The Chicago Blackhawks were in a great spot heading into the Western Canadian road trip, but it did not go very well at all.
The Chicago Blackhawks went into their Western Canadian road trip in a good spot. They were only a handful of points out of a playoff berth and looking to continue climbing. Things got off to a bad start on the trip and it didn’t really get much better from there. Sunday night’s 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets solidified them going 1-4 on the five-game trip. They only collected two out of a possible ten points.
They defeated the Calgary Flames on Saturday night which gave them a little bit of hope. That was before they were then defeated on Sunday night by the Winnipeg Jets to end the miserable road trip. It felt like a defeat that makes it clear that they should be sellers at the trade deadline. They seem to be too far out of the playoffs now for there to be any realistic chance.
They are down to six points out of the final spot of the Western Conference Wild Card race. They also have three teams in between themselves and the team holding down that final spot. It is definitely a tall hill to climb now and the trade deadline is one week from today.
This loss might solidify the fact that they should be sellers. That could mean that they start to trade off a few pieces and try to add draft/prospect capital for the future. They still have Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the fold so it is doubtful that they will rebuild but more retooling is definitely necessary.
They could get a bit lucky and dominate their two home games they have coming up. Those two games should be the final determining factor on whether or not they are buyers or sellers next Monday. The New York Rangers and Nashville Predators are bringing themselves to Chicago to take on the Hawks at the United Center. It was definitely a tough trip and it makes things look bleak, but there seems to be a belief in their room that they still could do it.