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Concerns arise following revelation of flaw in the Blackhawks organization

Published March 20, 2024 at 3:03 PM

Concerns Arise as Chicago Blackhawks Expose Weakness in Goaltending

As the Chicago Blackhawks navigate through a season focused on rebuilding and developing young talent, a concerning flaw has been exposed: their goaltending struggles. While the team may not be prioritizing a playoff push this year, the performance between the pipes raises red flags.

Despite the amazing efforts of starting goaltender Petr Mrazek, who has showcased an impressive save percentage, the Blackhawks' overall save percentage ranks among the bottom ten in the NHL. This alarming statistic stems from the struggles of backup goaltender Arvid Soderblom, who has failed to provide consistent support when called upon.

Soderblom, currently filling the backup role, seems to be a temporary solution until the Blackhawks can find a more reliable option, possibly through the development of a promising rookie prospect.

#NHL percentage of games played this season with a SV% under .800:
1. #GoSensGo: 16.4%
2. #LetsGoFlyers: 13.0%
3. #GoBolts: 10.3%
4. #FlyTogether: 10.1%
4. #NYR: 10.1%
6. #LetsGoPens: 8.8%
6. #SJSharks: 8.8%
8. #Blackhawks: 8.7%
8. #mnwild: 8.7
10. #ALLCAPS: 7.5

The numbers further highlight the issue, with a notable percentage of games played this season featuring a save percentage under .800. The Blackhawks find themselves among the top offenders in this category, making it clear that there should be urgency to address the goaltending situation.

While the team's focus may be on long-term growth and development, the goaltending woes cannot be overlooked, and it's sure caused frustration to Connor Bedard and his teammates.

March 20   |   188 answers
Concerns arise following revelation of flaw in the Blackhawks organization

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