Well tomorrow baseball comes back and I’m more in anticipation mode than normal. Usually the first couple of months of the season are kind of back seat, second choice to The Blackhawks and the playoffs. The last couple of years have been disappointing after 3 Stanley Cups since 2010. Their early exits from the post season in recent campaigns and missing the playoffs all together last year leaving fans to wonder what’s next? Well here we are with 5 games left and the Hawks need to win them all and have some luck besides.Here’s what Jimmy Greenfield wrote in this mornings Trib:
The Blackhawks picked the worst possible time for their worst offensive output in nearly five months. Nick Cousins scored a power-play goal early in third period to break up a scoreless game and Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots to give the Coyotes a 1-0 victory Tuesday night, the third time this season and the first time since Nov. 10 the Hawks have been shut out. The Coyotes’ win moved them into a tie with the Avalanche for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. The Hawks didn’t move any further back after the loss, but because the Avalanche and Coyotes play each other later this week one of the teams is guaranteed at least two more points, effectively putting the Hawks’ seven points behind with six games to play. The Hawks failed to score more than two goals for the sixth straight game and completed a three-game stretch against the Avalanche and Coyotes with a 1-2 record.
So if you’re a gambler here’s what ya got.
The Blackhawks are quickly running out of time to make up ground in the Western Conference playoff race. Their road loss to the Coyotes last night was a major setback; they still have to climb over the Wild as well. The Hawks are five points out of the second and final wildcard spot in the West.
Here is a breakdown of the Blackhawks’ postseason pursuit.
Standings The top two teams make the playoffs. 1. Stars: 84 points, 76 games played 2. Avalanche: 81 points, 77 games played 3. Coyotes: 81 points, 77 games played 4. Wild: 79 points, 77 games played 5. Blackhawks: 76 points, 76 games played 6. Oilers: 76 points, 76 games played 7. Canucks: 74 points, 77 games played 8. Ducks: 74 points, 78 games played
Next 5 Games Thursday at Sharks, 9:30 p.m., NBCSCH Saturday at Kings, 9:30 p.m., NBCSCH Monday vs. Jets, 7:30 p.m., WGN-9 April 3 vs. Blues, 7 p.m., NBCSN April 5 vs. Stars, 7:30 p.m., NBCSCH
Odds to make playoffs 1.4 percent according to hockey-reference.com.