The Chicago Blackhawks tied the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card spot after securing a win against the Detroit Red Wings. Now, with two games this weekend, they face their most important tilts yet.
Fortunately for the Chicago Blackhawks, two of these games are at home. They will face the Colorado Avalanche on Friday followed by the Dallas Stars on Sunday. For reference, here is the current Western Conference Wild Card standings. The first two will make the playoffs.
- Dallas Stars – 63 pts
- Colorado Avalanche – 61 pts
- Chicago Blackhawks – 61 pts
- Minnesota Wild – 60 pts
- Arizona Coyotes – 59 pts
- Vancouver Canucks – 59 pts
- Anaheim Ducks – 57 pts
- Edmonton Oilers – 54 pts
- Los Angeles Kings – 52 pts
The ‘Hawks are playing the only two teams in front of them in the Wild Card standings this weekend and could potentially play their way into that top spot. Somehow, the Chicago Blackhawks can’t seem to find a way to lose. And, fortunately for them, everyone else in the Western Conference can’t seem to find a way to win.
As a result, their playoff chances are increasing a little bit more as time goes by:
Looking at their matchups this weekend, the Chicago Blackhawks have played the Avalanche twice this season on the road and won both times. The first was a 2-1 victory with a stellar performance from goalie Collin Delia.
Funny how familiar that sounds. If history repeats itself this Friday, the United Center will be filled with 22,000+ happy humans.
Against Dallas in December, the story was similar as the ‘Hawks were again victorious, winning 5-2. Of every Blackhawks game this season, these two this weekend are by far the most important.
The Blackhawks know these games are important — that’s why they’ve won 10 o
f their last 12 — but they can’t afford to play like they have the last two games. They won them, but these types of efforts will get you wiped against a good team.
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It’ll be an uphill battle from here to the playoffs, but this weekend is a golden opportunity for the Blackhawks to make up some ground. Let’s hope they don’t waste it.