5 Bold Predictions For The Chicago Blackhawks In The New Year | Bleacher Report

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The Blackhawks were fourth in that category last year and first in 2013 when they ended up winning the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks simply have too much talent and firepower to finish the season behind teams like the Predators, Rangers and Habs, all clubs that don’t have the same kind of scoring ability. Look for the Blackhawks to finish no worse than second in that category as they battle Steven Stamkos and the Lightning for the title of most prolific five-on-five team in the league this season. The Blackhawks Will Hoist the Stanley Cup in June Elise Amendola/Associated Press Last year’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings still hurts. The Blackhawks were one goal away from going back to the Stanley Cup Final and defending the title they earned in 2013 in a brutal and memorable confrontation with the Boston Bruins . But when Alec Martinez’s long wrist shot deflected past Corey Crawford and into the net, the Blackhawks were denied that opportunity. They had to watch the Kings instead, who dominated the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final and won hockey’s ultimate prize in a five-game series. That almost certainly would have been the same result if the Blackhawks had squared off against New York. This time, there will be no denying the Blackhawks. The pain of losing in the seventh game of the Western Conference Final will serve as the impetus to their success, and they will get back to the Cup Final. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2323232-5-bold-predictions-for-the-chicago-blackhawks-in-the-new-year

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The Blackhawks (26-12-2) were riding high after winning eight straight and 10 of 11, but things haven’t gone as smoothly during a 4-3-1 stretch. Chicago leads the league with a 2.15 goals-against average but has surrendered 20 goals over its last six games. The Blackhawks are looking to bounce back following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Colorado. Chicago recorded a season-high 54 shots but was blanked by Semyon Varlamov in suffering its first shutout since Nov. 2. Corey Crawford allowed both goals in the opening 1:17. The Blackhawks have given up the first goal in five straight games. “It’s frustrating,” forward Patrick Sharp told the team’s official website. “I think we can do a better job of getting to the net. I think the most frustrating part is the way we started the game again. Being down 2-0 quick like that changes the whole way the game is going to be played from there on out. We did generate a lot of shots on net. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-wild-preview-235401714–nhl.html

The Blackhawks (27-12-2) tuned up for the trip north with Thursday’s 4-2 win in Minnesota with a pair of goals from Bryan Bickell and a goal and two assists from Patrick Kane . Brad Richards added three assists. They’ve reached the halfway point in the season with some work to do in the Central, where they trail Nashville by two points. They finished the first half 14-1-0 when leading after one period and 14-0-0 when leading after two, and those numbers improved against the Wild because of Corey Crawford . Crawford made 42 saves in easily his best of eight games since returning from a lower-body injury. Prior to the injury, he was 12-5-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average. Since, he’s 4-3-1 with a 2.98 GAA, so there’s still work to do, but his value was recognized against the Wild. “That was a goalie win,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. “They were the better team tonight, for sure, and we dodged a bullet.” Crawford is 3-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA in his last four games against the Oilers. Chicago’s five straight wins in the series have come by a 26-10 total, including a 7-1 win in Edmonton on Nov. 22 to begin the season series. Kane has nine points in those wins and 23 on a 13-game point streak in the series. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/blackhawks-oilers-preview-010915


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