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Chicago Blackhawks: Must Win Clash with the Dallas Stars

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 30: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a glove save against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on November 30, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 30: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a glove save against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on November 30, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Stars defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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We’ve been saying the Chicago Blackhawks are in must-win games for a while now, but today could be their last chance to get something going.

Before we start this, we need to give Corey Crawford one more “thank you” for his amazing effort in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ win on Friday. Without Crawford, the Blackhawks would be nine points out and selling tomorrow. If they win today, they’ll probably stand pat or maybe even make a move for the future.

A month ago, the Blackhawks were going to be buyers at the deadline. It seems more likely for them to trade for the future now. I just don’t want to see them trade away Robin Lehner and rely on an aging veteran for the future. Crawford still has a lot left in the tank but is injury prone. They need a solid backup who can start if needed.

Now that we have that out-of-the-way, let’s get down to business. The Blackhawks are seven points out of the playoffs with games in hand on the two wildcard teams. If the Jets lose to the Sabres and the Blackhawks win, it’ll be a five-point race.

The Coyotes have played four more games than the Blackhawks. That being said, if the Blackhawks were to win four straight, they’d be the last wildcard team. Things are tightening up after the win on Friday.

Call me crazy but I believe in this team. All it takes is getting in the playoffs for them to make a big splash. They’ll be playing teams ahead of them during their next few matchups, most notable are Stars and Blues. Those two games are must-win.

The Wild are three points ahead of the Blackhawks but they both play two more times. Those are another two matchups that are must-win for this playoff push. The Blackhawks have dug themselves this hole but are still alive.

“Uhhh, I don’t know. Next one is Dallas I think? We’ll start with Dallas.”

As Crawford said after the Blackhawks’ win on Friday, “Uhhh, I don’t know. Next one is Dallas I think? We’ll start with Dallas.”

Hopefully, the locker room will listen to one of their biggest leaders during the last seven seasons.

Chelsea, I believe, do you?

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