I'm really starting to wonder if the Blackhawks want to make the playoffs and I now find myself asking if I even want them to make the playoffs.
The defending champs had another lack luster outings losing to Tampa Bay 2-0. The Hawks are now 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and are holding a very slim lead for the 8th seed in the West. With only 4 games to go the Hawks have 92 points and might need every point they can get to even have a chance to face off against Vancouver in the first round.
The hope currently is that forward Patrick Sharp is going to practice tomorrow and hopefully will be able to play against the Red Wings in the final two games. Sadly there is still no timetable on the return of center Dave Bolland. My guess is maybe he could be back in time for the second round if the Hawks were to make it that far.
Just think not long ago the Hawks were the winner of 8 straight and climbed all the way up to the 4 seed and now are trying to beat out the Flames and Stars for the 8th seed. Calgary is less of a concern because they trail the Hawks in points and only have 2 games left to play while Dallas has the same amount of games left as Chicago.
Coach Q and company still have an outside shot at the 6th or 7th seed but they would probably have to win all 4 of their remaining games and still might need some help to pass the Ducks and Predators. Nashville has a 3 point lead on Chicago with 1 more game played while the Ducks are trying to comeback on the Stars and also have 1 more game played then the Hawks. Depending on the outcome of that game the Ducks could be tied with Nashville, 3 points ahead of Chicago or the Stars could be 3 points behind the Hawks in the race for 8th.
The remaining 4 games are in Montreal on Tuesday before they host the Blues on Wednesday before traveling to Detroit on Friday and then finishing the season on national TV Sunday against the rival Wings. The Canadians are in a race of their own in the East competing for one of the final three spots while the Blues have been eliminated and the Redwings are competing with San Jose for second in the West. So the Hawks control their fate, let's see what they do with it.