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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 Predators (1-3)

Finally, the Nashville Predators won the Central Division by one point. The Blackhawks acquired three points out of a possible eight. It was no secret that the Predators were a major threat in the Central Division.

With nine goals for, the Blackhawks won only one game in regulation against the Predators this season. They allowed 15. Nashville’s roster didn’t seem to find any place among the statistic leaders of the regular season. Ryan Johansen led the team with 64 points and Pekka Rinne had another busy year. However, their production is spread out among their depth.

This is incredibly frustrating, but impressive at the same time.

The Predators face the Stars in the first round. Again, it will take five games for the Preds to dispatch the Stars from the playoffs. However, they fell last night 3-2.

Five Central Division teams made it to the playoffs this year. Obviously, the Blackhawks are not one of them, but try to have some fun watching the underdogs get a chance to shine.

The Blackhawks have a bright future and it showed this season. Young players scoring points with wishes to stay in Chicago; willing to do whatever it takes to not stay in the basement of the Central Division. There’s still another two months of hockey, as well as excitement about what’s to come for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Be excited.

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