It’s been over two weeks, but the Blackhawks finally return to the United Center tonight to try and tame the Wild. The Hawks salvaged a moderately successful circus trip, finishing 3-1-2. Patrick Kane had the most memorable road trip of his career as he became the first American-born player to reach 19 games straight with a point.
Considering the Hawks are three games under .500 on the road this year, taking 8 out of a possible 16 points on the longest away stretch of the season isn’t horrible. If they keep up their current pace of winning at home, going .500 on the road should translate into another playoff year.
Coming into this game losers of 6 of their last 10, the Wild have cooled off after a hot start to their year. They’re also another example of a team with “little brother syndrome” similar to the Blues. No matter what they do, they end up playing the Hawks in the playoffs and lose. Last year they lost quite decisively. I honestly don’t even remember most of that series because it was over quicker than my interest in anything Pierre McGuire says.
Still, these teams have a great history against each other even going back to the North Stars days. The fight in ’85 is still at the top of my list of “I’m bored let’s watch YouTube” videos:
Not to mention these teams will be jockeying for position all season long. Any divisional game is crucial, so hopefully the Hawks have a successful Madhouse Homecoming.