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Chicago Blackhawks’ Post-Bye Play Shows Progression

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks were on a roll before the bye week, winning five consecutive games, all on the road. Since their time off, the ’Hawks have lost a game and won a game, making it six wins in seven games. 

It’s always a good thing to get some much-needed rest and relaxation, but it was a concern that the season’s bye week came at a bad time for the Chicago Blackhawks.

They made it into the win column for the last five games in a row before the bye week, gathering some momentum. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to bring home a victory Saturday over the Edmonton Oilers, the team they beat 5-1 right before their break. Instead, they fell to them by a score of 3-1, breaking their five-game winning streak.

But the ’Hawks answered with an impressive bounce-back win against the Buffalo Sabres last night, 5-1. Many teams have struggled coming off their bye week. Although the ’Hawks lost their first tilt, they looked energized and refreshed for both games, with no signs of rust. In other words, they picked up right where they left off.

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Fellow Blackhawk Up contributor George Clifford put together a post highlighting what the Chicago Blackhawks have done well during their recent five-game winning streak.

How do they measure up since the break? Below I’d like to capitalize on a few of George’s points, as well as add a few other aspects regarding the recent play of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Road warriors

As we’ve already established, the Chicago Blackhawks’ five-game win streak was accomplished entirely on the road.  After the break, they promptly lost at home, and then proceeded to win again on the road. They’ve now won six of their last seven games, all away from home. Their road record is currently 18-10-1, which is right up there at the top of the league.

As George also pointed out, the ’Hawks still have 12 of 23 games left to play in hostile territory. That’s just over half their remaining games. This trend of playing well needs to continue if they have any hope of catching the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Central Division.

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