The Chicago Blackhawks season is coming to a close with under 25 percent of the games left to go. Even though the team has struggled a lot, there are still reasons to keep watching.
With just 13 games left on the schedule, and the Blackhawks a few points out of the playoffs, it might be easy to give up on the Hawks right now. While the new additions of Connolly and Stillman played great during their first matchup, that is not going to change the team’s chances come playoff time.
Making the playoffs is just going to guarantee the Blackhawks a first-round matchup against Tampa Bay or Carolina. While anything can happen during the playoffs, it seems unlikely Chicago overcomes one of those teams, plus they are not in a position to make the playoffs.
As of now, the Hawks are four points behind the Nashville Predators with a game in hand, so if they do win their next game they will still be one game behind. The big thing here is the fact that Nashville is 8-2-0 in their last ten games while Chicago is 5-5-0 in their last ten. The two teams still have three more matchups to go against each other and you can expect that to be a playoff atmosphere caliber series.
So even if the Blackhawks do miss out on the playoffs, there are still reasons to watch the rest of the regular season before committing to the Cubs or White Sox as your team for the summer.
1. Watch and see which additions are the real deal for the Blackhawks
The Blackhawks have added a number of different players throughout the past few weeks. Vinnie Hinostroza, Mike Hardman, Adam Gaudette, Brett Connolly, and Riley Stillman are all going to get some chances with the team during the coming weeks.
Stillman, Connolly, and Hinostroza have all made their Blackhawks debuted already, and they played pretty well to get things going. Chicago is adding to their bottom-six depth by bringing in pieces like Connolly, Gaudette, and Hinostroza. These additions do feature a few players on expiring contracts, but there is no reason that the Hawks won’t bring them back.
Hinostroza with Kubalik has been a good duo amongst the forward groupings, and I think we will continue to see different variations of the lineup with all the new players, and that will be fun to watch.