Sunday night was not a good one for the Chicago Blackhawks as they were defeated 4-1 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The loss was the third straight for a Chicago team that is 4-5-1 in their last ten.
Toews left the ice holding his shoulder, which could potentially spell bad news for a Chicago team that has dipped to fifth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
Yes, the Hawks are the defending Stanley Cup champions, own two Cup wins in the last four seasons and their line-up is incredibly deep when they have their essential pieces on the ice. As we’ve witnessed in the past, a healthy Chicago team can beat any team on any night in any arena, but the key word is healthy and lately they just can’t seem to catch a break.
They just got Marian Hossa back into the line-up in mid-March, but he’s struggled with only three points in his last eight games and Patrick Kane hasn’t played since March 19th because of a lower-body injury. Toews and Patrick Sharp have been healthy all season and done some serious damage for their squad, but the team will need to be at full strength if they plan to duke it out with the juggernauts in the Western Conference on their way to another Stanley Cup final.
There haven’t been any reports stating that Toews will be out for a set amount of time, so Chicago fans can still hope their captain has a reasonably clean bill of health heading into the playoffs, but if Toews does need to miss some time due to an injury, Orpik will certainly have the city of Chicago pointing fingers at him if the Hawks have an early round playoff exit.