Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp Having A Hard Time Finding Back Of The Net

By Randy Holt
Patrick Sharp
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The Chicago Blackhawks are a team with no shortage of offensive talent. That’s part of the reason they’ve been able to take home two Stanley Cup titles in the last four seasons. Through the first few weeks of the 2013-14 regular season, though, they’ve had some trouble finding the back of the net with any consistency.

No player has had more trouble finding the net for the Blackhawks, though, than forward Patrick Sharp. After a disappointing 2013 season, in which he was limited due to injury, Sharp hasn’t managed to find his footing yet in this young 2013-14 campaign. In his last 39 games, going back to last year, he has only seven goals.

That goal total includes just one this season. Through 11 games this year, Sharp has only tickled the twine a single time, and has only five points on the season overall. That one goal came back on October 15th, and it was a score that came on a breakaway no less, where Sharp has struggled throughout his career.

While Sharp hasn’t been finding the back of the net with any sort of consistency this season, it’s not as if he’s alone. The Blackhawks as a team are floating around the middle of the pack in goals per game and only Patrick Kane has found the back of the net more than four times this season.

It’s not for lack of trying that Patrick Sharp has failed to score with any regularity, though. He has 45 shots on goal, which leads the team. He’s 12th in the league overall in putting the puck on net. His shooting percentage is currently at a paltry two percent, which won’t last much longer.

Sharp’s career averages indicate that an end to his struggles could be on the horizon. He’s a 12 percent shooter for his career, so the fact that he’s failing to score right now isn’t something that’ll last much longer. The Blackhawks are certainly hoping that his silence on the stat sheet comes to an end sooner, rather than later, though.

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