The Blackhawks can solidify their spot with the NHL's best record for this shortened regular season with a win tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, or a Pittsburgh Penguins loss. If the Hawks lose in overtime, the President's Trophy can still be theirs as long as the Penguins lose in regulation. With only four games left, it looks likely the team will take top honors in the NHL regular season, but what will that mean in the playoffs?
The Blackhawks were only the two seed in 2010 when they won the Cup, and their chemistry on the road was well documented. Even considering the past, clearly a team would prefer to have home ice advantage through the playoffs, and that would certainly be a luxury looking ahead to any potential game sevens.
Most importantly, wrapping-up the President's Trophy tonight would allow coach Joel Quenneville the opportunity to rest players and prepare for the beginning of the playoffs. While such a lull in intensity from Q should probably not be expected, having the opportunity to do so can only benefit the team.
The Blackhawks will likely be facing a feisty Vancouver Canuck squad tonight; one sure to deliver the same cheap shots and dirty play we have come to almost love from them. Hopefully the Hawks can show up ready to play tonight and dominate this game, clinch the Presidents trophy, and start prepping for another Stanley Cup run. It has been too long since this city had a dynasty.