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Morning Update 2-5-2020: Slow start keeps the Blackhawks behind

SAINT PAUL, MN - FEBRUARY 4: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skate to the puck during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on February 4, 2020 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
SAINT PAUL, MN - FEBRUARY 4: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skate to the puck during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on February 4, 2020 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks fell behind 2-0 against the Wild last night. After a failed comeback, the Blackhawks sit three-points out of the playoffs.

The Chicago Blackhawks came into this game winning the last four games against the Wild. It’s fair to say they played down to their competition again. They tend to have poor games, in big moments, when they should be winning.

That doesn’t say they will miss the playoffs. That loss does hurt the team though. The Blackhawks came into the night three points out of the playoffs. After the Coyotes got a shutout victory, it knocked the Blackhawks four points below them. They now have 61 points and have the first wildcard spot.

The Flames did lose though. That keeps them at 60 points. The Blackhawks are at 57 points. So, they’re tied with the Predators for three-points out. Tonight’s game against the Bruins is crucial. Not only will a win keep them in the swing of things, but they will go back on the road for five straight games.

Hopefully, the Blackhawks won’t come out slow again tonight. Corey Crawford was standing on his head against the Wild. With the goaltending competition heating up, Robin Lehner will need to be on his “A-game” to help the team win.

The Blackhawks got swept by the Bruins last season. They have a chance to return the favor tonight with a win.

Every point is big with 29 games left in the season. The Blackhawks have won six of their last eight games. In 2020, they’re 7-3-1. That isn’t terrible but it can be better.

Tonight’s game starts at 7 PM CST. The Bruins are favored, which isn’t a surprise. They’re coming in this game-winning five of their last six games. Both teams have been playing well as of late, something has to give.

Hopefully, that something isn’t the Blackhawks losing another close one.

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