NHL: Do the Chicago Blackhawks Have What It Takes To Go on a February Tear?

January 27th, 2011 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
The Chicago Blackhawks ended play this month on a disappointing note, dropping consecutive home contests to the Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota Wild.  The losses put a damper on the All Star break for a Hawks squad that is showing signs of quality play.

The Blackhawks aren't slumping as they did earlier in the season, but that big run that might propel them up the Western Conference standings has not materialized.

Is it wrong to think that the Hawks may not have that run in them?

After two months of home friendly scheduling, Chicago has just 12 home dates in its last 32 games.  The Blackhawks were 6-4-1 in January.  Not pathetic, but nothing to suggest that this team is going to grab a top-three playoff spot.  Right now, this pace may not even be enough to make the playoffs.

Close games lost in the third period have more than caught up with the Hawks.  For every glimmer of hope showed in the win in Detroit, there is an underwhelming such as Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Wild.  The Hawks have played better hockey in the last two months compared to earlier this season, but let's f ...

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