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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.
The Blackhawks entered the break with a loud thud in a big loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, but that does little to deter the belief that they’re on track for another year where the road to the Stanley Cup likely goes through them in the West.
With 16 wins over their last 20 games, the Blackhawks have seemingly taken control of the Western Conference. The biggest reason they keep winning might just be Corey Crawford, who is starting to get a lot more attention for what he's doing.
After rattling off 11-straight wins, the Blackhawks have overtaken Dallas for the top spot in the Central Division. This winning streak is tied for the longest in franchise history and this Blackhawks club is showing no signs of slowing.
Chicago is now just four points behind the Stars in the Central Division standings thanks in large part to their recent seven-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane has opened up a nine-point lead in the NHL scoring race.
Over the last month, Chicago has gone 10-4-0, which includes three straight wins. Over that mini win streak, Patrick Kane has seven points to extend his NHL scoring lead to 57.
The Blackhawks' Christmas break was sandwiched by losses where their offense couldn't find its footing. That's going to happen from time to time, but where there may be greater concern is how this team will defend with its shallow blue line and strong defensive forward Marcus Kruger out long term.
Patrick Kane's scoring streak is over, but he was the first player in the NHL to reach 50 points this year. Meanwhile, Corey Crawford is 7-1-0 in his last eight starts and has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 12 starts.
Patrick Kane's incredible scoring streak is still alive, but the Blackhawks still can't seem to hit their stride. As good as Chicago's second line has been, instability at left wing on the top line is showing. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa have 28 points combined.
After going 3-1-2 on their annual circus trip through the Pacific Division, the Blackhawks kept some positive momentum. Patrick Kane remains the league's most dominant offensive player (19-game point streak, league-best 37 points).
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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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