Chicago Blackhawks’ 5 Reasons They Can Make The 2017-18 Playoffs

By Colin Likas
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Corey Crawford
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Corey Crawford /
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Complementary scoring exists

A major knock on the Blackhawks the previous two seasons was a lack of bottom-six scoring. Ryan Hartman broke that mold a bit last year, but the Blackhawks really haven’t had any third- or fourth-line guys recently who could offer much-needed balance to the lineup.

Well, the line blender struck a nice chord again when it settled on Vinnie Hinostroza, David Kampf and Tomas Jurco. None of these guys started the season in Chicago, and now they’re all taking advantage of being away from the AHL. It’s the Overlooked Line.

Hinostroza is quick as all get-out, and that really sets the table for this line. He can make things happen in the blink of an eye and has good vision of the ice. Jurco is also a solid enough passer and finisher, while Kampf is just taking what’s given to him and pushing his way to the crease — a lot like Toews on the top line.

It’s not like this trio is destroying the world, but it’s supplemental scoring nonetheless. It’s a line that can defeat opposing third and fourth lines and has done so by way of selfless, smart hockey. A Blackhawks playoff team seriously needs that.