Blackhawks: Five games to get excited about in 2021

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2. January 22nd vs. Detroit Redwings

The next matchup to watch on the Blackhawks calendar will be against the Detroit Redwings. Chicago’s first matchup against the Wings will be in Chicago on January 22nd. This is the first game these two teams have played as divisional rivals since 2013.

If Chicago can get the edge on their old friends and win their matchups against the Wings this comings season, their playoff chances will be greater. Failing to beat the Red Wings seals the Blackhawks’ fate as a bottom team in 2021.

The 2021 season will feature many tough matchups for the Blackhawks, so finding a way to beat the Red Wings will be a must on the ‘Hawks list. Plus, these two teams have a long history, and there is no love loss between the franchises.  Beating the Red Wings is a right of passage for the Blackhawks at this point.

Hopefully, the two teams being on similar levels as rebuilders will provide some very entertaining hockey throughout the regular season.

3. February 2nd vs. Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes have had the Blackhawks number in the past. No matter what the Blackhawks did during the regular season, Carolina always found a way to come out on top. That was even with goaltender Corey Crawford in net for Chicago; now the team doesn’t have as good of a goalie backing up their horrendous defensive play.

The Blackhawks have not beaten the Carolina Hurricanes since November 11th, 2017. Since that time, they have lost five straight games to the Canes. That is not good for the ‘Hawks as they will see a lot of the Hurricanes in 2021. While obviously, all that matters is the next game on the calendar, the Hurricanes do undeniably have the momentum in this matchup.

The new-look central division doesn’t have any clear cut winners outside of Tampa Bay. While Carolina might be the second-best team, nothing is set in stone. So winning some of the matchups against this team could very well change the playoff picture, and it starts with their first matchup on February 2nd.