So much for the early season concerns. The Blackhawks have won their last six contests and seven of their last eight. They’ve vaulted themselves to a tie for first place in the Western Conference with Edmonton. Wait…yup, Edmonton. That’s weird to say/write.
Most recently they reminded the Stars that they are perpetually not ready for the big stage. They are the new Blues, and the Blues are the new Sharks. They’ve also gone from a less than 50% PK to now 65%…still worst in the league but at least you can hold your lunch for now.
The most encouraging aspect of the young season is that Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov are scoring. Currently on pace for around 70 points, that would be the most points Haus has accumulated since the 2011-2012 campaign. Anisimov’s 17 points lead the league. I’m not expecting his ridiculous 33% shooting percentage to hold up, so his production will drop. But still, it’s nice to see something more out of this long-term investment.
Nothing means anything just yet, so nothing I’m saying is really worth a damn. The real test is always going to be the playoffs. Knowing that, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team with more playoff experience than the Hawks. Barring any injuries (which will come) this team is poised to make another Cup run.