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The Blackhawks season ended in somewhat uninspiring fashion as they went 6-5-4 over their last 15 games. However, Patrick Kane did become the first Blackhawks player in 48 years to win the Art Ross Trophy with 106 points, and the postseason is when this team really shines.
The suspension to Duncan Keith hasn't hurt Chicago yet, while Corey Crawford's absence hasn't been as devastating as first thought. It helps to have a 100-point scorer on the roster, though, as Patrick Kane continues his dominant season.
The Blackhawks certainly miss Corey Crawford, but two straight wins has helped stop the bleeding from a miserable stretch. Andrew Ladd's play in the last week has really picked up and Marcus Kruger's return helps depth.
The Blackhawks' recent struggles have only been compounded by the injury to Vezina candidate Corey Crawford. However, Crawford's absence doesn't explain the drop in possession and scoring for Chicago in recent weeks.
The Blackhawks have lost six of their last nine and suddenly find themselves in third place in the Central by three points. Back-to-back blowout losses to the Stars and Kings have the team looking to regroup.
The Central Division race for first remains tight, but the Blackhawks continue to get incredible, consistent performances from Patrick Kane (89 points) and Corey Crawford (.929 save percentage).
The Blackhawks addressed some of their biggest needs ahead of the deadline, notably adding a top-six forward in the form of Andrew Ladd. Getting depth forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann didn't hurt either. Then they followed all that up with a win over the first-place Caps.
The Blackhawks continue to cling to the top spot in the Central despite inconsistent play since the All-Star break. The Stars and Blues aren't far behind, though.
Chicago went through a bit of a lull as illness and injury took its toll on the roster. There was no bigger injury than the one to Marian Hossa, who was placed on IR Sunday. How long he’ll be is unclear, but the Blackhawks were already having some forward depth issues.
The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to three games with an absolute thrashing of their next closest competitor in the West, the Dallas Stars. They're now five points clear of anyone in the conference.
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Despite a disappointing setback in their opener against the Rangers, the Blackhawks' offensive attack doesn't look any less threatening despite some of their offseason losses. Rookie Artemi Panarin has been as good or better than advertised.
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