5 Thoughts On The Current State Of The Chicago Blackhawks

By Gail Kauchak
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Mar 2, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save on a shot from Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrej Nestrasil (15) during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2.  Goaltending.  Corey Crawford had a solid night against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night.  He made 27 of 29 stops, with a SV% average of .931.  He had some key saves, and looked a lot like the Crow we knew before the infamous concert incident.  For the season, Crawford ranks 12th in the league, with a .920 SV%, and 2.29 goals allowed per game.  Keep up the good work, Corey!

Meanwhile, back-up netminder Scott Darling has played 9 games in the NHL, all with the Chicago Blackhawks.  He sports a .930 SV%, and 2.18 goals allowed.  The schedule gets pretty tight towards the end of March, with 3 back to back contests, and a game every other day during the last week of the regular season.  A strong and consistent Darling would come in real handy during this time to keep Crawford fresh for the playoffs.

1.  The Standings.  The Nashville Predators have lost 4 games in a row!  This isn’t a good time to have a slump.  They still currently lead the Central Division, with 89 points, and next play the New York Islanders on Thursday night.  The St. Louis Blues are in second place, with 85 points.  They lost to Vancouver in a shootout Sunday night (still gaining a point).  They have played 2 less games than the Preds, and 1 less game than the Hawks, and next match up against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.  The Blackhawks sit in third place with 81 points.  The Winnipeg Jets hold the fourth place spot with 76 points.  Their next tilt is tonight against the Ottawa Senators.

The Chicago Blackhawks next face the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, and the New York Rangers on Sunday.  This would be a great time for them to string together some wins and gain some much needed points.  The ideal situation would be to leave Winnipeg in the dust and bypass St. Louis, gaining second place in the division.  Hopefully the Hawks can develop some chemistry with their new additions.  Only 18 more games to go in the regular season!  Buckle up everyone, and get ready for the push for the playoffs!

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