Kuc: A ‘Complete Breakdown’ For The Blackhawks

(WSCR) It’s difficult to pinpoint where exactly the Blackhawks went wrong.

The team is currently riding a six-game losing streak as it looks to rebound Friday night against San Jose.

“It’s been a complete break down, if you really look at it,” Chis Kuc of the Chicago Tribune told The Mully and Hanley Show. “Everyone is searching for answers, but if you’re going to look at what’s really going on, you’ll look at how poorly they are playing defensively. It’s all about position and getting out of what they were doing well before.”

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Kuc said the Blackhawks, behind coach Quenneville, are going back to the basics during practices.

“Joel Quenneville has really gone to town as far as teaching is concerned the last couple of days,” Kuc said. “He did it in Denver. He did a long film session. Then, yesterday on the ice, he was at the chalkboard showing the Blackhawks where they need to be. I really expect them to kind of grind one out tonight in San Jose. I would expect a low-scoring game. They’re just going to trap and play the neutral zone pretty tough.”

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  • Paul Heyden Sr.

    Chris, the Hawks have been playing a ‘soft’ brand of hockey most of the season. They don’t pressure the puck carrier, rub opponents off into the boards, bump or finish checks. They collapse on whoever’s in net and create more screens than the opponent. Outhit almost every game. Bickell, for a big man is almost useless. I’m not talking about fighting. I don’t expect Kane, Toews, Sharp or Keith to deliver the kind of hit that Mayers, Shaw or Seabrook deliver, but I expect them to bump and pressure the puck carrier. Grit and Sandpaper??? Not even a resemblance. More like Soft and Sieve. Pittsburgh out hit them 30 something to 15. 10 hits in Edmonton. Teams used to hate playing the Hawks – now, they look forward to it. No opponent goes into the corner with his head UP anymore – they know they won’t be hit for the most part. This brand of hockey better be changed or they won’t make the playoffs. Trust me on that one.


    I, really, wonder, if they were sandbagging. They’ve been playing finesse hockey all season, and the injuries are piling up.
    Imagine if they had been getting in to the mix for three periods.
    They’ve been getting waxed by bad teams. You might conclude that they aren’t very good.
    But, it’d be easier to flip the switch at this point and try to be the freshest team getting in to the playoffs.
    The best team in the league last year got trumped in the finals.

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