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Chicago Blackhawks: Five reasons this team is a playoff team

By Jimmy Lynch
Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy
Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) /

The Chicago Blackhawks have built a pretty good roster for the upcoming season. All the different additions, paired up with adding a few players back after injury makes some fans, myself included, believe this could be the year for a playoff run.

The Chicago Blackhawks have not won a playoff series since 2015.

Not counting the play-in in 2020, the Blackhawks have not won a playoff series since 2015 when they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup. Since then the team has struggled just to make it to the postseason, but this year might be different.

The Blackhawks are back in their old division, but they have some new players on their roster to revamp their team. Today let’s talk about five reasons this group could be in the postseason:

1. The Defense Is Improved:

The Chicago Blackhawks defense now is led by Seth Jones, Connor Murphy, and Jake McCabe. That blue line is so much better than it has been in the past few years. Plus with Calvin de Haan for one more season, the top four is going to be one of the best units this team has had since their last championship.

Pair that with young players like Ian Mitchell, Alec Regula, Wyatt Kalynuk, Nicolas Beaudin, and or Riley Stillman, and the Hawks can put together a pretty good group. Honestly, they have a few too many defensemen around that are basically ready to make the jump to the NHL.

So we could see a few more changes before the season begins. One of the biggest strengths of the Hawks championship teams was their blueline, and now they have built up what can be a great unit again.

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