The Blackhawks finished another exciting week without a loss in regulation after Marian Hossa‘s OT winner Monday night. A very successful 6-0-1 homestand leads to the first road game in a couple of weeks.
The Hawks head to St. Louis to face the Blues in a division showdown against the team that currently sits in third place in the Central Division only a point behind Nashville for second place. The Blues and their fan base would desperately like to end the Hawks unbeaten in regulation streak. The Blues have tightened the screws defensively yet only have a win against the Blue Jackets last week to show for it for the month of February. This will be a huge battle and the Hawks will need to bring their A game to St Louis if they want their streak to continue.
Friday night will be a trip home and the 2nd half of back to back games against another division opponent when the Blue Jackets visit the U.C. for the 2nd time in less than a week. Sunday night’s game was by far the most boring game of the season with only Andrew Shaw putting a puck in the net. The Hawks own the Blue Jackets and their goalie Steve Mason. The Jackets are scrappy and young and if the Hawks play like they did Sunday night another victory will not be an easy accomplishment. The Hawks Columbus game is sandwiched between the Blues and the Red Wings so a downer effort needs to be avoided.
Sunday afternoon the Hawks head to Detroit for what if you have read this weeks realignment post this is not a big rivalry for the Red Wings fan base. Red Wings fans don’t regard the Hawks much but apparently despise the Toronto organization even more than Chicago. So maybe the Hawks can just go out and beat Jimmy Howard and their defense that is missing a lot of pieces. The Hawks offense has been struggling a little lately which could fall right in to the hands of the Red Wings in trying to keep with the Hawks in Motown.
The Central Division has to be tired of listening to all the updates about the Hawks and they will get three shots with two of them in their arenas to beat the Hawks.
What is your prediction for the Hawks record this week?
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