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FOR THE 3 OR 4 OTHER HOCKEY FANS WHO FREQUENT BN....What's Wrong With Our Hawks?
Posted 12 February 2012 - 02:16 PM
1. AVERAGE DEFENSE AND AVERAGE GOALTENDERS The 09-10 Cup champs had average goaltending too...but they had a great defense. With injuries, the Campbell trade, Keith not being Keith, the Hawks defense is a shadow of it's former self, and Crawford and Emery are average.
2. TOEWS AND SHARP ARE PLAYING HURT Hockey players play hurt...really hurt...Sharp is plaing with a broken bone in his arm that needs surgery, Toews has a pretty serious wrist injury that the Hawks are downplaying. These are not "day-to day" baseball or basketball injuries...but they will keep playing.
3. PATRICK KANE IS NOT IMPROVING, AND IS CLOSE TO BEING CALLED "OVERRATED" I felt last year that the Hawks should have required Kane to room with Toews in the off-season and mirror whatever he does. Captain Serious is the ultimate team guy and the hardest working athlete in Chciago. Kane's...shall we say...daliances are pretty common knowledge. Tremendously skilled player who needs to take his game to the next level.
4. THE POWER PLAY IS PATHETIC With as much o-ffensive skill that the Hawks can put on the ice during a PP, there is no excuse for how horrible it has been. Time to change strategies...this is why we have you caoches!
5. BRUTAL PART OF THE SCHEDULE AND BAD LUCK Nine straight road games after playing Nashville twice without Toews and Sharp...but it's not going to get easier. Hockey is one of those silly games where when things are not going your way, every bounce is bad, every other goalie stands on his head...and you hit iron on your shots.
The Hawks have a ton of cap-room and if we see things turn around here, it could turn around quick. Oh for one more defenseman, and one more center...
If you hate hockey, or are not interested, you may find this a waste of BN space...but I know there are a few more of us ou there. Hang in there. I still believe the Hawks are the team in Chicago most poised to be good for the long term.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 03:41 PM
1. Laziness. It's an extremely ugly word, but its what I see. Lazy passing and lazy defense, to be exact. I swear, every game there seems to be a multitude of breakaways against the Hawks, many more so than I feel like I've ever normally seen in a game. This is the consequence of a team that gets lazy with its passing in the offensive and neutral zones, and gives up the puck an inordinate amount of times. And once a team has gotten the puck into the Hawks' zone, they're able to keep the puck for way too long, cause Hawks players are simply not getting in the way of enough shots, or winning enough of the battles against the boards.
2. Lack of improvement from young players. Hjalmarsson has not gotten any better since he was younger, nor has Stalberg, nor has Kane, nor has Leddy, nor has Crawford. I know, a lot of these guys are still young, but the fact that their development is stagnant is infuriating.
3. Those 3rd and 4th lines are garbage. Completely and utterly worthless.
4. My biggest problem, as a whole, is that this team appears, to me, to be a very poor passing team. One of the characteristics that really stood out to me of the Stanley Cup winning team was its superior passing ability. They rarely dumped and chased to get into the zone, they were able to keep possession of the puck for extraordinary amounts of time. This team cannot do this at all. Its why their powerplay is bad, its why their defense is bad, its why they're not scoring enough and giving up so many breakaways. They cannot keep possession of the puck. It's a killer on offense when a perfectly run play is not executed because the pass missed by a foot and a half, and it happens way too often. This is the biggest flaw I see right now, and its very frustrating.
Also, yea, injuries hurt.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:32 AM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 11:15 AM
I used to love watching Ovechkin play. He was easily the best player in the game in my mind, and it wasn't even close. But the last few years he just hasn't been his old self, and he's merely just one of the top 10 or so players in the game. I don't get to see him on an everyday basis, though, so I don't really know what happened...
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:45 AM
The Stanley Cup season was one of my favorite seasons as a fan (I've had so few in my life!), but it was so disheartening to see the team dismantled so quickly. I think one of their biggest losses was Byufglen.. really enjoyed watching him play.
Their power playing and power play killing has been just horrible.
Things better be changing soon, or we won't have to worry about the playoffs.
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