In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show Monday, NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick addressed the Blackhawks’ current streak of 22 games without a regulation loss and just how meaningful their record is this season.
“Look [at] what they’re doing at the time of the National Hockey League when it’s, I think, as good as it’s ever been,” Roenick said. “There are so many good teams and the Chicago Blackhawks just roll over 22 without a loss in regulation.”
The Blackhawks almost lost this astonishing momentum on Sunday, when they were down to the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in the third and had little time remaining. The team, and their streak, was saved by a power-play goal from Patrick Kane at 2:02 left in regulation.
“Just when you think it’s going to end - yesterday, it’s one-nothing late in the game, you think it’s going to end - they find a way to get it done,” Roenick said.
“They’re obviously favorites to win the cup. They’re sick impressive,” he added.
Roenick said the biggest competition for the Blackhawks in their race to the Stanley Cup, is likely to be the Boston Bruins in the East or the Anaheim Ducks in the West.
“I don’t think there’s anybody close, but if you go by just records this year, and how they’ve played, those two teams are really the only teams I see getting close to them,” he said.
As for what’s behind the Blackhawks’ stellar season, Roenick credits the depth of the roster – “They have one first line and three second lines, it’s amazing how deep they are” - and the phenomenal work of Corey Crawford between the pipes.
“The reason why the Hawks continued their streak yesterday is because of Corey Crawford,” Roenick said. “He was absolutely spectacular and made save after save after save to keep that team close.”
“That’s one thing they haven’t had in the last couple years is a goaltender who did that,” he said. “I think he’s really grown as a goaltender, and that makes them all the more strong.”