3 reasons the Blackhawks are still worth watching this season

Watching the Chicago Blackhawks in 2023-24 has not been a fun experience, with the team one of just a handful eliminated from playoff contention in March.

Mar 15, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard (98) warms up before
Mar 15, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard (98) warms up before / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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The Blackhawks are coming to life offensively…sometimes…

While most of the Blackhawks 10 games between February 25th and March 17th don’t show it, the Chicago Blackhawks are, at times, coming to life offensively. Of the 29 goals they scored in those three weeks, 19 of them came between March 10th and March 17th, good for 4.75 goals per game. 

You can say all you want that the quality of the Blackhawks opponents in three of those four games was low, as they faced the Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks, with the only outlier being a shutout loss vs. the Los Angeles Kings. But it’s also a momentum swing as of late. All three opponents were at Chicago’s level, and those contests could have gone in any direction, but they ended in the Blackhawks favor. 

Better yet, they again play Anaheim and San Jose this week, and the Hawks also face the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, and Philadelphia Flyers to end the month. Every game left in March is winnable, and with the Blackhawks scoring consistently last week sans the one shutout loss, they can use this slate to build momentum for April. 

It already helps that Bedard enjoyed a sensational week, so if that trend continues from now until the end of the month, Chicago will be fun to watch in the weeks ahead.