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Chicago Blackhawks

Venue: United Center | Coach: Joel Quenneville
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Losing Patrick Kane to injury hurts. There's no replacing him, but the Blackhawks did help out the forwards by bringing in Antoine Vermette and definitely improved their defense by nabbing Kimmo Timonen.
The Blackhawks' seemingly annual midseason swoon seems a bit more concerning than usual. They've lost three straight, with defensive depth looking like a huge concern heading into the postseason. Will they make a move?
Chicago's inconsistency has continued, but in recent wins over St. Louis and Pittsburgh, they've shown why they remain one of the top teams. They are well behind Nashville at this point, though, and will probably be saddled with a bear of a first-round matchup.
The Blackhawks provided a good reminder of what they're capable of in a nice win over the Blues Sunday. They still haven't shown a ton of consistency over the last several weeks, though. They're 8-9-1 in the 2015 portion of the season.
The Blackhawks are tied with the Lightning for the league's best goal differential at plus-40. They have their work cut out for them on a seven-game road trip. The Hawks started that swing 2-2-0 and close with three straight divisional games.
The Blackhawks have been one of the most successful teams in possession, in scoring and in goals allowed. But they've had just enough stumbles to trail in the heated Central race.
It seems the Blackhawks will hit a few rough patches every year. It looks like they're in one now at 5-5-0 over their last 10 games and 3-4-0 since the Winter Classic loss. Defending has been an issue of late.
It's been a while since Chicago didn't occupy the top spot on our Power Rankings, but it's more indicative of how good the Preds have been. That 5-2 loss to the Oilers didn't help, though.
A Winter Classic loss is unlikely to keep this team down. The Blackhawks have allowed fewer goals than any team in the league this year and still look to be the club to beat.
The Blackhawks closed out the 2014 with a big comeback win over the Predators. At 25-10-2, the Blackhawks head into the Winter Classic with the league's second-best record.
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The Blackhawks didn't look particularly great in their opener, but survived. A more comfortable rout of the Sabres showed just how easily this team can flip a switch.
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