Not one, not two, not 3, not 4, BUT FIVE…..Five straight wins for our Chicago Blackhawks and with those 5 straight wins comes a new ray of hope for another trip to the postseason for Kane & Co.
Over the last five games, the Blackhawks have outscored opponents 28-17 and Kane is hotter than the sun at the moment. Patrick Kane is having his best season of his career but you might not have been aware of that thanks to all the other drama and incompetence that has surrounded this season so far (cough cough front office incompetence cough cough).
Patrick Kane 2018-2019 season stats (thru 54 games):
Points 78 (2nd) – Behind Nikita Kucherov
Goals 32 (2nd) Behind Alex Ovechkin
Assists 46 (6th)
Points/Game 1.47 (3rd)
#88 has put this team on his back and it appears/one can only hope that serves as the rallying cry these boys need to keep the momentum going for the remaining 28 games of the season.
It’s no secret that the start of this season couldn’t have gone much worse for the Blackhawks. From the horrid goaltending to the firing of the greatest coach in franchise history, to even people thinking of selling off everything and calling it a season, it was dark for a while but now it could turn to light if the team can capitalize on their remaining schedule. Here’s how:
For starters, the Blackhawks through 54 games have played the 2nd toughest strength of schedule in the entire league, have allowed a 2nd worst 3.65 goals/game and are tied for worst in the league with 9 OT losses.
The ‘Hawks have only recorded 1 shootout win so far this season so it’s no wonder as to why they found themselves where they did early in this season. Despite all that, the Blackhawks are 9th in the NHL in goals/game at 3.19.
This team allowed .5 more goals then they have scored per game and are only 3 points out of the 2nd wildcard spot and just 6 points out of the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference, think about that! For as much doom and gloom that came with the first half of the season and to be this close to a playoff spot while having the 5th easiest schedule remaining in the NHL the rest of the way feels like one hell of a moral victory to me while this team looks to be potentially getting hot at the right time. Even our mans (and hopeful) future podcast guest Barstool Chief has got the postseason fever!
The Chicago Blackhawks are BUYERS at the deadline pic.twitter.com/gRdOEsS7Em
— Chief (@BarstoolChief) February 6, 2019
Piggybacking off of their 5th easiest strength of schedule nugget: the teams that separate the Blackhawks from a playoff spot ALL have tougher strength of schedules than the Hawks do down the stretch.
*Team – Record – Points – (SOS Remaining)*
1st WC Spot – Minnesota Wild 26-22-5 – 57pts – (6th)
2nd WC Spot – Vancouver Canucks 24-24-6 – 54pts – (23rd)
St. Louis Blues 24-22-5 – 53pts – (21st)
Colorado Avalanche 22-22-8 – 52pts (14th)
Arizona Coyotes 23-25-5 – 51pts (22nd)
Edmonton Oilers 23-25-5 – 51pts (13th)
Chicago Blackhawks 21-24-9 – 51pts (26th)
Maybe it’s overly optimistic, but maybe it’s not. The way this team has turned things around and hung in there despite all the setbacks while being led by a legit MVP candidate in Patrick Kane should give you a reason to believe that they can make a run.
5th Easiest Strength of Schedule remaining
3 points out of a wildcard spot
Patrick Kane – MVP candidate
Johnathon Toews – OUR Captain
They’re not counting themselves out yet.
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