Feb 3, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville looks on during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
It hasn’t been the best of weeks for the Chicago Blackhawks. Last time the numbers were posted, we were talking about finishing the road trip strong against the Western Conference and transitioning into the long homestand. The Hawks preceded to lose to the San Jose Sharks and the Minnesota Wild making some fans think the sky is falling.
Even with the teams struggles (which include being scoreless their last two games), the Hawks find themselves in 3rd place in the Central Division and only eight points out of first place. Everybody knows how hot this Chicago team can get when they start to put it all together. Once the Hawks right this ship and start to get back to their winning ways, the top of that division should watch out. 31 games is a lot of time for a team like these Chicago Blackhawks to make that playoff push and they know when to turn the switch to playoff mode and amp up their play. Just stay on board for the bumpy ride to finish out and it will be smooth sailing ahead.
Mentioned in the number above, the Hawks haven’t scored a goal in their last two games. For a team with so much talent, it seems almost impossible for them to stay scoreless for much longer. And when the goal does come, the floodgates will open and everybody on the team will be joining in on the scoring. Two fantastic goaltending performances from Antti Niemi and Devan Dubnyk also helped to contribute to this goal-less streak. But the goal will come and the team that let’s it up should look out for that red light to be on fire.
The number of Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews. If there is one guy in the locker room that can get the Blackhawks focused back on the task at hand and playing well again, it is Toews. There’s a reason he has the C on his jersey and is the leader that the team looks to. It all starts and ends with him. Look to see a mean streak from Mr. Toews as he tries to energize himself and his teammates to get back to the level of play that Blackhawk fans are accustom to seeing. 4-6 over their last ten games in unacceptable for this team and they know that.