The Chicago Blackhawks head to Tampa Bay today to take on the Lightning after the Panthers mauled the Hawks 7-0 on Saturday night. The Blackhawks will try to tie a franchise record for most road wins. The Hawks are 23-11 on the road this year. The Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot, and currently hold the best record in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks sit at 48-21-6 with 102 points. The Hawks are 7 points ahead of the Minnesota Wild.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are 2 spots behind a wild card 3 points behind Boston for a playoff spot. The Lightning sit at 36-29-9. The Lightning won on January 24th in Chicago. The Blackhawks lead the overall series 17-12-5-5.
While 3 out of the last 5 games the Hawks have played in have gone into overtime, the Hawks still hold 2-0-1 mark during those games. If the playoffs started today the Hawks would play the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks lead the season series 3-2. The Hawks have 7 games left on the regular season with 5 of them being against teams with a over .500 record.
- Blackhawks playoff tickets went on sale today at noon.
- In an interview with Patrick Kane, Kane sounded confident that the Blackhawks would thrive in a playoff atmosphere, “we have a lot of depth, and you just wanna take advantage of your time on the ice and make sure you’re doing positive things for the team.”
- The United Center is busy right now hosting the Frozen Final 4. The teams left are Harvard, Minnesota Duluth, Notre Dame, and Denver.
- Blackhawks lines tonight are projected as: Schmaltz-Toews-Panik, Panarin-Kero-Kane, Jurco-Kruger-Hossa, Hayden-Desjardins-Tootoo.
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