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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Playoff contenders won’t have it easy against the Blackhawks

Since Chicago is one of the worst teams in the NHL, you may find it ironic that serious playoff contenders wouldn’t have it easy against them. While the Blackhawks will face winnable games against lower-tier teams that will look to play to their strengths against Chicago, you can say the same for the top contenders.

Chicago has nothing to lose over the last month of the season, and don’t expect this group or anyone involved with them to play for a higher draft pick. They got their generational talent who will make everyone on that team better once he gains more experience. 

That said, expect the Blackhawks to play with some reckless abandon, and they will throw some random looks at some of the league’s top teams. When they square off against teams like the Sharks and Ducks, Chicago (and their low-tier opponents) may still utilize the ‘nothing to lose’ strategy, but those are also good measuring stick games that could also have them taking a more strategic approach. 

Going more strategic could also be the case against the Flyers, as Philadelphia is nothing more than the best of the average teams in an average conference (and division). Chicago will play some entertaining hockey against the Dallas Stars, the Nashville Predators, and other top playoff contenders, and they will throw different looks in a quest to pull off a few upsets before the season ends.