The Chicago Blackhawks have won three of their last 18 games. Welcome to the dark times.
It’s not going to get easier. The Blackhawks have Anaheim on Wednesday, Vegas on Thursday, and Winnepeg twice next week along with Pittsburg.
From the looks of it, the snowball is going to keep gaining momentum down the mountain. It’s disappointing to see the Blackhawks like this knowing how successful there regular season was just two short seasons ago.
Here are two takeaways from Sunday night at the United Center.
So far, Dylan Strome has been a bright spot for the Blackhawks. Along with Brandan Perlini, the forward pairings got some much-needed depth in the Nick Schmaltz trade.
The Blackhawks and NHL scouts believe Strome has the potential to be a second line center. His faceoff percentage has improved each season in the league. Along with his natural skills, Strome could be a nice building block for a young roster.
Strome netted his second goal with the Blackhawks this season on the power play Sunday night on a sweet backhand. Alex DeBrincat found him racing into the zone and he put it home.
The Dominik Kahun-David Kampf-Patrick Kane line played pretty well together. As Tristan Angulo put it, that line had some zip to it.
As many of you know, Tristan is our Blackhawks beat writer for WCC. He will be returning to the beat on Wednesday.
Kahun and Kane are offensive driven players, but Kampf is a strong defensive player with offensive upside. I wouldn’t mind if Jeremy Colliton keeps this line together for the short future. Everyone wants to see DeBrincat, Strome, and Kane together but the Blackhawks really can’t afford to do that right now with their poor depth. I think we see the same lines going into Anaheim barring any roster changes.