In the latest Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers, CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer and Tracey Myers take a look forward for the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks are mired in their worst slump of the season after getting blown out by the Dallas Stars 6-2 Tuesday night.
The Stars are atop the Central Division and they've won four of five meetings against the Blackhawks this season, averaging almost five goals a game in those contests.
The Stars are opportunistic, Myers said, and they've done well to get over the injuries they've had to face this season.
For the Blackhawks, they hope to have Marcus Kruger returning soon, but their current issues go far beyond what one player can provide. As Myers and Stuckmeyer break down, the Hawks need to right the ship on defense, in the net and find a way to get their confidence back overall.
Yes, the Blackhawks have played a lot of extra hockey over the last few seasons with their run to three different Stanley Cups, including last spring. But they know that's not an excuse at this point in the year when they have another championship on the mind.
Following Tuesday's shellacking, the Hawks are now off for three days; they don't play again until Saturday.
Can they use that time to hit the reset button?