5. Rather get hot later than right now
The Blackhawks are in the mix for a playoff spot. While it would be nice if they had a five or six-point lead in the race, I also think it is important for the team to play meaningful games leading up to the playoffs.
We saw Tampa Bay get bounced out of the playoffs a few years ago because they had not played a meaningful hockey game in over a few months and ran into a hot Columbus team that had been playing incredibly during the last 20 games of the season.
While Chicago did not intend to go on a four-game losing streak right now, there is definitely comfort in knowing the team can get back on track and hit their stride right before the playoffs. If the team has to go throw a losing streak and struggle I think everyone would want it to be against Tamp and Florida that are going to win games regardless than against Columbus or Nashville who are competing for the final spot in the division.
The losing streak has been tough to watch, but at the end of the day, they are still right there when it comes to being a playoff team. If someone told me that come March 23rd the Hawks would be 14-13-5 and in a playoff spot before the season began, I would have been through the roof. Let’s just wait and see whether or not the team can get back on track, and in large part that comes down to how Jeremy Colliton motivates these guys and whether or not the leaders in the locker room can keep things calm during adversity.