The season that started with so much promise now has become a total bummer, and now unless the Chicago Blackhawks can basically win out will be home for the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.
The Chicago Blackhawks are pretty much playing out the string right now, and their effort on the ice sure proves that theory. For a team that never quit on anything for a decade, it sure appears like they have given up on this season.
The one stat that is really alarming is that the Hawks are now 2-6-2 in their last 10 games when they scored first which is a total 180 from their stats the past 10 seasons. If the Hawks scored first you almost certainly knew that they were going to win, but now it is meaningless.
If you want to tell how frustrated Joel Quenneville is just look at his lineup. He has Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma on the top two lines because they are the only two Blackhawks that are consistently playing hard each and ever game.
The Capitals come in to the United Center tonight to take on team that has now lost 8 straight games for the first time since 2012. They were able to ready the ship that season and make the playoffs only to lose in the first round to the Arizona Coyotes. This year the only thing to really look forward to is the NHL lottery.
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There are still a lot of young kids getting valuable experience, but one player has to step up his game on a regular basis in my minds and that is Ryan Hartman. When he has a tough streak to his game he is very valuable, but when he’s just skating around aimlessly he’s not effective at all.
The Hawks need a win just so we can have something positive to talk about. Here are the listing for tonight’s game.
TV Listings– WGN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Radio Live Stream- WGN Radio App
The predictions looked good for a minute on Thursday night with Duncan Keith scoring his first goal of the season, but it was too much Ducks in the end so I will just try to move on to tonight’s game.
Final Score Prediction
The Blackhawks will score first on Patrick Kane‘s 500th career assist, and then they will do what they have been doing for a while which is give up the lead. It will end up being a 4-2 loss for the good guys to the Capitals.
Three Stars Prediction
#3 Star- Nick Schmaltz– 1 Goal 1 Assist
#2 Star- Alex Ovechkin– 2 Goals (1 Powerplay Goal)
#1 Star- Lars Eller– 3 Assists
What are your predictions for tonight’s game?