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The Chicago Blackhawks and the 2018-2019 Central Division Wrap-Up

By Shane Crosby
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton looks on in third period action during a NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vegas Golden Knights on November 27, 2018 at the United Center, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 27: Chicago Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton looks on in third period action during a NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vegas Golden Knights on November 27, 2018 at the United Center, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Central Division finish was an exciting one. But the Chicago Blackhawks were not part of it. After a small surge, they fell well short of a playoff appearance and missing a berth for the second year in a row.

Fans of golf, rejoice, it’s time to hit the links! Fans of hockey and Chicago Blackhawks hockey specifically, find solace. Another season has come to an end quicker than expected — or has it?

Headed into the 2018-2019 season, there was little hope for the Chicago Blackhawks and their chances of finding a place in the playoffs. Well, here we are. Chicago and Minnesota will sit this year’s playoffs out and work on their short game.

Central Division Wrap-Up

At the beginning of the season, I broke down how the Blackhawks would match up against their foes within the Central Division. A Central Division that has found five teams on a quest for the Stanley Cup. The largest presence of the four divisions in the NHL.

The five teams include (highest rank to lowest) the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, and Colorado Avalanche.

I am going to give my first slideshow a shot and provide a mini wrap-up. Then, I’ll guess what they will do in the playoffs. I chose to leave out the Minnesota Wild because they were in the basement this season. As predicted, all the pieces weren’t there. Sorry, guys.

Let’s go!

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