Going into tonight’s game against the Red Wings, the Chicago Blackhawks have a few things at stake.
If the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, they’ll go on their second five game-winning streak of the season. This is very important, especially as the season winds down. With 15 games left, the Blackhawks are just four points out of the playoffs. A win tonight could bring them as close as two points.
Now yes, the Blackhawks don’t have any tie breakers yet, but they still get a chance to play the Predators and Wild again. If the Blackhawks win all of those games, they’ll have the tiebreaker against those two teams. This makes the Blackhawks four and a half points out of the playoffs.
If both the Jets, the Canucks, and the Coyotes lose, the Blackhawks will be two points out of the last wildcard. That’s where things get interesting.
The Canucks and the Blackhawks are tied with games-played, but the Jets and Coyotes have one more game played than the Blackhawks. The only way the Blackhawks will be two points out after tonight is with all of those things happening.
The most important thing that can come out of tonight is a Blackhawks win. They’ll have to rely on other teams to lose but they have to get their job done first. A game against the last-place Red Wings should be enough to keep this streak going.