Remember when the Chicago Blackhawks started this season 4-2, throwing a wrench in The Plan™ for the 2022-23 NHL season?
Things have not gone quite as well since then — or they’ve gone exactly as planned, depending on the perspective.
With eight points in the first six games, Chicago was third in the Central Division, fifth in the Western Conference and 12th in the overall league standings.
After a 2-7-3 stretch, though, the Blackhawks have plummeted. Here’s a quick run through how things go down in the league’s dungeon:
(Overall rankings based on points percentage)
Blackhawks, 26th (tied)
15 points (6-9-3) in 18 games, .417 points percentage (P%)
3 stretch, though, the B
Columbus Blue Jackets26th (tied)
15 points (7-10-1) in 18 games, .417 P%
After nabbing Johnny Hockey in the offseason, Columbus seemed like a team on an upward trajectory. Now? The headline (and photo) from this article by our friends over at The Cannon summarizes it all rather well.
13 points (6-9-1) in 16 games, .406 P%
3 stretch, though, the B
14 points (7-11-0) in 18 games, .389 P%
Buffalo sunk in the standings harder and faster than the Hawks did: after a 7-3 start, the Sabers have dropped eight straight games. It does seem like there’s enough young talent on the roster for Buffalo to make a run in the other direction soon, though.
13 points (6-10-1) in 17 games, .382 P%
How much longer before questions start to emerge about whether or not a certain offseason acquisition by this team decides that Ottawa is not the place for his long-term plans? Asking for a friend.
San Jose Sharks31 st
15 points (6-11-3) in 20 games, .375 P%
The primary reason why San Jose is not at the bottom here is Erik Karlsson, who has 28 points (11 G, 17 A) in 20 games. Karlsson, who’s 32, has only been a point-per-game player once in his career — and that was seven years ago. If that pace falters… look out.
11 points (5-12-1) in 18 games, .306 P%
Anaheim’s collective goalie statistics for this season have a save percentage under .900 (.890) and a goals-against average over four (4.13). Yikes!
Just remember one thing:
It’s an 82-game season, folks. Regardless of your feeling on where the Blackhawks sit at this moment, we’re not even at the quarter pole of this NHL season. Plenty of time for things to change, as a thread from about one month ago detailed:
Enjoying the Hawks early success? Nothing wrong with that after the last few seasons.
Worried about how this affects the draft lottery odds? A quick note on that…
— Second City Hockey (@2ndCityHockey) October 26, 2022
In just over 30 games, the Hawks dropped 12 spots in the standings. They have 64 left to play this season.