For the second time in three days, the Chicago Blackhawks played the Detroit Red Wings in what was the final meeting of the season between the two teams.
The Blackhawks came into the month of April knowing that they had to make significant improvements if they had any hope of making the playoffs. Unfortunately for Chicago, they had only won three out of their last seven games going into tonight’s matchup, including a disastrous 4-1 loss to the Wings this past Thursday.
However, the ‘Hawks were determined to come out tonight with all cylinders firing, and they did exactly that in a decisive 4-0 victory tonight. Although there were definitely areas for improvement, as there are in any game, Chicago played very well overall, and easily dispatched their historical rivals.
The shot differential may not have been ideal, especially throughout the first two periods of the game, but the Blackhawks were able to find the back of the twine when it mattered, and their scoring trends continued. At the other end of the ice, the defense and goaltending were able to hold off the Red Wings, who have the third-worst offense in the NHL, from scoring any goals.
The Blackhawks must now look forward to the remainder of this month’s schedule, which will not provide them any smooth sailing. Next week will see the team play three straight games against the Nashville Predators, whom they are fighting for the final playoff spot. If the ‘Hawks performance against the Preds is anything like tonight, then they will likely be able to put up some more in the win column.
Before the team takes on the guys from Music City, let’s go through a quick recap of tonight’s game. Here are three key takeaways from the Blackhawks’ victory against the Detroit Red Wings.