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Chicago Blackhawks Setting Records Now, Where Will They Be In June?

The Chicago Blackhawks have been making an incredible run to start the season, but I am still not worried; impressed, yes; worried, no.

Jan 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock and Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) and Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong pose with the general manager of the year coach of the year and goalie of the year trophies before the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Last season the St. Louis Blues finished the season just shy of a President’s Trophy.  Starting the season a below average 6-7-0.  Then the Blues hired Coach Ken Hitchcock and never looked back.  The season ended with Hitchcock’s Blues posting a 43-15-11 record.  That means that just over 78% of the Blues games under Hitchcock resulted in at least one point.  For the season, the St. Louis Blues managed to pick up a point in just over 63% of their games played, including an awful start and a slow finish to the season.

This season the Blues have looked a lot less like themselves and more like the Chicago Blackhawks of last season.  With constant lackluster performances from their goaltenders and a seemingly unmotivated lineup; the Blues are managing to get by in the league, but not impressing anyone.  At this pace, if they do make the playoffs, the St. Louis Blues look like a team that would not make it past the first round.  Again much like the Blackhawks of last season.

So while many in the Central Division and the NHL as a whole have jumped on the bandwagon of how the Blackhawks are one of the best teams in NHL history, I don’t buy it.

The Chicago Blackhawks are quickly putting up incredible numbers and are playing like the best team in the league.  It feels like they have more depth than most teams.  It feels like they can’t be beaten.  It feels like that, but it is not that way.

While the Chicago Blackhawks have a record of 21-0-3 through their first 24 games, the Anaheim Ducks have a record of 16-3-3 through their first 22.  Often times the team with less national attention is the team with less pressure (see the St. Louis Blues of last season).  Anaheim does not have a streak putting pressure on its key players; Anaheim has the same amount of depth, arguably more skill in net, and arguably better on ice leadership.  The Blackhawks and Ducks have only met once this season and guess who came out on top in that game, the Ducks.  If there is a team I am worried about in the West, it is the Ducks.

Don’t get me wrong, the Blackhawks are a good team, but how many opponents have had their number through the majority of a game to lose it in the final minutes.  The recipe to win in the NHL is the same for every team, outskate/outwork the other team.  Chicago’s players are playing a full 60 minutes plus.  They are playing a 200 foot game.  Most teams in the league still aren’t playing that style of hockey and are paying the price for it.  Quality teams are still adjusting to the post lockout schedule after sitting around for months and months.  Chicago is not right now and that is why they are continuing to win, but the streak will end and soon.

Any team will be able to beat the Hawks too, if they can manage to play a full game and not lose their bearings.  The pressure of the streak seems to be falling on opponents right now more than the Hawks.  Opponents are losing games in the final minutes.  There is a fear that the Hawks will come back, which lets them.  If a team can manage to focus on their own game they will win.

Consider that the Blackhawks have played the Columbus Blue Jackets (one of the worst teams in the NHL according to the standings) three times this season.  On each occasion the Hawks were only able to beat the Jackets by one goal and it took overtime on one of those occasions.  If the worst team statistically can come that close, a better team can shut the door on the record books.

Everyone needs to remember that in a shortened NHL season, one week can make the world of difference.  One month could spell the end of a team’s playoffs hopes and turn them from a contender to a seller at the trade deadline on April 3rd.  While the Blackhawks have all but secured the Central Division title so far this season and will certainly make the playoffs, they are not invincible.  Once they lose a game they have to prove they can get right back in the picture and win the next one.  If they go into a losing streak of 5, 6, 7 games or more, they are right back with the rest of the pack in the West.  Their lead isn’t unsurpassable if the Blackhawks so much as stumble at any point in this season.  Until they can prove that they can win after losing a hard fought game not due to opponents being unable to play a full 60 minutes, I am not going to worry about this Hawks team.

Commentators and fans alike point to Chicago’s schedule saying that they are playing quality teams in the West and still winning games.  It’s true, they are, but so is every other team in the West and we need to remember that this is not an undefeated team.  In fact, they have lost three games.  The last team to have this kind of streak was in 1979-80 when the Philadelphia Flyers did it, but guess what?  They lost the Stanley Cup.  No matter how great the Blackhawks are in the regular season, if they make it to the Stanley Cup Finals they will be playing a team they haven’t seen all season.  So no matter if you think they have the hardest or easiest schedule in the league this season, the level of competition goes out the window for any team if they reach the finals.

Jan 2, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; An injured Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo (13) is helped off the ice by defenseman John Scott (32) and right wing Jamal Mayers (22) against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

So while many in the world of sports are already declaring the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup champions, I don’t buy it.  In fact, I won’t and you shouldn’t until you see Jonathon Toews actually holding the cup.  Anything can happen in a shortened season.  An impossible winning streak can be accomplished, but a losing streak could strike any team at any time.  Injuries are sure to happen, just ask the St. Louis Blues.  There are lots of obstacles to winning the cup in a short season and the Blackhawks will soon run into their own.

So while the Blackhawks are making an incredible run now, look back in July and see if you are still as confident about their team.  Maybe they will have a season to remember for the rest of your life, or maybe they are just setting a record now that they will have the pressure of living up to the rest of the year.

The Blues take the ice again tonight in Phoenix and will look to start their own winning streak with Jake Allen in net.  Be sure to check out our gameday preview and tune in to Fox Sports Midwest tonight.

As always, LET’S GO BLUES!  And just for this one piece, Beat the Hawks!

-Alex Hodschayan

 

Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Record, St. Louis Blues, Streak

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  • Derek Stykalo

    Sounds like Sharp is out of the Hawks lineup for a game or two, didn’t make the trip to Colorado. While they still have plenty of firepower, another key injury or two could challenge this club. I’ve said all along, the longer the streak goes on, the more the media plays it up and the more pressure the players will feel. It’s like Derek Jeter and his chase for 3000 hits. Even he said he was tired of talking about it and was relieved when it was finally. I bet the Hawks will be glad when this is over too. It has to end.

    As you said, one bad stretch of games, say a west coast road trip that sees a club lose 5 or 6 games in a row and things could tighten up quickly.

    • http://twitter.com/PWT3 hmm

      “As you said, one bad stretch of games, say a west coast road trip that sees a club lose 5 or 6 games in a row and things could tighten up quickly.”

      Do you really think that’s going to happen? Come on now. You people are embarrassing yourselves.

      • Derek Stykalo

        Didn’t say it would happen, merely said it “could” happen. A couple of key injuries, which I don’t wish on anyone, and a slump is possible. It’s hockey and while it’s doubtful we won’t see this type of start ever again, the losses can come quickly. A couple bad breaks, bounces or missed calls can change the game quickly.

        And for the record, I’m not a Blues fan. I am impressed by the Hawks streak, just thought I’d share my $0.02 on the debate.

  • Kevin

    It’s crazy how much you guys are obsessed with the Hawks. I don’t see many messages about the Blues on Blackhawk fan boards.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Obsessed is a strong word, but thanks for reading. We typically report on teams in the division and some NHL news. The Hawks streak fits into both.

      • http://twitter.com/PWT3 hmm

        I think obsessed is the exact right word. This isn’t reporting. This is an obsessive bit of wishful thinking by a fan who, in typical insane fan fashion, thinks that if he keeps writing a thing, it will magically jump into the real world and become true, or will somehow affect the way things go in the real world.

        But you can’t believe any of this nonsense, any more than the idiot below can really believe the Hawks will drop “5 or 6 in a row” on a road trip.

        Ultimately you are trying to convince yourselves.

        • Alex Hodschayan

          You are right, this is an editorial. It is an opinion piece, not a report. Thanks for reading.

          • Jimmy Derossi

            The Ducks have better goal tending and better on ice leadership? That’s news to the rest of the NHL. Toews is easily one of, if not the best leaders in the game. Check out the goals against averages for both teams before you start grasping at straws. I understand you’re a fan of the Blues but clearly that is inhibiting your ability to evaluate the Blackhawks objectively

  • http://twitter.com/PWT3 hmm

    People saying the pressure is on the Hawks, or will be on the Hawks as the streak goes on, have not been watching the games very carefully. You know who the pressure is on? It’s on the OTHER TEAM. I’ve seen how teams play late when they have a lead on the Hawks. They get scared and they start messing up. The Hawks meanwhile, calm as can be, win the game.

    The pressure theory is wishful thinking, then, by jealous opposing fans – as is this entire article.

    Watch the games, chief. It ain’t the Hawks who are feeling the pressure. It’s the opposing teams – and their fanbases, which is hilarious. This is an article written by someone feeling the pressure. Our fanbase, like our team, is calm and reasonable. Having fun, obviously, but not getting crazy. It’s the opposing teams, and the opposing fanbases, who are getting crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/pfreeby92 Peter Freeby

    magic number for the hawks is 10 to just make the playoffs. to have that halfway through the season is nothing short of incredible

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Very true. I think they are impressive. We will see in June just how impressive they will be this season. Thanks for reading.

  • bluenotebacker

    I hope people in every city all over the country are constantly talking about the Blackhawks this season, what they’re doing is amazing. Can they go all year without losing in regulation? Doubtful, but they sure look like they believe they can. Does their success now ensure them success in the post-season, not at all, and neither does the trouble St. Louis is having mean they’ll be one-and-done come the playoffs (IF they get in!) We all, as hockey fans, know that the “second season” can pretty go a completely different direction than the regular season does.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Exactly. What they are doing now is incredible, but the sustainability has to be a question; especially in a shortened season.

      • http://twitter.com/illinijacob illinijacob

        The sustainability of not losing a game in regulation has to be a question? really? wow. nailed it.

      • Luxornv

        What more do you want for sustainability? They have hit the half way point of the season and the only losses they have were in OT or SO. Barring a Lokimotiv type disaster, the Hawks will make the playoffs and probably go at least a round. By the way, the Blues looked good the other night when they were shut out 3-0. That came in a game where the odds were beginning to turn slowly against the Hawks. Just a part of a franchise record 11 game win streak and counting…

        • Alexander Rysdon-Moulitsas

          None of their losses have come in Regulation or OT. Going back to late March of 2012, they have not lost in Regulation or OT.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.petersen.9 Jeffrey Petersen

        They will not lose more than 7 games all year in regulation… take that to the bank. It has not been uncommon for them to dominate teams in certain periods… quite frankly I have seen them out shoot opponents 3-1 in a period. I predict a 36-6-6 record. 78 points… presidents cup… and oh yeah… they will hoist the Stanley Cup as well… just like the ducks and the Habs and the Oilers all did with their strong starts.

  • Adam Homa

    Leaders on the Ice in Anaheim? There’s talk of Corey Perry being moved, getzlav lost the C, and Bobby Ryan wanted nothing more than to.be traded last year. Jonathan Toews was named the best captain in the league last year, and on ice leaders like Hosea can’t even get an A on their sweater. Of course this streak is going to end genius. And sooner than later is a good bet considering its been 24 games!! The hawks did lose to the ducks. With a bonino goal with 1:22 left in reg. A game the hawks dominated. You have zero hockey wisdom and obviously never played the game. Can’t wait for your next awful column

  • http://www.facebook.com/Pantstofry Adam Zarytsky

    Again, this piece is just highlighting the most obvious things ever. The Hawks are great. We know. Blues fans hate the Hawks (as made clear by this author and his random shots that seldom make a lot of sense).

    The Hawks are great now. Will the streak last? Who the hell knows? Nobody can see the future, it may end tomorrow, it may end in a few weeks. It’s just a historic stat to add to the fuel. If they lose, they’ll still be a great team, it doesn’t change.

    And no way, the playoffs are different from the regular season? Remarkable. What people don’t seem to get is that not everybody in Chicago thinks the Hawks should be crowned today. We know there are playoffs, we know s*** happens.

    To be honest, when they lose (I think it will happen) I’m very interested to see how they respond. If they can bounce back and win a few more games in a row, then they become very scary. Because if they can turn around from a loss and streak up a bit, then it’s going to be very tough for a team to beat them in a best of 7.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      That is exactly what I am saying. If they bounce back, I will be worried. Thanks for reading and thanks for the comments.

      • Jon

        So, to prove to you that they can win, you want them to lose, then win. As opposed to just, like, win all of them.

        • Alex Hodschayan

          Right now the Hawks are mentally sound. A loss can throw that off. Two could do a lot of damage. If they can lose, but keep their confidence, I will be worried. That is what I am saying. Thanks for reading.

          • Jon

            Mentally sound? These are professional athletes. All of whom have lost games before. Now, they could unravel because of injuries, or because they don’t execute effectively, or the coaches game plan doesn’t line up correctly against another team’s scheme. But don’t use “mental toughness” as analysis. It’s not a real thing.

          • Alex Hodschayan

            Mental toughness is a factor. Ask any player in the spotlight.

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.cornelius.1986 Michael Cornelius

            mental toughness is something they have.. look at all those one goal wins, you have to have that extra edge, the hawks have it.

          • Jimmy Derossi

            You want mental toughness? 12 of the Hawks wins are games in which they trailed.

          • Alex Hodschayan

            They have a ton of it at the moment. They do and they are playing incredibly well, but they also haven’t been shaken up. When that happens, can they sustain? That is the question I have.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.petersen.9 Jeffrey Petersen

            LOL… dude… your opinions are whack…. but hey its your blog. Anyway… you think that they are so fragile that they will lose a game and fall to pieces? That is silly. They will not lose 2 games in regulation back to back this year… take that to the bank.

          • Alex Hodschayan

            We will see on Sunday… They might just lose two in a row sooner than you think.

          • Alex Hodschayan

            Well, Jeffery… Looks like the Hawks did lose “2 games in regulation back to back this year” and they did it almost directly after your comment. Thanks for reading though.

  • AJ

    Ducks with more leadership, better depth, and better goaltending? Looks like someone hasn’t been watching hockey. Two goaltenders with at least 10 wins, none with regulation losses. 13 one goal victories means great leadership and depth, not to mention 13 different players have game winning goals. Terribly skewed opinions without looking at facts

  • Country_Bumpkin

    Every team has an opponent that always plays them tough and even takes a few games. Look (well, you don’t have to) at the White Sox. Leading the AL last year and can’t beat the Royals. The Hawks have the Beej but have beaten them more often than not. And no don’t thank me, thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.bondi Anthony Bondi

    I happen to agree with this editorialization piece. Just think of how many times the Hawks have attemped a lost in regulation this season. They looked terrible. Even the Blues really upped the ante in their matchup by allowing the Hawks an all out win. Plus, Hossa is too old to be playing anymore at a high caliber, the Hawks defense is way too young, except for Oduya, who is too old to be effective, Kane, Toews, Seabrook, Saad, all liabilities in the next few seasons defined as their prime, and Quenneville just lost the touch to coach anything. His equipment manager could coach this lackluster team far better. And don’t forget, every team is clamoring for a shot at the Hawks, because who wouldn’t want to play the best team in the league at not losing. If my playoff hopes rested in the balance of playing the unbeaten in regulation Hawks or the Columbus Blue Jackets, you know I am going to pick the Hawks. Easy win in my book.

    • Phil

      And don’t forget the diversity of their record…..they’re so used to winning now, that they won’t have any idea what to do after a loss, and a death spiral is sure to follow that first loss.

      • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.bondi Anthony Bondi

        Whole heartedly agree. This team has no idea what adversity is. Poor guys, always ahead in games, destroying everyone they play. There’s is just no challenge. Just wait until they play an Eastern Conference team. Then it be a little more fair(or so their fans keep telling me).

    • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.ponulak Ricky Ponulak

      Where do I start with this? An “old” Hossa is still outperforming most everyone else on the ice on both teams in a given night. How is the Hawks defense young? Seabrook and Keith are in their late 20s and have already won a Cup (along with Hjalmarrson). And that crap you said about those guys being liabilities – call them what you want, we call them Stanley Cup champions and some of the best players in the NHL. And lastly, we as fans would love nothing more than to end any sort of hopes your team has of making the playoffs, so please, ask for the Hawks to be that game that decides your fate.

      • Alexander Rysdon-Moulitsas

        You’re not very good at picking up sarcasm, are you?

        • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.bondi Anthony Bondi

          Probably doesn’t have the sarcasm font installed on his computer

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1426936888 Robin Virgilio

      The equipment manager COULD coach…he ‘almost’ got an assist the other night after Toews lost his stick

      • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.bondi Anthony Bondi

        Yeah, but there would have too many men on the ice. I would have given it to him though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.petersen.9 Jeffrey Petersen

      Hillarious reply… thanks for pointing out this guy is goofy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.bondi Anthony Bondi

        Thanks.

  • Jon

    “but how many opponents have had their number through the majority of a game to lose it in the final minutes.”

    Let’s look at teams that lost a lead to the Hawks in the last 10 minutes.

    Let’s count!

    Jan 24 vs Dallas
    Feb 2 vs Calgary
    Feb 12 vs Anaheim
    March 3 vs. Detroit

    OK, let’s pretend they lose all those games. I’ll even say, lose them in regulation (besides the Anaheim game they lost in a SO).

    So, the Hawks would still be 18-3-3

    Still the best record in the league.

    Here’s the difference. They didn’t lost those games. That’s what makes this team ridiculous so far this year. EVERY TEAM has games where they are dominated most of the game. The difference is, even when the Hawks have those games, they still find ways to win.

    • Jon

      And oops. No, Anaheim, we gave THEM a goal in the final minutes, not the opposite, so they shouldn’t really be on this list.

    • Alexander Rysdon-Moulitsas

      Hawks have only been dominated in one game—the Calgary one (why do we suck so bad in Alberta). Hawks have outplayed every other opponent over the course of 60 minutes. In fact, only twice has an opposing team outshot the Hawks by more than two shots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.cornelius.1986 Michael Cornelius

    we only play 9 games the rest of this month, we don’t face another playoff bound team until march 20th against the ducks, please look at the schedule, sharp got injured and it’s perfect timing as the hawks get a lot of rest this month before heading into april(playing 15 games) it’s like you think they aren’t as good as they seem, we’ve taken a point or two from every team in the west, the only weakness we have is our PP. we scored on that last night. Leadership with Captain Serious toews, he’s one of the best in the league, you don’t hear that about the ducks captain do you? no. stop bashing the hawks for what it’s worth, when we have 4th line scoring from Dan carcillo of all people, you know we’re not gonna lose in a 7 game series. we are 19 pts clear of the division. good god, get a brain! ducks don’t have better anything.. We have two goalies, Emery first goalie in NHL history to start 10-0-0 and he’s a back up! crawford is 10-0-3. we’ve avenged two of our 3 shoot out losses already, we beat vancouver with a shoot out win of our own and we just beat minnesota in regulation. come on man, look at the stats, a losing streak won’t happen with this team, everyone below the hawks in the division is having a down year, your blues, the preds and detroit are playing mediocre hockey at best. Please stop writing like you can predict the future. west plays west and east plays east, have you forgotten the schedule is about the same for everyone inside the division and conference?? come on man. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND FACTS.. 21-0-3.

  • Charles Johnson

    Try this one on for size when you talk about waiting until june to see Toews and company hoisting the cup:
    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/When_was_the_last_time_the_st.louis_blues_won_the_stanley_cup

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.cornelius.1986 Michael Cornelius

    we have a +32 goal differential, we’ve won 14 one goal games too, winning close games like last night when we’re down 2-1, shows resiliency and that’s what playoff hockey is all about right there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aimee.quenneville Aimee

    “[We] need to remember that this is not an undefeated team. In fact, they have lost three games.”

    3 games. Out of 24. Lost in overtime.

    YOU HAVE LOST 11 GAMES. YOUR OPINION OF OUR 3 OT LOSSES IS IRRELEVANT.

    • Kissmyanthia

      Also dont forget that their three losses are Shootout losses, so no team has even beat them in ACTUAL hockey.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.petersen.9 Jeffrey Petersen

      They did not lose in OT… in shoot out… so they have not lost in playoff style hockey yet!

  • Jon

    Pressure and leadership. And something about the schedule. And something about responding to a hard loss.

    I used to report on basketball back in my sports reporting days, having never played basketball and not really knowing anything about the X’s and O’s of the sport, and those were the buzz words I would throw around.

  • Kissmyanthia

    I love it how you say that the Pressure of the streak is getting to the blackhawks.

    YEAH WINNING SURE SUCKS GUYS I DONT KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE 11 IN A ROW

  • http://www.facebook.com/zac.miller3 Zac Miller

    I must have missed all the national pressure the blues got last year…

    • Alex Hodschayan

      The Blues did not have pressure. Once they did, in the playoffs, they crumbled. Thanks for reading.

  • disqus_MobRiB7dMM

    Did you see the game against Detroit? They played 57 minutes of flawless hockey and still lost. The Blues are not capable of that kind of game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.zonno Nick Zonno

    If this is an opinion piece your opinion is laughable. Chicago Blackhawks beating records now, where will they be in June? Playing in the playoffs possibly going deep and raising Lord Stanleys Cup once again. The real question here is where will the Blues be? Last Season was a fluke and we are seeing it this year, St. Louis has one good season and then all of a sudden people in STL are NHL pros/analysts. Win a Cup then maybe ill have more respect about your opinions. St. Louis is garbage cant believe this team was even close to being favored on winning a cup. Your team played over their heads last year and we are seeing your Blues come back to earth. Hawks didnt get very far these past two years? Your right we choked in the playoffs, there are two reasons for that 1. New faces in 2011, dumped half of our team, basically a new team on the ice or i should say new pieces 2. 2012 we lost to PHX, we lost Hossa who was a big part of our team and Mike Smith stood on his head. Hawks are a better team by far, better franchise, and better fan base.
    GO HAWKS!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.petersen.9 Jeffrey Petersen

      Will the Blues even make the playoffs? LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.ponulak Ricky Ponulak

    Why is it that you throw out so many statements (as you did in your last piece about the Hawks that is nowhere to be found), and don’t use any data to back that up? Just a few worth mentioning:

    “It feels like they have more depth than most teams. It feels like they can’t be beaten. It feels like that, but it is not that way.” – They have 2 goalies who have yet to lose a game in regulation, and 13 different players with game winning goals.

    “The last team to have this kind of streak was in 1979-80 when the Philadelphia Flyers did it, but guess what? They lost the Stanley Cup.” – You forgot to mention the other 2 or 3 teams that started the season on a similar streak; they won the Cup.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      But the team that owns the record, didn’t…

      Also, this is an opinion piece. This is just my opinion. I welcome differing opinions. Thanks for reading.

  • Luxornv

    This whole article is just pathetic. You seem like you’re just trying to convince yourself that the Hawks won’t win the Cup this season. I do agree that the playoffs are different, and they will still have to win 16 games in the playoffs to get the Cup. No one in Chicago has proposed that they start engraving the Cup for the 2013 Hawks (2013, not 2012-13) with their record. I seem to recall the President’s Trophy winning Canucks ousted and nearly swept by the 8th seeded LA Kings last season.

  • Sean

    “if it ends it ends. if it doesnt it doesnt.” – J. Toews on the streak. Doesnt sound like they are worried or pressured. Oh, and winning games in the last 10 minutes shows heart and resilience. All teams are playing harder with the shortened season, seems like the Hawks have adapted. Be happy we have hockey and that we are all witnessing history right before eyes. Also i checked Blues tickets and the only two games I couldnt two together were when the BLACKHAWKS came to town! I would keep my opinion to myself if I couldnt see both sides of a situation

    • Alexander Rysdon-Moulitsas

      When did winning one goal games become a negative? It sure beats losing by any amount.

  • Zbigkid

    All the pressure is completely on the other teams. The Hawks dont need to win by a lot of goals. It just takes one goal. They are not playing playoff caliber hockey every night. Far from it. They are simply and methodically rolling 4 quality lines. All 4 lines work well together, and its a team effort. Imagine the teams who are relying a small but elite group of talent. That talent in a short season is having to work extra hard. Hawks are spreading their minutes, lots of balance and as much rest as possible in a short season. Sure nothing is ever a given, nobody has crowned them champs yet, but everyone of them are capable of taking it up another notch if not two, come playoff time. Most teams look like they are playing quite desperate hockey just to even hang close with the Hawks. We’ll see at the end, but your “I don’t buy it story” is about as shallow as most of the other teams versus the Hawks. You have to work hard during the season in order to get better for the playoffs. Hawks are doing that, and they all know they can get better individually and as a team. Knowing that, you won’t like “buy it” but you should be very very scared if you a fan of any other team.

  • http://twitter.com/tunns11 O’Hawks

    Go Hawks!

  • truth

    once again this dude just baffles me with hi ridiculous opinion. why can you not just give the team credit for playing outstanding hockey? If they lose a game, what makes you think that they will just crumble? don’t forget that these are professional athletes and are where they are for a reason. if they lose a game they will bounce back, because they are a great hockey team. how can you say that your not worried when just last week the blues got drilled at home 3-0? According to your last post you stated that the hawks defense wouldn’t be able to keep up with your blues offense. you call them old and young, look at their plus minus ratings and the differential in goals. I do believe we have 4 defenseman with a +10 rating, one of which is leddy, our “inexperienced, immature” defenseman. I know people from stl that are “diehard” blues fans as you call yourself, you give the hawks praise and the credit they deserve. dont be a hater

    • Alex Hodschayan

      I give them credit, that is not the point of the article at all. What they have done is incredible and they deserve attention. I even call them impressive to start the article.

      As far as comparing the Blues to the Hawks, you can’t. It is apples and oranges. The Blues don’t have near the money Chicago has.

      We are all welcome to our own opinion, and mine is that the Blackhawks won’t be lifting the cup at the end of June.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.petersen.9 Jeffrey Petersen

        I think you mean you HOPE they won’t be lifting the Cup! If they do will you write a piece on how you really missed it here? lol

  • JMK-Hawks13

    This article is a giant contradiction, but in a way that reflects hockey. 8th seed can win the cup, president trophy winner losses year after year. My only argument is your opinion on leadership, this team is pure leadership THIS year. One of the players maturity issues has done a 180 and has shown he is a vet. One stat that seems to get overlooked is takeaways, hawks are killing it, that and the overall pressure is ideal for playoff hockey. With that said, you need to apply it in the playoffs. This hawks team isn’t as offensively deep as 2010 but they are better defensively, they adapt. Again, we haven’t won anything yet, you don’t get handed anything in the nhl.

  • Oakforest72

    The Blues win 6-3 last night and there is no mention of it on this site (which is suppose to be about the Blues) just an article about the Chicago Blackhawks which proves my point——> Just add the Blackhawks and you break record numbers! http://blackhawkup.com/2013/03/08/if-you-are-looking-for-a-record-number-just-add-the-chicago-blackhawks/

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Funny! We have plenty of news about the Blues, check back on the site often. Also, the review of last night’s game is drafted, just waiting for an error with the network before posting. Thanks for reading.

  • ‘hawks58

    Where will the Blackhawks be in June……just winning the Campbell Bowl for the 2nd time in 4 years (which is the same number of times the Blues have won it in 45 years).

    • Alex Hodschayan

      The Blues have been to the Stanley Cup Finals three times. Just in case you didn’t know…

      • ‘hawks58

        Just in case YOU didn’t know, the Campbell Bowl was given out to the regular season champion back then. (besides the Blues walked through an all expansion conference 3 times and then was promptly swept 3 times)

  • Kissmyanthia

    Where will they be in June? Well on Friday June 28th, they will be having a Parade downtown with a special guest Mr. Stanley Cup.

  • http://www.thecommittedindian.com/ Killion

    sup?