Five in a row. That’s 10 points in their last five games. Wild Card spot within reach, easy upcoming schedule.
The Chicago Blackhawks may be back, folks, and I’m here for it.
Listen, I’m sick of hearing the “tank for Hughes and the Blackhawks would be better off missing the playoffs.” Yea, no. I’m riding with Kane, Toews, Kieth and maybe Seabrook in the playoffs anytime, anywhere.
Plus, the city of Chicago NEEDS playoff hockey, especially after what Cody Parkey did to us (please come home, Robbie). Give me a chance to go to United Center in the middle of April, give Kane and Toews a chance to do what they do best – win when it matters most.
The Blackhawks were down 2-1 entering the third period against the Oilers, a team the Blackhawks were chasing in standings. After outshooting the Oilers 13-2 in the first 14 minutes of the third period, the Hawks built a 6-2 lead. They say scoring happens in bunches, and boy was that true on Tuesday night.
Patrick Kane also extended his point streak to 12 games, his longest of the season. He has 27 points in 11 games. If the Hawks find a way to make the playoffs, Kane deserves the Hart Trophy. Who else would deserve it more?
I may owe Jeremy Colliton an apologize. After Coach Q was fired I was very critical of Bowman and the Colliton promotion. Make no mistake about it, if Colliton was the head coach to start the season, the Hawks may already hold a playoff spot right now.
It took him about a month to change things, but Colliton deserves a ton of credit for the Hawks’ turnaround. Hell, the power-play is the best it’s ever been, Cam Ward has won three in a row, Dylan Strome is a new player, and most importantly, the Hawks are winning hockey games.
Hopefully, this streak can get to six. 12 straight points would be huge. Don’t look now, but the Hawks are just THREE points out of a Wild Card spot.
I’ll leave you with this stat, thanks, Pat Foley.
When their opponent scores 2 or less, hawks are 12-0-2.
PS-Had Blackhawks money-line tonight, will not stop betting them until they lose.
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