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Chicago Blackhawks

Venue: United Center | Coach: Joel Quenneville
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Chicago improved to 8-2-1 without playmaker Patrick Kane in the lineup and have a legitimate shot at the division title. They're three back of the Blues with a game in hand. This got interesting fast.
The Blackhawks have looked better of late, even without Patrick Kane, as they've won six of their last eight. They're still trying to find that offensive consistency, especially against top teams. That's where they'll miss Patrick Kane most.
The Blackhawks haven't been great since Patrick Kane went down with an injury, but they haven't been too bad either. They've clawed their way to four wins in their last six games and could be even better as new arrivals Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen adjust to their new club.
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.
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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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