- I thought the forwards were doing a poor job of supporting the D on the breakouts tonight in the hopes of getting some breakaways of their own.. You could see some of the D get frustrated.
It has certainly been a big part of what's making it so hard on the D.
On the topic of D, I thought Hamhuis was quietly the worst defenseman today. Horrible job moving the puck, very slow all around the ice, soft, doing absolutely nothing offensively. I could keep going...
- Safe to say the Hawks are playing great hockey right now but part of me wonders how well equipped they for the post season.
This is intriguing question. They wilted under physical contact the moment the Canucks responded after those three breakaways. But with their speed and transition game, taking a run at a hawk means putting yourself out of position. It's a risky game any team can play with the Hawks. It worked well for a while, but then the Hawks began capitalizing on those odd-man chances.
In the playoffs though, that physical intensity is much more ramped up, so I'm not sure the Hawks could manage under sustained pressure. I'll never underestimate them though!
AV needs to get this team focused again. Disjointed and poor play over 200ft. Some have that has to do with CHI being on their game. But it's just such a departure from how they need to play.
He lost them last January and really hasn't gotten them back since. There have been stretches (i.e. start of this year) but htey are falling apart again. Constantly blowing leads, horrible defense, general laziness.