The Chicago Blackhawks faced an embarrassing three-game losing streak just a few short matches ago, but their most recent set of wins has fans and critics alike saying, “what losing streak?”
The Blackhawks have made three-consecutive and impressive shows out on the ice, and are not only leading the NHL in goals scored with 129 goals on the season, but they are now also officially atop the Western Division standings.
To be honest, the Hawks are on fire and hopefully it is a fire that will continue to burn and endure through the remainder of the season. The squad has been tinkering with and addressing their flaws out on the ice as a means of fueling that fire. One big improvement has been in working on their power play action, which has shown tremendous improvement as the season progresses.
The thing with Chicago is that, as defenseman Duncan Keith comments, “We have a quiet confidence we can score goals.” This much is evident, as their goal total continues to soar on the season. The Hawks have scored 19 goals over the course of their winning streak, boasting a season-high of seven goals in a game during Wednesday night’s matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers.
What the team needs to be most concerned with is staying consistent within the realm of defense and playing the game well in that regard. The offense tends to take care of itself if the team is mindful of its defensive action, as Keith pointed out.
So, the key to the Hawks continuing to dominate the season and to defend the Stanley Cup is to focus on improving and maintaining a solid defense. This involves skating well in all three zones, which is something that has seen, and will continue to see improvement with subsequent match ups out on the ice. Chicago has a roster of strong and skilled skaters, who when they click, are capable of magnificent feats. The rest of the season will just be a matter of utilizing that talent for the greater good.