Is The Schedule The Blackhawks Best Friend?

When Patrick Kane went down, things looked bleak for the Blackhawks. But the schedule makers were good friends to the Hawks when they put together the 2014-15 calendar, and the push for the playoffs could provide Chicago with opportunities to improve.

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After the trade deadline on Monday afternoon, the Blackhawks play only five games in 15 days, including only two in six days. And of the games the Blackhawks have on the calendar in March and April, a surprising number of them are against teams not in the playoff mix.

  • March 2 – Carolina
  • March 6 – Edmonton
  • March 12 – @ Arizona
  • March 21 – @ Dallas
  • March 23 – @ Carolina
  • March 25 – @ Philadelphia
  • March 27 – Columbus
  • April 3 – @ Buffalo
  • April 11 – @ Colorado

Of course, the Stars and Avs haven’t been easy games for the Blackhawks over the last couple years and Philly may continue their annual late-season push for a playoff spot. But right now, nine of the Blackhawks 19 games after the trade deadline will be against teams currently not within four points of a playoff spot.

In comparison, March is certainly no cakewalk for the Blues. While they have games against the Flyers (twice), Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs, St. Louis will also have to face Minnesota, Winnipeg and Vancouver twice each. The Blues also have a six-game road trip that includes visits to Minnesota, Winnipeg, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

In March, the Hawks have a number of nice breaks as well. Twice in the first two weeks of the month, Chicago has three full days off between games. And there are three more instances of the Hawks having two full days off between games as well.

15 thoughts on “Is The Schedule The Blackhawks Best Friend?

  1. Good analysis. The games still need to be played, strange things always happen both good and bad.

    If indeed they make an acquisition or two, there’ll be some good practice time to help the team gel.

  2. Tab: Sure most of these teams are out of the play-off picture, and the Hawks should beat them, but the Hawks (even with Kane) have struggled (at times) against them…

    The Hawks seem to pick up their game against teams higher up in the standings.

    Hopefully the Hawks sense of urgency (we saw it last night) will continue…

  3. Tough game tonight. Will Crawford go back to back or will Darling be in to see how he handles a good offense?

  4. 5 on 3 last night? No rest to cure that power play? The “rest” and time between games will be a big benefit for sure. They certainly seem to be “Stuck” though in playing very average and unless they pick up an “extreme talent” before monday they will need some luck to advance. They seldom dominate in the playoffs, even last year, so just about every series no matter who is a struggle for them, they need to play so hard and so focused as team for all 3 periods to even win by one goal. They need all 4 lines playing at such a high level, no one lien carries them that sounds good in a BAR but not very good on the ICE in the game, nice to have a few studs to carry ya. Anyway St. Louis is average too, their defense reguardless of stats is average and goal tending is weak at best, easy to beat, plus they take a lot of dumb penalties but since the Hawks power play blows maybe, Blues can beat them. Without an effective power play any real Analysis of Hawks future is useless? They are always the least penalized so that is one reason they stay on top in the rankings but the power play 5 on 3 is anyone paying attention here?

  5. I’m paying attention and there’s no excuse for their crappy power play. What excuse is there for a team with talent struggling to create chances consistently and giving up shorthanded opportunities too often?

  6. Mook- that 5 on 3 PP… with Hoss on goal line!!! Q have you been watching… Hoss has potted a few goals on PP in last few weeks… NOT FROM THE GOAL LINE!!!!!!!!!
    81 has the hardest one timer on PP- and Q puts him on the Goal line???

    I was screaming at the TV/Q there!!! and Q- What good has 2 delivered from the Point on PP??????? #2 has been mostly bumbling on PP – all Year!!!

    And I just don’t get it,,, so Pathetic!!! and ya learn to accept it…

  7. Wall, agree completely with last post! I was also screaming to get some kind of motion on the 5on3. Everyone basically stayed in the same position the whole time. Not possible to open up any lanes to shoot when you don’t move! UGH!

  8. You know the Hawks are clueless on the power play when even Edzo is up in the booth telling them they are doing it wrong.

  9. I have jumped off the ledge but landed on an easement a few feet down.

    Still would like to see a splash so at a minimum there’s something fun to talk about. Otherwise I’ll just have nightmares about Backes and Oshie actually winning a playoff series and that thought makes me want to vomit everywhere.

  10. There is no way a team can dress Runblad, Exiron and Cumiesky on the same night and believe with a straight face they have a snowball’s chance in hell to go anywhere in the playoffs. And that doesn’t take into account the massive loss of Kane and the nightily nothingness of Sharp and Richards, combined with the nothing nothingness of role players Bickell, Shaw, Smith.

  11. My dream would be adding a credible physical blueliner and Glencross. Don’t see it happening though.

    And isn’t it ironical how Q gets bashed to crap by the meatballs for not playing the youngsters? Well, I suggest rhe Mensa Society check out the still craptacular nature of Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Vik Stalberg.

  12. Whelp Jimmy Hayes does have 17 goals in 52 games… That isn’t bad… Kevin probably would have helped the team, oops.

    Richards is who he is, and was effective enough to have Kane leading the league in scoring soooooo mission accomplished there and pretty end of discussion. Rendered a little less potent now that his right side is a little weaker but pair him with Hossa and I promise you good things happen.

    Bickell, Shaw and Sharp have been a disappointment but whatever. Either way they need another defender and probably a NHL grindy veteran kinda guy. But definitely mostly a defender. If they get that sorted out this weekend then we can have a more level headed discussion about where they go or dont go in the playoffs.

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