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5 Thoughts: Chicago Blackhawks extend win streak with victory over Red Wings

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CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Connor Murphy #5, Dylan Strome #17 and Dominik Kahun #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Strome scored against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period at the United Center on February 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Connor Murphy #5, Dylan Strome #17 and Dominik Kahun #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Strome scored against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period at the United Center on February 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 10: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with center Jonathan Toews (19) during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 10, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 10: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with center Jonathan Toews (19) during a game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 10, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

4 – Streaks kept alive

With this win over the Red Wings, the Chicago Blackhawks extended their win streak to seven games. No team in the National Hockey League currently has a longer win streak than they do.

On top of that, a few players extended their point streaks this afternoon. Hart Trophy-candidate Patrick Kane scored his 33rd goal in the third period to continue his incredible run of 31 points (11 G, 20 A) in his last 14 games. Alex DeBrincat’s assist on Dominik Kahun’s first goal of the game extended his point streak to eight games. He has 15 points (5 G, 10 A) during this stretch. Jonathan Toews‘s assist on Kane’s goal and his empty netter stretched his point streak to seven games. The Captain has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in this span of time.

Dylan Strome has put together a nice point streak, as well. He has nine points in his last four games, including two three-point outings (Thursday vs. Vancouver and today vs. Detroit). Brent Seabrook has been hot as of late, too. He’s riding a three-game point streak in which he’s tallied three assists.

5 – Don’t let the wins fool you

This win streak is a lot of fun, so I’m not trying to be a Negative Nancy, but the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t play a good game. They haven’t been too great in their last seven games. At all.

Despite winning their seventh game in a row, the Chicago Blackhawks looked like a mess after a decent first period in which they had a better Corsi-for percentage (50.94) than the Red Wings at 5-on-5. Their possession stats dropped in the second period (42.55 CF%) and plummeted in the third (31.43 CF%). And after having more scoring chances and high-danger chances in the first 40 minutes, Detroit had a major advantage in the third (15-6 SCF and 10-4 HDCF).

As I wrote on Friday, the Blackhawks aren’t actually good again. Their luck has skyrocketed thanks to a finally functional power play and better-than-average goaltending from Collin Delia and Cam Ward. Kane’s dynamite season, Toews’s bounce-back year, DeBrincat’s sophomore surge, and Strome clicking with his new team are all factors, as well.

As long as we can all admit that this team still isn’t that good while also enjoying their recent success, then that’s all good. Root for the Chicago Blackhawks for the rest of the season and don’t worry about the future just yet.

With all that being said, what a fun game!

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The Blackhawks will look to extend their win streak to eight games when they head to Boston to face the Bruins at 6 p.m. central. Boston has won their last two games in overtime and is eighth in the entire league (31-17-8 overall). The game will be on NBC Sports Chicago locally and NBCSN nationally.

Let’s go ‘Hawks!

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