The Chicago Blackhawks are easily the best team in the Norris Division at home. Unfortunately, they are easily the worst team in the division on the road.
The Blackhawks hit bottom Friday night at Detroit. With seldom-used wing Tim Higgins scoring his first hat trick in a 10-year National Hockey League career, the Red Wings handed the Blackhawks a 12-0 lacing. It was the worst defeat in the 61-year history of the Chicago franchise.
It also extended the Blackhawks' winless streak on the road to 13 games (0-12-1). The Blackhawks, who are 8-2-1 at home, won their first two road games but haven't won since.
Higgins, a defensive specialist, was on the ice for the opening face-off to defend against the Denis Savard line, a potent offensive force. Just 24 seconds later, Higgins scored his first goal since last March. It triggered a three-goal outburst in less than two minutes, and it became a 6-0 lead after 20 minutes.