Not quite sure what to say.
In a three-game home stand that practically required five or six points, the Hawks lose … to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team they’ve gathered many points at the expense of over the past couple seasons. What’s more, after a solid effort on Wednesday against the streaking Wild, it was easy to buy in to the idea that the Hawks were ready to turn it on. Marian Hossa played like a man among boys, and Dave Bolland looked interested.
What a difference a couple days will make.
My big reality check from last night is that maybe it was the depth last year after all. Yeah, we said over and over that the top lines would carry the day, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case. Last night, Patrick Sharp scored his 30th goal of the season; Patrick Kane resumed his point-per-game pace; and Jonathan Toews was, well, Jonathan Toews. And, the Hawks lost a must-win to the Blue Jackets.
There’s no doubt that the new second line – which I like, in theory – needs to play like a legitimate second line, because the Hawks have apparently settled on a “spare parts” approach to the third line, much like they did a couple seasons ago after acquiring Sam Pahlsson. We can’t expect much from whomever those parts may be.
I still continue to believe that the Hawks will make the playoffs, though. Why, I’m not sure.