It’s not easy to watch a rebuilding team. The premise is of course that fans will get behind their team through thick and thin, and Chicago Blackhawks fans got a shot in the arm during that process when they drafted Connor Bedard.
But last night’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens and the power play sinking to an 0/14 mark is reminiscent of rebuilding teams past across the league who saw long stretches of inefficiency. Some of it to do with the players getting used to one another. Some of it just not having the personnel to pull it off regularly.
There will be more of this than less of it, but even in the two losses so far, the Blackhawks have been in every game. Little fixes here and there will help push the process. Quietly, amidst the buzz of things, Bedard is still at a point-per-game pace with a goal and two helpers.
The home opener is less than a week away and that will be another shot in the arm for excitement for fans. The tough nights will out number the great ones right now. But there’s still plenty to see that will keep Blackhawks backers invested.
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