By Chris Block
The Chicago Blackhawks 2010-11 season has entered the ICU.
Many of us saw this coming. Yet, it’s a bitter pill to swallow when reality comes knocking. The Vancouver Canucks come to United Center Sunday night looking to put the fatal wound in the 2010 and defending Stanley Cup champions’ repeat bid.
The Hawks simply cannot skate with Vancouver, the league’s best team. They’re doing all they can just to keep up. I’m certain Kane, Sharp or Toews will show up this week and the Hawks will win a game or two, but it’ll be too late.
The Hawks have not come back to win a series after dropping the first two on the road since 1968. Sixteen series with the exact scenario have gone by since and the Hawks 0 for 16. The Flyers did it to Boston last year, but this year’s Hawks don’t compare to last year’s Flyers.
Cap constraints, turnover, new faces and questionable maneuverings had the defending Cup champs behind from the start of training camp.
Logic figured the Hawks would be a very good team all season, hit a wall at some point and fall short of its ‘One Goal’. They were, somewhat and they did – and now the Canucks are here to make certain of the latter.
What we didn’t expect out of 2010-11 was for the team to take steps backwards.