While the rest of the teams in the NHL scramble to keep up, the Chicago Blackhawks continue to apply pressure. It seems as though nothing the other teams in the Western Conference do at this moment, Chicago is going to match, this time winning another game on the road and taking a five point lead on the closest competition.
Their latest road victory came on the home ice of the Nashville Predators. For the Blackhawks, it makes 12 games to start the season without a loss in regulation. Two shootout losses are the only black marks on an otherwise perfect record, and Chicago does not look like they are going to be suffering a defeat any time soon.
The Blackhawks have now won eight of the ten road games they have played so far this season, and will take on the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night (2/12) to kick off a seven game home stand that will keep them in Chicago until the very last day of this month.
The record is incredible, the wins have been impressive, to say the least, but it is the ease with which the Blackhawks have won on the road that should make them extremely scary to the rest of the NHL. It is not easy for a team to go 12 games without a regulation loss. It is even more difficult for the feat to be pulled off primarily on their opposing team’s home ice. Yet the Blackhawks have done exactly that.
The rest of the NHL are doing what they can, many trying desperately to make up for a slow start in a short window that is presented to them due to the lockout. Many of these teams are doing what they are supposed to do, but as log as the Blackhawks continue to play at such a high level, they will continue to expand their lead as they cruise towards a top seed in the 2012-13 playoffs.
The Blackhawks are playing a different game than everyone else right now. It is scary to think of what their record could possibly be when February finally comes to an end. The rest of the NHL should just be thankful the trophy is not handed to the team with the best record at the end of the year.