The Chicago Blackhawks went into the season with low expectations, but those did not last.
It looked like they might be even worse than the Detroit Red Wings who were one of the worst teams of all time in 2019-20. Now, everyone has carried their own weight and the Hawks look way better than we thought. At 8-5-4, they look like a team that can compete for the playoffs in a Wild Card spot.
They have scored 50 goals and given up 51 so far this season. That is really good considering that they gave up five goals a game in each of their first four matchups. They work harder than their opponent almost every game and that has allowed them to come away with more victories than losses (up to this point). There is still a lot of hockey left to go but this is an exciting team.
Of course, winning is the most important thing in hockey and the Blackhawks have done a fair share of that this season. They don’t have a loaded roster as they did in the early 2010s so a few individuals have to step above the rest in order to make this work. Everyone has done their part but a couple of guys have been even better.
At the end of each season, the National Hockey League has its individual awards that they give out, and the Chicago Blackhawks have three people who could be in the mix for one of them. It would be cool to see one (or all) of these three at least get a nomination: