Author’s Note: Every Saturday until the playoff’s start, I will give a “state of the Hawks” analysis as the season winds down. This week finds the Blackhawks on a 5 game win streak after a week bye with a game against the Edmonton Oilers tonight.
The Chicago Blackhawks went on a bye at the worst time possible as the Hawks had won 5 games in a row up to that point. With 25 games remaining on the schedule, the Blackhawks find themselves 7 points shy of the surging Minnesota Wild. The Wild have been carving the league up and other than the Washington Capitals have the most points in the league.
The Blackhawks current record is 35-17-5 and have back to back games against Edmonton and at Buffalo. The Blackhawks play the Wild in Minnesota on the 21st and it figures to be a game with a playoff like atmosphere.
If the season ended today, the Blackhawks would play their archrivals; the St Louis Blues. The Blues sit right behind the Hawks but are 8 points behind them and 15 points behind the Wild. The Blues have been surging since they hired Mike Yeo and have won 7 out of their last 10.
The Blackhawks have 25 games left of the season before the playoffs start. 13 of those games will be against teams from their Western Conference. Patrick Kane is still their points leader with 58 points including 39 assists.
The Blackhawks recalled Tanner Kero and Nick Schmalz from their AHL team; the Rockford Icehogs. Both men have spent limited time with the Hawks this season.
The Blackhawks are celebrating “Hockey Night for Everyone” for their game on February 18th. The team will use pride tape and auction off the sticks after the game is complete. According to www.nhl.com, “select player sticks will be auctioned online at auctions.nhl.com/hockeyisforeveryone from Monday, Feb. 20, through Monday, Feb. 27, with proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project.”-0
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