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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 Blackhawks Versus the Blues (4-1)

A small victory within its own. The Blackhawks won four games against the Blues this season. Seriously, be excited. The Blues made some moves before the season started that made it seem as if they were going for it all.

The Blackhawks took four of the five games against the Blues. They didn’t necessarily mop the ice with them, though. Altogether, the Blackhawks had 17 goals for, but allowed 17 goals as well.  Jordan Binnington was a surprise in net for the Blues ending the season with a 1.89 goals against average. This also led the league.

Now, the Blues find themselves facing off against a high-flying Winnipeg Jets team. The Blues won’t make it past and it will take six games to decide their fate.

The Blues head to Winnipeg to start the series with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

The Blackhawks Versus the Jets (0-4)

Yikes. This was a tough matchup each time. Two of the losses, however, were overtime losses. Out of a possible eight points, the Blackhawks found two after facing the Winnipeg Jets this season. The Jets were a favored team to win the Central Division and they came very close — two points shy of the top spot.

The Blackhawks didn’t struggle to score against the Jets this season. In fact, they scored 14 in four games. This would be well short of the Jets 20 goals scored against the Blackhawks. Even though Connor Hellebuyck allowed the most goals, the offense bailed him out. The Winnipeg Jets led the division with a 3.29 goals per game average and 270 total.

Believe it or not, the Blackhawks were right behind them with 267, which was second in the division and eighth overall the league. A small victory, if you ask me.

I believe that the Jets can take down the Blues. Six games. The Jets fell to the Blues 2-1 on Wednesday.

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