How The Blackhawks Matched Up Against The Metropolitan Division
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks are going to need to win more hockey games next season if they want to make the playoffs.
I do not think it is wrong when I say the Easter Conference is a step above the Western Conference. Every team out east seems to be just a step above some of the teams out west. If you drop a team like the Carolina Hurricanes in the Central or Pacific Division I am sure they would be well above fourth in their new conference.
It used to not always be this way. The power conference switches every couple of seasons, and for a long time, the Blackhawks were the top team out of them all while they were winning so many championships.
If the Blackhawks want to get back to the playoffs they are going to need to find a way to win their games against every division. Today, let’s look at how the Blackhawks did against the Metropolitan Division, and see if it might have played a role in the ‘Hawks not making a playoff spot if it was not for the qualifying round.
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Washington Capitals: 41-20-8
Chicago went 0-1-0 against the Washington Capitals
Philadelphia Flyers: 41-21-7
Chicago went 0-2-0 against the Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins: 40-23-6
Chicago went 0-0-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins
Carolina Hurricanes: 38-25-5
Chicago went 0-2-0 against the Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets: 33-22-15
Chicago went 2-0-0 against the Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders: 35-23-10
Chicago went 1-0-0 against the New York Islanders
New York Rangers: 37-28-5
Chicago went 0-1-0 against the New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils: 28-29-12
Chicago went 1-1-0 against the New Jersey Devils
Chicago did not have a great regular season during the 2019-20 season, and their record against the Metropolitan Division teams reflected that. The ‘Hawks went 4-7-1 against the Metropolitan Divison this past season.
It is worth noting that due to the shut down we might have missed a few games that were going to take place during the last 12 games of the season for the Blackhawks, but overall it was not a great showing for Chicago against the Metropolitan Division this past season.
While the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Carolina Hurricanes are all better than the Blackhawks, failing to win any of their games against the Metros top four teams hurt Chicago’s record.