Chicago Blackhawks: Sixth in the West May Be the Catbird Seat

March 6th, 2012 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks currently sit in the sixth spot in the Western Conference standings, four points ahead of Phoenix and four behind Nashville. That may just be the best spot for the 'Hawks to be.

All things considered, the sixth seed could wind up providing Chicago with a favorable matchup in the first round of the playoffs. A lot can happen between now and April, but a look at the standings reveals that finishing the season in their current position would not be the end of the world.

It appears that the conference's top spot is going to go either to Vancouver or the winner of the Central Division, with the other team occupying the second slot. Dallas, who currently leads the Pacific Division, is nearly 15 points off of the pace set by the Canucks, Blues and Red Wings.

The 'Hawks visit the Blues, who lead the Central, Tuesday night in hopes of extending their current winning streak to four games.

Chicago has quite a number of variables that will factor into their overall playoff position. That's not to say that their perch in the top eight is a foregone conclusion.

Captain Jonathan Toews still does not have a hard date set ...

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