The streak continues into another week and the first full week of March when the Chicago Blackhawks return home from a successful trip to Detroit. The Hawks play four games in the next week three of them at the United Center.
The week kicks off Tuesday night against one of the 3 franchises that have put any type of blemish on the Hawks record in the way of the Minnesota Wild. The Hawks lost 3-2 in a shootout at Minnesota on January 30th. The Hawks gave up an early goal and played catch up all night long before losing their first game in overtime. The Wild currently sit 2nd in the Northwest Division with 22 points which only trails Vancouver by 4 points. The signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have payed off as they are 1st and 3rd in points for the Wild so far this season.
Next up for the Hawks on Wednesday and Friday will be a home and away match with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are fourth in the Northwest at 8-8-3. The Hawks haven’t face the Avs this season and rarely play well in Denver. Semyon Varlamov is the starting goalie that is giving up nearly three goals a game while Matt Duchene is currently leading the team in points with 7 goals and 12 assists. Gabriel Landeskog had a big 3 point game Thursday night and could be a player to watch come Wednesday and Friday night.
The week ends at the United Center Sunday night with a rematch against the Edmonton Oilers. The game will be the last home game before the Hawks head to the road for 4 straight games. The Oilers gave the Hawks all they could handle last Monday night before a late goal and a Marian Hossa OT winner stole the game. The Oilers were without their star Taylor Hall who missed the game while serving a two game suspension. This is a team that the Hawks struggle against so starting the season series with a win had to give the team a good boost of confidence.
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