How The Blackhawks Matched Up Against The Atlantic Division Teams
By Jimmy Lynch
The Stanley Cup Champions’ home division features some of the toughest opponents the Blackhawks could play on any given night.
The Atlantic Division is home to the last two presidents trophy winners and now the Stanley Cup Champions. Winning games against some of these teams should help the Blackhawks eyeball where they are at as a team, and how they can improve for the future.
When only playing two games a year, sometimes we might see teams that might not be better all-around come away with a win. Teams like Boston or Tampa Bay might not play their best game every night during the regular season, and maybe the ‘Hawks can catch a break every once and a while.
So with that in mind, let’s look at how the Blackhawks did against the Atlantic Division teams during the 2019-20 NHL season.
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Boston Bruins: 44-14-12
Chicago went 1-0-1 against the Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning: 43-21-6
Chicago went 1-1-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs: 36-25-9
Chicago went 2-0-0 against the Toronto Maple Leafs
Florida Panthers: 35-26-8
Chicago went 1-1-0 against the Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens: 31-31-9
Chicago went 1-0-0 against the Montreal Canadiens
Buffalo Sabres: 30-31-8
Chicago went 1-0-0 against the Buffalo Sabres
Ottawa Senators: 25-34-12
Chicago went 1-0-0 against the Ottawa Senators
Detroit Redwings: 17-49-5
Chicago went 1-1-0 against the Detroit Redwings
In all, the Chicago Blackhawks went 9-2-1 this past season against the Atlantic Division teams. This is a great performance especially when you consider how well the Blackhawks did against the top three teams of the division.
The team managed to win games against the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Those three teams are top tier NHL franchises that include this past seasons Stanley Cup Champions.
Maybe the ‘Hawks caught some of the Atlantic Division teams on off nights, but if they want to compete for a wildcard spot next season, they are going to hope that they can come out with a similar record against these teams next season!