The Chicago Blackhawks did not play on Saturday but that did not stop the team from clinching a playoff berth.
When the Minnesota Wild defeated the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, the Blackhawks became the fifth team in the Western Conference to earn a spot in the playoffs.
The Blackhawks road to the playoffs this season may not have been as glamorous as their run last season; a season that ended with the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup championship.
Doubt has been casted on the idea of the Blackhawks repeating as Stanley Cup champions. Between an injury to Patrick Kane and less than stellar play, many fans believe that the Blackhawks simply aren’t as good as they were last season.
The concern may be unwarranted for Blackhawk fans.
Kane is expected to return in time for the playoffs and once the team is fully healthy, there is no reason why the Blackhawks can’t regain their championship form and repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
For the Blackhawks, the team has now earned a playoff berth in six straight seasons. In those six seasons, the Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cup championships.