Wednesday, March 31, 2010
By Brett Ballantini
Its a good lesson.
Thats how Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville described his teams unfathomable, fall-from-ahead, 6-5 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild three months ago. With the Blackhawks slipping to 15-12-4 since that fateful Jan. 9 night in Minnesota, its clear that whatever lesson that horrific game taught, it wasnt soaked up by the Hometown Heroes.
So lets take a minute out of the current free-fall and compare that Blackhawks team, all blustery and confident and healthy and full of promise, to the current incarnation.
If you are a fan more fascinated with the agony of defeat than the thrill of victory, dig back into the archives for the promise-filled look at that Jan. 9 game or an assessment of the current club written just a few days ago, and thus shorting them just a couple of losses.
For the rest of you less-hearty souls, heres the side-by-side.
Blackhawks Before and After
Wins3146Losses1022Last 10 Games
Simple Rating System
GoalsPatrick Kane (19)
Patrick Kane (28)
AssistsDuncan Keith (32)
Duncan Keith (54)
PointsPatrick Kane (50)
Patrick Kane (82)
Plus-MinusBrent Seabrook (22)
Sharp, Hossa (21)
Ben Eager (79)
Ben Eager (116)
ShotsPatrick Sharp (146)
Patrick Sharp (248)
Troy Brouwer (.186)
Troy Brouwer (.184)
Duncan Keith (26:32)
Duncan Keith (26:44)
Central Division Lead
105Western Conference Seed
12Projected Quarterfinals Opponent
Other facts about the Jan. 9 loss that dont really fit above:
Cristobal Huet had won three of his last four games vs. the Wild, with a sparkling 1.26 goals-against average. In Chicagos first two wins of the season vs. Minnesota, he allowed just one goal.
The Blackhawks entered play Jan. 9 with power-play goals in eight of their previous nine games.
Minnesota out-hit the Blackhawks 46-12 on Jan. 9, Cal Clutterbuck leading the way with nine.
With the win, the Wild became the first NHL team to earn at least a point when trailing by four goals entering the third since the Philadelphia Flyers did so on Dec. 11, 2008.
It was the first time the Wild had ever won a game in which they were four goals down.
Brett Ballantini isCSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnikon Twitter for up-to-the-minute Hawksinformation.