Feb 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) knocks the puck past his own goalie Jimmy Howard (35) with Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) and center Brad Richards (91) celebrating during the third period at the United Center. The goal was credited to Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (not pictured). Detroit won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit:Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sorry folks, it’s a hectic time in the college world and last week consumed me to the point where the numbers were put to the side. But we are back and we have some numbers to discuss so let’s get right to them.
Patrick Kane keeps on being Patrick Kane. His 63 points leads the Blackhawks and also puts him in a tie with Nicklas Backstrom for the league lead in points. Kane’s season has really kept the Blackhawks on track, as he has consistently being grabbing points and providing them with key goals at key times. If a late season push for the 2nd or 1st spot in the Central is in order, it starts and ends with number 88 keeping up this pace. And so far, there hasn’t been any signs of him stopping. If this pace continues, Kaner’s name will be on the shortlist for the Hart Memorial Trophy.
The Blackhawks are only five points ahead of the Winnipeg Jets in the standings. Now the Hawks have two games in hand on the Jets, so there should not be any panicking about the Jets catching the Blackhawks. But, it is something to keep an eye on. The Hawks would like to pull away as fast as they can from the Jets so they aren’t worried about them, and can shift the focus to catching the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators. From here on, every divisional matchup has great importance and the Hawks need to take two points from these teams as often as they can.
Only three games remain for the Chicago Blackhawks on this current homestand. This homestand has seen the Hawks drop three of five so far, two of those losses coming in the shootout. Against some weaker opponents, the Hawks should have grabbed some more points but have settled for what they have gotten so far. Over the next three games, the Hawks would be wise to finish strong and grab six out of six points. This is the time of year to start getting hot and going on a big run right before the playoffs start. The Hawks are in a position to be able to make up some ground and put some pressure on both the Blues and Predators to keep pace. They just have to go out there and get two points.