Hawks Unbeaten Streak: Not A Fluke

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Updated: March 7, 2013

DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING BLOG WAS WRITTEN AMIDST THE BLACKHAWKS GAME LAST NIGHT; UNBEKOWNST TO ME UNTIL I WAS HALF WAY DONE. CHANGES MADE TO BLOG AFTER OUTCOME WAS DETERMINED ARE IN BOLD.


21
-0-3.  A point in every game to start an NHL season. A feat no team has done before.


If you had asked any player, team, analyst, fan, bum on the street if they thought it’d be the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks perhaps only the bum would bet his pennies on it.


But reality is – they have done just that. They have found a way to scrap a point in all 24 games so far in this lockout-shortened season, and last night was no different.


Oh wait, aren’t the Hawks playing right now? Maybe I should wait to see if this blog makes any sense. (JINX)


I like the “bum”, follow the Blackhawks quite regularly. If for some reason I decided to leave the mess of a  slowly improving franchise in Toronto and all of a sudden “see the light,” the Blackhawks would be my choice.


Obviously the Hawks have talent, so much that few teams rival it. You could stop at the young buffalo, Pat Kane, hog nose Toews and toothless Duncan Keith, but they’ve got even more.


Sharp, Hossa, you name it.


But dare I say – that isn’t the reason they are on this improbable run? Why you
ask? Well because the team itself that endured a 9 game losing streak at one point last year, something I can’t even say my Leafs did, is mostly the same team on the ice this year.


17 of the 27 players on last year’s squad have logged ice time on this one. History says eventually they will lose and endure a string of losses, but I say this team may just defy history. That same team that lost 9 games in a row last year – still finished with 101 points; better than half the league.


This team knows how to win and always had.  Reality is – now they are getting quality, healthy goaltending. That’s the one thing the post-2010 cup winning Hawks didn’t have in 2011 or 2012. They shipped Neimi to San Jose, put their marbles in Corey Crawford who caught the injury bug, and when healthy wasn’t very good.


Then they bring in the boxer, Ray Emery and for some reason both aren’t giving any goals up.


The Hawks are scoring timely goals, just like last night. During the streak they’ve made it to OT 10 times, won 7.  They’ve won 13 one-goal games.


Do the math – 16 of their 24 games to date have been within a goal.


That’s pressure. Clutch. Close. Impressive.


And teams aren’t just rolling over either. All the one-goal games negate that.


Just accept it. The Hawks are untouchable. To put it into perspective, the Anaheim Ducks are having a great season at 16-3-3 and no ones talking about them, because they are 10 points behind the league-best Hawks.


Luckily it’s a matter of changing 20 to a 21 wins and 23 to 24 games. The streak lives.  

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