The NHL season is roughly 20 games in and again the Chicago Blackhawks have established themselves as one of the top teams in the league. The Blackhawks currently have 32 points through 21 games and are tied with the Ducks for best in the Western Conference. Last night the Hawks played particularly well in thrashing the Sharks 5-1. Heading into the game these Sharks were seen as one of the contenders in the conference but more than likely left the UC with their shortcomings between their legs.
The Hawks are again led by their two superstars Kane and Toews, who’ve got 21 and 19 points respectively. The goaltending has been okay as Corey Crawford’s posted a modest 2.42 GAA with .910% for saves. The story for the Hawks is again the offense which is overpowering teams to tune of 3.57 G/G, which is tops in the NHL. The Hawks defense isn’t nearly as stout as it was last year as they rank 22nd at 2.81 GA/G.
The Hawks biggest obstacle appears to be the St. Louis Blues who’ve got the top scorer in the NHL in Alexander Steen as well as a solid defensive core that takes pride in being more physical than the Hawks. In head-to-head matchups this year the Hawks have a record of 0-1-1 with the Blues. On the season as a whole that has accounted for nearly a third of the Hawks defeats in either regulation or overtime/shootout. The Hawks need to try and solve the enigmatic Blues before they meet in the playoffs, which is a playoff match-up that Chicago will be looking to avoid.