The Chicago Blackhawks’ goaltending situation is less than desirable. At the start and quarter-mark of the season, Corey Crawford seemed to be at his peak. Free of any serious injury, he was playing extremely well and keeping the ‘Hawks in playoff contention. Backup Anton Forsberg was playing poorly, so the workload was almost exclusively on Crawford.  With 28 games under his belt, Crawford was ruled out for an indefinite amount of time. He had been battling vertigo symptoms for some time and needed to be under closer supervision. The Blackhawk netminder ended the season with an impressive stat-line. He went 16-9-2 with a .929 SV% and 2.27 GAA.

The mantle has been passed largely to Forsberg after Crawford’s injury. He has not seemed to meet any performance standards so far. In 16 games he is 3-7-3 with a .907 SV%. This, along with his 3.15 GAA has not given the Blackhawks any definite confidence in net. Now, Forsberg isn’t the only goaltender in net. Long-time minor league goalie, Jeff Glass has also been a presence in goal. He hasn’t done anything outstanding–posting a 3-2-1 record with a .905 Sv% and a 3.34 GAA.


The decision has to be made soon. As the trade dealine approaches, the Chicago Blackhawks have to swallow the tough pill that they should become sellers. For the first time in many years, this title will be placed on the recent powerhouse. Fans and critics alike are becoming more and more accustomed to the reality that this is best. With a young team, and an aging core, a rebuild might even be on the horizon for the Madison Street hockey team.