Friday, December 26th, 2014

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville explains defensive struggles

Published on February 11, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

The Chicago Blackhawks need to turn around the skid they find themselves in during the current nine-game road trip.

It’s not the inability of Ray Emery or Corey Crawford to stop pucks. It’s the blue line lapses, Quenneville agrees.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune’s exclusive interview with Quenneville:

Chris Kuc: Is there enough time to right the ship defensively?

Quenneville: Absolutely, absolutely. Oh, for sure. We’ve been talking about it over the last couple, three, four, five, six, seven days. We’re reinforcing it in practice and how we manage the bench during the course of a game. It has to be reinforced game in and game out.

Top guys have to be doing it and all across the board knowing it’s not about outscoring the opposition, it’s about what we give up. That will be continually the drum we have to beat.

The Blackhawks’ 174 goals for ranks third in the Western Conference behind Detroit (178) and Vancouver (176). However, a 168 goals against has diminished the offensive prowess.

Chicago also ranks 28th in the penalty kill, at 77 percent, tied for 4th in most powerplay goals allowed: 39.

With a seven-game losing streak, many are wondering when the Blackhawks will bring in reinforcement on the blue line.

More from the Tribune:

Kuc: General manager Stan Bowman has made it no secret he wants to acquire a defenseman. Do you share in that?

Quenneville: Stan is looking to make us a better team. He’s out there doing that. Whether we get a D … you can never have enough of them.

If the Blackhawks want to turn the tide once and for all, it has to happen tonight against the Coyotes in Glendale, for a confidence jolt, if anything. As for the crease, it looks like Emery will get the nod, with Crawford’s latest struggles.

 

Share

Tags: , , ,

Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

NHL

jets002

NHL Rumors: Winnipeg Jets And Columbus Blue Jackets Could Switch Conferences In Shortened Season

If the NHL Lockout does not wipe out the entire 2012-2013 NHL season [although at this point, wouldn't ...
NHL Winter Classic: Pittsburgh Penguins v Buffalo Sabres

NHL Lockout: Buffalo Sabres Goaltender Ryan Miller Says Time To Decertify NHLPA

In a move that will not go over all too well with the rest of the players from ...
ovi

NHL Rumors: Could Alex Ovechkin Remain In Russia In KHL Even After NHL Lockout Ends?

After signs that the NHL Lockout may be soon coming to an end, talks broke off and signs ...
sid

NHL Rumors: Good Sign That Sidney Crosby Has Delayed Signing To Play In Europe During NHL Lockout?

The NHL Lockout continues, although both sides have at least committed to engaging in more talks than they ...
michigan

NHL Lockout: NHL Cancels Winter Classic, Entire Season Next Step?

The NHL Lockout has already wiped out 2012-2013 regular season games through the month of November. It has ...
jack

NHL Lockout: Columbus Blue Jackets Defenseman Jack Johnson Tells NHL Owners What he Really Thinks Of Them

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson wrote a very powerful piece on his website that tells the NHL ...
Sergei Kostitsyn

NHL Lockout: Predators LW Sergei Kostitsyn Blasts America And Hopes NHL Lockout Cancels Season

Sergei Kostitsyn will be lucky if we let him back into this country or the NHL after his ...
parise

NHL Lockout: Zach Parise Calls NHL Owners’ 50-50 Proposal A Publicity Stunt

Zach Parise, who left the New Jersey Devils to sign one of the most lucrative free agent contracts ...
cros

NHL Rumors: Sidney Crosby Changing Stance About Playing Europe As NHL Lockout Continues?

It sounded as if Sidney Crosby would not play in Europe unless the current NHL Lockout cancelled the ...
boyle

NHL Lockout: San Jose Sharks Defenseman Dan Boyle Rips NHL Owners Over NHL Lockout

With the news coming yesterday that the NHL Lockout has caused the NHL and the owners to cancel ...