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Instant Analysis: Blackhawks Drop 18th Straight Road Game



It’s really not that bad, is it? Yes Blackhawks fans, it is. Not since beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3, when Connor Bedard potted a pair of goals back on November 9th has Chicago seen a road triumph. The Seattle Kraken prolonged the misery, taking a 6-2 win.

Some of Wednesday’s loss was just some rotten puck luck. There was a little where Chicago was just a stride slow or a shot just whistling wide. But after 18 straight losses on the road, it’s not random nor by chance that the Hawks are just a bit weaker than the hosts they’ve faced this season.

Blackhawks Road Numbers Just Woeful

With just four wins all season long away from home, the Hawks are headed into Edmonton tomorrow night against a team that has won 14 in a row. It’s almost cruel fate for a team that seemingly can’t get a break with a roster just woeful enough to get lottery luck.

Those breaks always seem to go the other way.

After Nick Foligno cut the lead to 4-2 on the power play, Ryan Donato was in all alone and denied, a golden opportunity to pull within a goal. Instead, Tomas Tatar races in after a stretch pass and buries a dagger to give Seattle a 5-2 lead and the definitive goal to put them away.

Tatar would add another, and despite the Blackhawks outshooting Seattle, they are still searching for that elusive road win and a full effort. But it doesn’t get any easier tomorrow having to face the red hot Oilers without a day’s rest.

Who knows, maybe the puck luck will bounce the Hawks’ way. But if this season has shown anything, that puck luck seems to favor the host when Chicago is the guest.

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