Chicago Blackhawks Will Battle to Secure Home-Ice Advantage

By Paul Chancey
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

With the regular season coming to a close, the teams already in are sprinting to claim a good spot in the postseason. One of those teams is the Chicago Blackhawks. After struggling for much of the 2014 calendar year, the Hawks are doubtlessly going to face a very dangerous Colorado Avalanche team. What the Hawks might need to do is bypass the Avs in the standings and take home ice advantage.

It won’t be easy. The Hawks have three games left in the regular season. The Avs have four games. The Hawks will have to win and the Avs will have to lose a couple games in order for the Hawks to bypass them. After a shootout loss, they’re still ahead of the Blackhawks, but only by two points. That makes the Hawks’ job a little more difficult than it should be.

Still, it’s certainly possible the Hawks could win out. Even without their megastars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, they’ve gone on a three-game winning streak. Led by youngsters Jeremy Morin, Ben Smith and Joakim Nordstrom as well as their other big names Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith, they’ve scored 11 goals in three games. The Hawks are gaining momentum to the playoffs. As anyone knows, the best team doesn’t always win the Stanley Cup. Sometimes it’s the team with the most momentum. The Hawks appear to have momentum going into the postseason.

The best the Hawks can do is play their best from here on out. Things might go their way but they might not. They will need to focus on their own schedule and not focus on what the Avs are doing. And if things go their way, the Avs’ domination this year won’t matter at all.

But the best part about the playoffs? Kane and Toews will be back healthy and rested, ready to go.

Paul Chancey is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for Follow him on Twitter at @ChanceyPaul and add him to your network at Google+.

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