Monday, February 18, 2013
Can Anyone Stop The Chicago Blackhawks?
The Chicago Blackhawks have been putting the entire NHL on notice, winning 12 of their first 15 games and have managed to get a point from each of them! In fact, their three losses have only come via a shootout! With a record of 12-0-3, not only do the Blackhawks possess the best record in the NHL, but arguably have the best roster up and down the entire lineup.
To Start, the Blackhawks have plenty of superstar talent with the likes of; Patrick Kane, Jonathan Towes, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, and Duncan Keith. Even in games where these players do not produce offense, other players, such as; Andrew Shaw, Viktor Stalberg, Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy, Bryan Bickel, and others have provided the team with scoring depth.
Another thing just as impressive is the Blackhawks are 8 of 10 in road games (8-0-2). The only other team to win 8 out of 10 on the road are the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-2-0).
The Blackhawks also have two quality goaltenders in Corey Crawford and Ray Emery who are also a big reason to Chicago's early season success.
The Blackhawks are no doubt the most complete team in hockey right now and look to be Stanley Cup favorites. Now the only question that remains is if they can keep this up and continue to duplicate the same results they have produced through their first 15 games.
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