The Chicago Blackhawks bye week is finally over, and we get back to watching hockey instead of reading bad news about Corey Crawford! They Hawks open up their 2nd half of the season with the New York Islanders!
The Chicago Blackhawks have their work cut out for them if they are going to make the playoffs this season. They are 3 points out of a playoff spot and in last place in the Central Division so it’s an uphill climb that’s for sure starting tonight against the New York Islanders.
The Islanders Jonathan Tavares has been almost unstoppable lately so the Chicago Blackhawks defense will have it’s hands full with one of the best scorers in the NHL this season. At least the Hawks have the last change tonight, so Joel Quenneville will get to throw out whatever he feels is his best option to stop Tavares.
One of the things to watch out for is the Blackhawks coming off their bye week. Last year, teams really struggled coming off the bye week so hopefully they know a little better what to expect this season after a week off.
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The Chicago Blackhawks still don’t know what they have in Anthony Duclair who’s looked pretty good in his couple of games before the break. If the Hawks are going to start scoring a lot of goals on a regular basis they need to find a home for #91 to thrive in.
Of course this is the time I want to see Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane lead the team to a long winning streak which starts tonight. If you can stop Tavares and get some goals early on in the contest they can roll to victory and start a streak that will lead them to the playoffs no matter who’s in net for the rest of the season.
Here are the listings for tonight’s contest
TV Listings– NBCSCH
Radio Listings– WGN
Live Streaming– NBC Chicago Live
Radio Live Stream– WGN Radio App
Well, I must admit overall my predictions weren’t very good in the first half of the season, but I will continue to strive to improve on my looks into the future!
Final Score Prediction
The Chicago Blackhawks coming off the bye week have a tough first period getting their legs, but they fight hard enough to score late to force overtime, and Jonathan Toews knocks in the game winner for a 3-2 win in OT.
Three Stars Predictions
#3 Duncan Keith-1st goal of the season
#2 Alex DeBrincat– Game Tying Goal
#1 The Captain-Overtime Winner
What are your predictions for tonight’s game?