Timing is Everything

By Brian Kasnicka

It’s all about when you peak.  That’s either my brother’s motto, or it’s just something he enjoys saying, whichever it is I’ve heard at least a hundred times.  Whether it was during the Hawks cup run in 2013, or the Kings trek to the cup last season.  So the question is, are the Hawks peaking now or are they still surging?

The Hawks have been playing some great hockey as of late, winning their last four games and securing a playoff spot along the way.  This streak has put the Hawks just two points back of the Predators for the central division lead.  With four games remaining the Blackhawks are in prime position to snatch the central division crown.  The St. Louis Blues are one point ahead of the Hawks and one point behind the Predators atop the central.  The Hawks and Blues play each other two times in their last four games.  These two meetings will have serious implications on the playoff picture.  The Hawks take on the Blues tonight at home, Minnesota Tuesday at home, St. Louis Thursday in St. Louis, and finish up the regular season in Colorado on Saturday.  It’s not the easiest schedule to end the season with, but it is a manageable one.  The Hawks could conceivably take all eight points down the stretch.

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During their current winning streak the Hawks have been getting contributions from everyone.  Guys like Kruger, Oduya, Hjalmarsson, and Teravainen have been playing great lately and of course the captain just keeps doing captain like things.  If the Hawks can keep getting contributions from all four lines they should steamroll their way to another Stanley Cup.

On the injury front we all know that Patrick Kane has been practicing with the team in a non-contact jersey.  Kane and Q both are adamant that Kane’s time table remains unchanged, however it’s good news to see him skating as well as shooting just about six weeks after his surgery.  At this point I wouldn’t think that it would be too far fetched to see Kane return during the second round of the playoffs or possibly sooner if they are struggling in the first round.  As for now don’t etch it in stone, but don’t be too shocked if he makes an early return.  Timing is everything, so we’ll have to see if all the pieces fall into place.

That’s all I’ve got this week Hawks fans, but don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all of your Hawks news.  Go Hawks beat the Blues!

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