GLENDALE, Ariz. --The numbers are starting to get scary for the Chicago Blackhawks. Losers of eight in a row after a 3-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday, they’re just four defeats away from the franchise record slump set in 1951.
More important than that is the fact they’re just five points ahead of ninth-place Colorado and only three ahead of the No. 8 seed, Phoenix in the conference standings.
“It’s something you’re not really thinking of right now, where we were two weeks ago, three weeks ago, at the top.” Patrick Kane said after the game. “Now we just have to get ourselves out of this. All we need is one game, one win. Get ourselves a greasy win, one way or another.”
Chicago was at the top of the league when the losing skid started, on Jan 21.
The Hawks wanted to be above .500 in each segment of their current nine-game road trip. They earned one point in the first three game leg and zero in the second.
“We didn’t meet our goals,” Joel Quenneville said. “We get to go home for a couple of days and regroup.”
And then it’s two games against teams with more points than them in the standings, Nashville and New York. It won’t get any easier.
• After a couple of subpar games in the faceoff circle Jonathan Toews won 69 percent of his draws on Saturday.
• Only Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw were even players in the game. Everyone else earned a minus rating. Dylan Olsen, beaten badly on the Coyotes third goal, was minus-2.
“Feels longer than that,” --Jonathan Toews, on the Hawks last win coming Jan. 20 against Florida.
“While going through this stretch here, we’ve had a lot of meetings,” --Joel Quenneville, on trying everything to break the skid.