CHICAGO — There will be growing pains in the Blackhawks, and they’ll likely continue well beyond preseason and maybe into the 2022-2023 season.
But as problems crop up throughout the year, first-year head coach Luke Richardson has to deal with his recovery team and one has already come up in show season.
The Blackhawks haven’t netted the puck many times in their five preseason games. Aside from their four-goal performance in their lone win against Detroit on September 28, the team has failed to score more than one goal in the other four competitions.
They scored just one goal in their preseason opener against the Blues on Sept. 27 and then were shut out by the Red Wings on Oct. 1 and the Wild the next night in Milwaukee.
On Thursday, defender Jack Johnson brought the team back for the first time in a week with a goal in the second period in a 4-1 loss.
On a few nights in preseason the team has struggled to create only scoring chances, most notably the shutout loss to the Wild at the Fiserv Forum.
September 27 vs. Blues – 32 shots
28 September at Red Wings – 22 shots
October 1st vs Red Wings – 21 shots
Sunday vs. Milwaukee (Milwaukee) – 12 shots
Thursday at Wild – 26 shots
Perhaps that’s to be expected given that four of the Blackhawks’ top five scorers from the 2021-2022 season are no longer with the team (Alex DeBrincat – 41, Dylan Strome – 22, Brandon Hagel – 21, Dominik Kubalik – 15).
Patrick Kane is the only one to return to the top five scoring charts last season to return to the lineup this season.
There is one game left for Richardson to take a look at his squad and potential lines in Saturday’s pre-season final against the Blues. The regular season opener comes next Wednesday against reigning Stanley Cup champions Avalanche, when the journey of building a new team and finding consistent goalscoring really begins.
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