Chicago Blackhawks: My low expectations going into St. Louis
By Ryan Fedrau
It seems like the Chicago Blackhawks season is over. Instead of fighting over their slim chances of making the playoffs, I’ve accepted it and will see what happens.
With 20 games left, the Chicago Blackhawks are pretty much down and out. They’re currently eight points out of the playoffs going into tonight’s game against the Blues. Instead of stressing out over the finish of the Blackhawks season, I’ve decided to take a different approach.
This new approach is this, Stan Bowman doesn’t care, so why should I? If the Blackhawks somehow come back and make the playoffs, I’ll change my tune. I’ve fought hard and stuck up for this team. Looking at this roster before the season, I expected at least a wildcard berth. Their best chance for success is a lottery draft pick.
Obviously, I’m watching the last 20 games. I care about this team. If I take a nonchalant look at things, I won’t be disappointed. I harped enough on my thoughts on the two major trades the Blackhawks made yesterday. There’s nothing we can do to change it.
The best way for the Blackhawks to finish the season is to beat up on their divisional rivals. They still will play games against the Blues, Wild, and Predators. It’ll be cool to see them win those games.
Yes, the Blackhawks might not make the playoffs, but it would be sweet for them to spoiler their divisional rivals’ chances at higher seeds. The Blues are going to be in the playoffs, the Predators and Wild are in the hunt.
So, this new attitude starts tonight against the Blues. It would be nice to see the Blackhawks finish out the season on a high note. That starts with beating the defending Stanley Cup champions.
This game means nothing for the Blackhawks, it’s just something to get excited about. From there, they’ll have a few exciting matchups these next few weeks. They’ll be tough games but hey, if they can put a few wins up, anything is possible.
I’m still hoping for a playoff run, I’m just not expecting it. CBS Sports gives the Blackhawks a 11.4% chance of making the playoffs. We’ll see where that goes. I just want a few small victories before the season’s over.
Let’s just beat the Blues tonight.