After winning two straight games, the Chicago Blackhawks will come home to play five of their next six games on home ice.
Since the NHL All-Star break, the Chicago Blackhawks have played 11 of their last 14 games on the road. With just three home games, it’s understandable to see the Blackhawks struggle on the road. They were in a good spot going into this road stretch, they’ve come out barley breathing.
Now, just six points out of the playoffs, the Blackhawks will have an important next six games. They start this home stretch with games against the Ducks and Oilers.
They’ll go to Detroit on Friday, to come back and play three more home games. Those games include playing the Blues, the Sharks, and the Senators.
Those games are all winnable, they just can’t look past any team. The game that worries me the most is against the Blues. Their last two meetings ended with the Blackhawks losing after leading in the third period. To beat the Blues, they can’t be in that situation again.
It’ll come down to the team’s grit. The veterans of the team know how important these next six games are. They’ve already started a winning streak, they just have to add to it. The more wins they can get in a row, the more attention they’ll bring.
For fans that want the team to “tank” or believe the season is “over”, I’d suggest not watching this next week. You should want this team to win. There is no good reason to root against them if you consider yourself a fan.