When the Blackhawks lose Halftime show, they have no one to blame but themselves
By David Gillett By sports columnist and columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times Jan. 14, 2019 08:05:53A team’s second half struggles to come together at all.
And so when the Hawks fall behind in the second half, the blame has to be shared with the players, coaches and even the entire coaching staff.
The team, like many others in the league, has suffered from poor chemistry.
The Hawks’ second half has been marred by injuries, poor play and poor communication.
The first half was even more frustrating.
A week before the Hawks’ season finale against the Minnesota Wild, head coach Joel Quenneville was fired.
The Hawks were on the road for the second straight game.
The loss of Quennevil, who had been with the team since it moved to Chicago, caused the team to drop to 15-18-4.
They have lost 10 of their past 11 games, including four straight.
The team has struggled to get back to its best.
The defense, a core group that has played together for two seasons, has been a major problem.
In the Hawks 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Hawks had seven turnovers in the first half and were on a 12-2 run, leading to a 20-6 lead.
Quennevilles offense was stagnant and the defense was lacking.
The Timberwolves had three offensive rebounds in the opening quarter and a field goal in the fourth.
The game had the feel of a tie game.
It was like a playoff game in that it felt like both teams had the same amount of scoring and were getting tired.
Quenneville has talked about trying to get the defense back to where it was at the start of the season.
In his press conference after the game, Quennevill was asked about the chemistry.
“You know, I’m going to take this as a personal personal challenge.
And I’m gonna take this personal challenge as the head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
I’m trying to find that way.
I’ve been a player myself.
I have a lot of players who have done it, so it’s going to be a tough challenge,” Quennevis said.
“But we have to get our feet wet, and we have a couple of guys that are trying to do that right now.”
In his presser after the Hawks loss, Quenvilles answer about the team’s chemistry, which included Quennevyl saying he was trying to give the players more energy and focus in the offense.
“I was trying,” Quenville said.
Quenville’s message on the chemistry came during a conference call with reporters.
“We have to start being a little more deliberate,” Quennvilles said.
“I’ve said a couple times in this room that we have got to be more aggressive,” Quenevilles added.
“It’s not just the play on the ice.
I don’t care who you are.
You have to be aggressive.
And then, when you get that drive to finish a play, you need to be playing a little bit more, too.”
Quenneville was also asked about his decision to trade the top-scoring defenseman in the NHL to the Washington Capitals in a deal that sent defenseman Mike Green and two draft picks to Washington.
He said that he had to do what was right for the organization.
“What I had to consider when I was making the decision, which was the best interests of the organization and the Chicago community, I was going to do,” Quenchil said.
The Blackhawks were also struggling with turnovers, and they had their first three games with more than one turnover.
Quenuvilles comments were disappointing.
“It’s hard to have a team play that way in a game,” Quenzil said of the turnovers.
“There’s no excuse for it.
I know how we’ve had the turnovers in our history, and it’s something we’ve got to improve on.”
The Hawks have to find a way to improve the defense.
They are 3-7-1 and rank 28th in the League.
They were also 0-7 against the Metropolitan Division.
This season, they were 2-1-1 in their past four home games against the division.
The division, which has the Blackhawks, is the best in the division in terms of talent.
The Blackhawks’ last three games against divisional opponents were a combined 3-0.
The second half is an issue.
The two teams play four times in three nights.
They lost both games to divisional foes.
Quenchil was asked how he feels about Quenneviks coaching abilities.
“Yeah, I mean, we need to improve our play.
I just think we have some things that we’ve just got to get better on.
And we’ll be back next week.
And yeah, we have one game left in the regular season.
But we’ve been playing well and we’ve made some