Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/24/12

HELSINKI, FINLAND - OCTOBER 02: #2 Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks in action during The Compuware/NHL Premiere Helsinki series match between the Florida Panthers and the Chicago Blackhawks at the Hartwall Areena on October 2, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. The Compuware/NHL Premiere series is the first every regular season NHL matches to be held in Helsinki. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks have been the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) second hottest team, behind only the scintillatingly-hot Pittsburgh Penguins who have sported a 13-0-1 record recently.  The Blackhawks have blistered their way up the NHL’s Western Conference standings at an 8-1-1 clip, including a recent 5-0-0 run, all of this being done without the services of their captain and leader Jonathan Toews, who has missed the past 14 games with a concussion. In spite of this devastating loss, the Blackhawks are only one point out of the Western Conference’s 4th position. They have received stellar goaltending from Corey Crawford, who has appeared to solidify himself as the starting netminder for the rest of the season and quite possibly the Stanley Cup playoffs, barring an injury or an impending funk. Their defense has been rock-solid, giving up only 16 goals in nine of their last ten games played, save for surrendering five goals against the St. Louis Blues on March 6th.  Their blu...
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