The Chicago Blackhawks lost yet another game at the United Center on Thursday night, dropping to eight points out of the Western Conference playoff picture.
The loss was the Blackhawks’ sixth in a row at the United Center, as they’ve only gained one out of a possible 12 points during that span. According to Hockey Reference, the home losing streak is the longest the Blackhawks have had since the 2006-07 season, when they missed the playoffs and ended up earning the number one pick in the NHL Draft.
The defeat also secured a season series sweep for the Dallas Stars, who won all four games against the Blackhawks this season. According to NBC Sports Chicago, that hasn’t happened since the 2005-06 season, and occurs just one year after the Blackhawks beat the Stars in all five games between the Central Division foes.
As the losses keep piling up, the Blackhawks could potentially miss the postseason for the first time in a decade. The last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs came in 2008, when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were in their rookie year with the organization.
The Blackhawks will next take the ice on Saturday when they begin a stretch of three road games in four nights with a visit to the Minnesota Wild.