The Blackhawks have lost four games in a row, dropping from first to fifth in the Western Conference, and now have seen Patrick Sharp join Daniel Carcillo and Marcus Kruger on the injury report.
“We're not in panic mode by any means,” captain Jonathan Toews said following Tuesday's morning skate. “We're not worrying about it. All the good teams go through stretches like this.”
The Hawks, still just 2 points behind West-leading Vancouver despite their woes, host Columbus on Tuesday night at the United. The Blue Jackets are the worst team in the NHL and nothing but a victory over them will do.