March 20, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) moves the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks are on a four game break thankfully!! Here’s what we predicted, The Hawks need to get off to a fast start in a shortened season. Here’s what the Hawks have given us…24-3-3. A historically great fast start has slowed down to 3-3 in the last 6 with two great wins followed by a tough loss on the end of a four game road trip. Since the Hawks fast start was getting momentum skeptics have been looking for cracks in the armor. The biggest thing that has hindered the Hawks of late has been some rest which is coming a perfect time of the season.
The Hawks have only 18 regular season games left they only have a 3 point lead in the Conference standings over last nights opponent the Anaheim Ducks, but after them the next closest team is 15 points shy of the Hawks in the LA Kings. With that big of a cushion the Hawks don’t need to push themselves to the regular season finale and have no gas left in the tank for the Stanley Cup playoffs. They can play their game and get everyone healthy without rushing anyone back from injury. This is not to say that the Hawks need stop playing hard and change their style it’s just when you fight for the last spot like the Hawks have the past few seasons they didn’t have enough left in the tank to overcome opening series without home ice advantage.
The Hawks may have their haters but the Hawks have the best record in hockey and 4 straight days off to rest, heal, and actually practice! Thanks for the great ride in the first 30 games but it’s what happens when the final 18 are completed that will be what is remembered forever no matter what records were set at the beginning of the season!
Enjoy the break and the NCAA tourney Blackhawks and get ready for the home stretch!
Let’s Go Blackhawks!!
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