The Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of forming a historic dynasty that could include four Stanley Cup championships in just eight years. Currently sitting at the top of the Western Conference with 105 points, Chicago only trails Washington and Columbus with the playoffs quickly approaching.
Patrick Kane, the reigning NHL MVP, ranks second in the league with 84 points and he's also in the top 10 for goals scored. Scott Darling ranks among the league's best with a 2.32 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Meanwhile, the rest of the team seems to be clicking on all cylinders.... outside of their recent 7-0 loss.
Captain Toews, who shares the league’s highest cap hit this season with teammate Patrick Kane at $10.5 million (U.S.), was tied for 117th in league scoring at the time with just 28 points, and 159th with a mere nine goals.
The 28-year-old has been an offensive juggernaut since, racking up 11 goals and 28 points over his past 26 games, outscoring none other than Sidney Crosby over that span.
The team only has three total losses since March 12th.
Kane's scoring barrage has masked how good the defense of this team has been. That is one reason the Hawks are optimistic about the playoffs as they believe they are as deep on defense as at any time in recent memory.
"I don't know if it's ever been this deep," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We feel the eight we have here can all play. We actually have three down there in Rockford that can play here as well. We feel we can trust them against top lines and (when) they're out there against different matchups in any situation at any time of the game you're comfortable with whoever is on the ice."
"If you look at the roster, it's pretty impressive," leading scorer Patrick Kane said. "It's pretty scary for another team if they're looking at the board and knowing what they have to go up against that night."
Chicago has five games left in the regular season and are currently battling for playoff positioning. The Blackhawks are considered one of the top three favorites to win it all in 2017 according to Las Vegas odds.
It looks like it's time for Chicago to prepare for another championship run.
That leaves only one message, let's "Win The Whole F-ing Thing" Chicago.
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