Chicago Blackhawks:Situation Isn’t As Dire As Previously ThoughtBy Tyler Juranovich on January 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm in Blackhawks, Featured
The Chicago Blackhawks, before this weekend, had a five day break before returning back to action on Saturday where they outplayed and beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1, only to lose to the Philadelphia Flyers by the same score.
But I am not here to talk about those games or give any recap.
What we saw was the Blackhawks maintain a thinly-held 7th seed in the Western Conference. One point behind Phoenix and one point ahead San Jose.
It’s not the best of places to be after earning a 2nd seed at the end of last season. If you really want to look at it negatively, the Blackhawks lost only 22 games last season compared to the 19 this season they already have with 33 games left in the season.
But I am not here to look at it negatively.
Most Blackhawk fans knew, but maybe didn’t accept, that the Blackhawks were going to be a less-talented team. It was going to take some time for the new team to get acquainted with each, for the goaltender situation to pan out, and for Coach Quenneville to get the lines right.
Throughout the beginning of the season the Blackhawks’ points were somewhat inflated, meaning they had played more games than most other teams had.
Now, because of the five game break, the teams are, for the most part, on par with games played.
After toiling for the beginning of the season, the Blackhawks are becoming an unified team. They’ve found their goaltender in Corey Crawford and found the best possible defensive pairings.
And, maybe the most important part, the team is healthy.
The Blackhawks play Minnesota Tuesday and then go on the All Star break.
They aren’t as potent as last season, but the outlook of the season hasn’t looked this optimistic all season long.
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