No. 4. Chicago Blackhawks, 8/1
Record: 27-13-4, 58 points
You are not a dynasty until you win two cups in a row. If that is true, which I firmly believe it to be, this Chicago Blackhawks team is not a dynasty, despite most fans calling it one. The ‘Hawks have been surging of late with a seven-game win streak, pulling them to the second spot in the Central Division and four points behind the Dallas Stars. The biggest storyline for this team is the second line of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, and the defense (or lack thereof). That line is the second-most electrifying line in hockey, behind the Dallas Stars’ first line, with 126 points between the three of them. Kane is the league MVP right now with 25 goals and 37 assists on the season. That line also has stellar Corsi numbers, all above 50 percent.
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Despite all this offense that this team has to offer, the aspect that will hold back this team from becoming a dynasty is its defense. Besides Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith, the defense for the ‘Hawks will hold them back from becoming a dynasty. They are just lucky that Corey Crawford has been having a career year and is bailing out the defense.
I do think that the ‘Hawks will be facing off against the Stars to make it out of the division, but I really do not know who will take that series. Unless the Blackhawks’ front office makes some moves to firm up the blue line, the Stars will be bouncing the ‘Hawks from the postseason, and destroying dynasty hopes.
Next: No. 3: Los Angeles Kings