2-10-2020: Chicago Blackhawks’ morning update, blown game
By Ryan Fedrau
The Chicago Blackhawks had a big chance last night to be within one point of a playoff spot. They sadly blew that chance after being up 2-0 early in the first.
The only bright spot of the Chicago Blackhawks loss against the Jets was Jonathan Toews getting his 800th career point. Besides that, it was a crapshoot.
It seemed like the Blackhawks couldn’t do anything right after getting up 2-0. They missed a lot of chances to add to their lead. It almost looked like they were getting comfortable with the lead.
They couldn’t seem to stay out of the box. The Blackhawks had six penalties during the game. That isn’t a great recipe for success. They also gave up a goal while on the power play. The special teams were off last night.
They’d end up losing 5-2, two of the goals were empty-net goals. It’s tough to see the Blackhawks lose three straight games. It’s a very important stretch of the season now. Losses like this can’t happen anymore. If they do, they’ll be stopping themselves from making the playoffs.
Looking at the standings, the Blackhawks are four points out. The Flames have the last wildcard spot with 62 points.
With the Wild losing last night, they’re tied with the Blackhawks with 58 points. The three teams ahead of the Blackhawks are the Predators (59), Coyotes (61), and Flames (62).
The Blackhawks have their chance to catch up with the Flames this week, as they will play them soon. That will be a very important game for the Blackhawks. Even though the Blackhawks have lost their last three games, they still can be a playoff team by the end of the week.
The three teams ahead of the Blackhawks will be playing tonight. Let’s hope for all three of them to lose, which will give Chicago a better shot at the playoffs.
A quick thing to note is the debut of Nick Seeler. He impressed a lot of Blackhawks’ fans with his aggressive style of play. I must say, I am a fan.
It’s exciting to add a player like him to the lineup, especially since Andrew Shaw is hurt. Seeler played well defensively too. It’ll be ideal for him to keep that up. If he plays well, he could earn himself a starting defensive role on the Blackhawks’ roster.