Blackhawks go through the motions, get shutout in Washington 4-0 - KMSP-TV

Blackhawks go through the motions, get shutout in Washington 4-0

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The only positive about Friday night's 4-0 loss in Washington is it appears the Blackhawks did not suffer any injuries. The Hawks had basically nothing to play and they were not engaged mentally as mistakes happened with regularity.

Following the loss, Joel Quenneville mentioned this game was one to throw in the garbage can. Duncan Keith was not dressed and there should be others who get time off tonight in Nashville.

Corey Crawford looked like he couldn't keep his concentration at times and gave up a couple of bad goals. Crawford was hung out on quite a few occasions and did make some good saves. Antti Raanta came in for third period and stopped the bleeding. Raanta is likely to get the start versus the Predators.

The Capitals had nothing at all to play but they took an early lead and carried a 4-0 advantage into the final frame. Washington has the top goal scorer in Alex Ovechkin and one of the best playmaking centers in Niklas Backstrom. Despite some high end talent on their roster the Caps will not be participating in the playoffs.

The Blackhawks had very little to gain with a win except for one possibility. The Hawks entered the game with the same amount of points as the Sharks (107). If the playoffs boiled down to Chicago facing San Jose the team with the highest point total would have home ice advantage.

Quenneville will hold his breath for one more game and hope the injury bug doesn't bite. My guess is Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp could get the night off.

Quenneville may look to call up a defenseman from Rockford and rest some of his blueliners. Both Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson went to the Olympics and have played a lot of minutes. The IceHogs are hanging on by a thread to capture a playoff spot so they need their better players as they have a game tonight too.

The Hawks will look to have a better effort in Nashville. Focus was lacking in Washington and Quenneville will have to work hard to get his squad excited to play the Predators.

I will be back on Sunday morning and you can follow me on Twitter @AlCimaglia.

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