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Blackhawks send Red Wings below .500 on road

Feb 21, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings’ home winning streak remains intact at 23, but they might want to find a way to get things together when they’re not at Joe Louis Arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks extended their own winning streak to four games tonight with a tight 2-1 win over Detroit, pushing their division rivals’ road record to a surprising 15-16-1. Corey Crawford‘s four-game winning streak matches his teams and he’s playing like the guy who the franchise finally decided to settle on last off-season.

This loss ends the Red Wings’ more general winning streak of six games, but it might be valuable for the purposes of Jimmy Howard shaking off his rust while not putting the home run in jeopardy.

They play their next two games at home, including Thursday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks – the contest that the largest amount of PHT readers believe will end it all. That Vancouver game could have a serious impact on the race for the first seed in the Pacific as Vancouver is two points behind Detroit with a game in hand.

Chicago is now comfortably in sixth place with 73 points. That designation would almost certainly set up a match with the Pacific Division winner, which at this time would be San Jose. (I’d say that would be an 11 out of 10 on the scale of first round playoff matchups.)

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One game can only tell so much, but it’s starting to seem more and more obvious that the Red Wings have more incentive than any other top team to take the top seed.

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  1. bensawesomeness - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Neither team can play like they did in this game and win anything, let alone the Cup

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Good teams can make you look bad at times, and both sides were playing good teams.

      If Chicago does in fact have their collective head removed from their collective posterior (and also doesn’t wind up as a 4 or 5 seed), then there’s a good chance this is the conference final matchup.

      Considering their games this year, it would be fun to watch.

  2. danphipps01 - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Chicago vs. San Jose, huh? Yeah, that I could stand to see. One would hope San Jose puts up a bit of a fight this time around, though. Being swept has a way of making “But at least we made the conference final!” ring hollow in the fans’ ears.

  3. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    EXPOSED

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      As an idiot? Yes, you have been.

  4. jpelle82 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    detroit better finish 1 overall…they dont want to see home ice taken from them by vancouver and then meet them in the west conf finals.

  5. polegojim - Feb 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Bright side…. Wings are 6-1 in the last 7.
    Dark side…hate to see and say it, but… they took the night off.

    Canucks tonight, streak on the line – toughest game of htisin a long time.

    Following are the struggling but dangerous Avs. Two tough ones.

    Won’t win them all and if I had my druthers… I’d rather have them drop a meaningless game in Chicago and win these next two. Overall, they’ve got Hawks number.

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