The Chicago Blackhawks will start their five-game road stretch tonight against the Jets. That game starts at 7 PM, EST.
The Chicago Blackhawks are back for the first time since Wednesday. After back-to-back overtime losses, the Blackhawks need to come out hot against the Jets.
The last time these two teams met, Patrick Kane got his 1,000th career point. The Blackhawks ran through the Jets, winning 5-2. Robin Lehner started that game and was standing on his head. There were a lot of good things that happened that night.
Since that game, the Blackhawks are 1-1-2 and three points out of the playoffs. The Jets have what the Blackhawks want, the last wildcard spot.
Right now, the Jets have the last wildcard spot. They’re coming off of a 5-2 victory where they took that wildcard spot. The benefit the Blackhawks will have is being fresh. They haven’t played in a few days, the Jets did yesterday. The Jets have played two more games than the Blackhawks though. So they might have a lead in points but it’s a lot closer than it looks.
The Coyotes have 61 points, just like the Jets. They’ve played 57 games, three more than the Blackhawks. They lost 4-2 to the Bruins yesterday. That really helps the Blackhawks. If the referee in the Blackhawks’ game against the Bruins didn’t mess up the no-goal call, the Blackhawks would be playing for that last wildcard spot tonight.
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The Predators have 59 points. They don’t play until Monday. They’ll go up to Vancouver to face the Canucks. That game is important for the Blackhawks. If the Canucks can sneak out a win now, we’ll match them with a win in the playoffs.
The team tied with the Blackhawks are the Wild. Both teams have 58 points in 54 games. They play tonight against the Avalanche. If the Blackhawks can take care of business and if the Wild lose, they’ll be one point out of the playoffs alone.
It was reported that Adam Boqvist will travel with the team on their upcoming road trip. That is a really good sign. Hopefully, that means he’ll see some playing time. Boqvist says his shoulder feels good and he’s glad to be back out there on the ice.
Of course, Jeremy Colliton will have the final say on if Boqvist plays tonight or not. There is no word out yet. Stay tuned to our Twitter page for an update on Boqvist.