Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald had an interesting article today about the Blackhawks' struggles at home so far this season and how they have gotten off to slow starts which has put them in early holes that they usually haven't been able to dig themselves out of.
It was a script all too familiar Sunday night at the United Center, as the Hawks fell behind early by 2 goals in the first 3:21, then tried to fight back only to fall short. The 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators was the Hawks' third in a row on home ice and dropped their record to 3-5 at the UC.
"It's mental preparation," Hawks center Kevyn Adams said. "We've got to challenge ourselves in the room to be better. It's not acceptable for us to be a .500 team and keep taking steps back. We've got to realize how difficult it is to be an elite team."
The next step, according to coach Denis Savard, is to make some changes with regard to home game preparation.
"We're going to change something up," Savard said. "I'm going to think about it. I have some ideas and we'll talk it over with (general manager) Dale (Tallon) and see what happens."
Perhaps the Hawks will stay in a hotel the day of a home game, which has been done before.
I don't blame Denis for wanting to change some things, because if the Hawks want to contend for a playoff spot this season, they are going to have to play much better at home and make the United Center a place that other teams will hate to play in.
Sassone also mentions in his article that Brent Seabrook was benched for the entire 3rd period last night after having what Savard called "a tough night". Seabrook is another guy that is capable of playing better and needs to raise himself to a higher level.