David wrote:ok so you guys know i'm about a half notch below mojo in my hockey indifference. so last time i remember checking, the hawks were hanging with the wild points/record wise but i remember them being wayyyyy behind in goal differential (like i remember it being maybe mid single digits positive). the hawks now have a +40 differential (still behind the wild's +54) and are ahead by 7 points.
what the hell happened? have the hawks been blowing everybody out for the last several weeks or something?
was it just toews not sucking anymore (this was one of the narratives i had heard by sports media osmosis)?
The Wild have lost 5 straight. The Hawks have been scoring 4 goals a game lately. Contributing to that run we have the following:
Nick Schmaltz looking like a top 6 talent.
Hartman and Panik scoring more goals.
Some guy named Kane being red hot. Must not be very good since they gave him 88. (Sorry, it's a spring training thing.)
Johnny Oduya has solidified the defense. He allows TVR to be on the third pair where he belongs.