Fall From Grace: Defending Champion Blackhawks Down, But Are They Out?

February 8th, 2011 by Ryan Hood Leave a reply »
June 9, 2010 is now 244 calendar days ago. It may technically only be two-thirds of a year, but to Blackhawks fans, it might as well be a century ago.

It was that fateful, rainy night in Philadelphia, that the Chicago Blackhawks hoisted Lord Stanley’s cup for the first time in 49 years. It was that night, when Patrick Kane fired the shot of his life into the back of the net, that the Windy City was thrust into a crazed state of pure hockey jubilation.

Now, almost eight months to the date of reaching highest of highs, the team is seemingly free-falling to the lowest depths a defending champion could possibly plummet to.

The Blackhawks have taken the ice 53 times thus far this season. Through those 53 games, they have compiled just 58 points. At this exact point last year, Chicago had 78 points.

Same amount of games played, one year later, 20 fewer points.

No one ever said it would be easy replacing the nine members of last year’s team that were not brought back, growing pains were to be expected.

Not the current position of 11th in the Western Conference standings. Not the mediocre record at the Madh ...

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