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Chicago Blackhawks Month In Review: March

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) celebrates forward Teuvo Teravainen (86) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) (not pictured) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville watches the play during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2016; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville watches the play during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Chicago Blackhawks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Coaching.  The playoffs are almost here, and this is the time of the year when Coach Quenneville miraculously “figures” things out.  It’s pretty hard to question Coach Q and staff with the history they have.  They always seem to get the right combinations, and to give the team the best chance to succeed.  The problem that remains is whether there is enough talent on this team to make things work.  I’m not too worried about the offense.  Once the adrenaline of the playoffs hit, the core players will turn it on, and the newer guys will follow suit.

It’s the defense that I’m the most concerned about.  How long will the Hawks be without Keith?  Will TVR be able to handle the responsibility that Coach Q is giving him?  Who will be the fourth defenseman?  Will Ehrhoff be able to find his niche?  Will Rozy’s pros outweigh his cons?

There’s a lot of question marks here.  Quite frankly, it’s hard to have faith that the coaching staff is going to be able to pull their magic.

Intangibles.  The decision about Keith’s suspension and Crawford’s health are two of the biggest factors that will determine the Chicago Blackhawks fate going forward.  These two things are out of their control, and we will all have to wait and see how it plays itself out.

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Here are a few things the Chicago Blackhawks do have going for them.  They have the proven leadership of captain Jonathan Toews and the other core veterans that have won the Cup three times.  They have one of the best coaches in the business.  They have faced adversity in many ways, shapes, and forms.  Nine times out of ten, they rise to the occasion and overcome it.

The Chicago Blackhawks have 95 points and earned themselves a playoff spot when they beat the Vancouver Canucks over the weekend.  Their loss to Minnesota, and the fact that the Stars (101 points) and the Blues (101 points) won on the same night pretty much guarantees that the Hawks have no chance at first or second place in the division.  They need to concentrate on winning enough of the remaining games to keep their third place standing.  The Nashville Predators (91 points) are only four points behind them.

Next: Hawks Fall To Wild: 5 Things

The Chicago Blackhawks have five games to go, against Winnipeg, Boston, Arizona, St. Louis, and Columbus.  Boston and St. Louis are in the playoffs and still looking for points, but the other three teams are out of it.  Now the best the Hawks can hope for is to get some wins and finish in third.  Then they will see whether they draw Dallas or St. Louis in the first round.

Stay tuned Chicago Blackhawks fans!  Never, ever a dull moment!

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