As St. Louis and Anaheim are starting to pull away from the pack, this leaves the Hawks sweating it out in the 3rd seed. Anaheim and St. Louis are on a ridiculous pace right now, and the Hawks are stumbling to maintain identity.
Corey Crawford has yet to win since he's come back. Bryan Bickell isn't playing up to his $4m /yr contract.
After being on a ridiculous pace, Patrick Kane hasn't registered a point 4 out of his last 5 games.
It is a bit of concern that the Hawks are still stumbling through the season. They have not found the energy they need to have at the beginning of games and have been playing catch up. Well, NOW, they will have to play catch up to 2 of the single hottest teams in the league who both happen to be in their conference. The Hawks have the ability to catch up, but the desire seems to be the issue. Hawks are "KINGS" of screwing up in the final 4 minutes of a game to either give the game away completely or to push a game into O.T. that had absolutely NO RIGHT being there to begin with. Believe it or not, this issue must be solved before the playoffs. Duncan Keith, though playing his best, and Patrick Kane, though playing his best, need to be more vocal and show that production. The last few games Patrick Kane has been invisible.
Coach Q is so nonchalant, I do wonder where his areas of concern are for this team,(But that concern is as a fan,...not a realistic concern,... for I do see the Hawks are not a team to fold. They are built to last).
So, as the teams get nearer and nearer to Sochi, the Hawks will have 10 players going, and will have to focus their time on saving energy and getting focused for the finish run.