|NHL: 5 Red-Hot Chicago Blackhawks Stepping Up in Lieu of Jonathan Toews|
The Chicago Blackhawks have been without the services of Jonathan Toews for over a month. As the captain goes, so go the 'Hawks is the conventional wisdom. So why have the 'Hawks been on such a tear?
Chicago has been the hottest team in the Western Conference, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games following a 5-1 win in Columbus Tuesday night. As the Blackhawks return to the United Center to host Vancouver, they have closed the gap on division rivals Detroit and Nashville.
Toews has been out of the lineup for 14 games. The 'Hawks would have done well just to stay in the playoff mix without their most vital skater. Instead, Chicago has gone 9-4-1 and is threatening to grab home-ice advantage in the opening round of the postseason.
A host of 'Hawks have stepped up their games since Toews left the lineup last month. Here are five notable skaters who are heating up at a crucial time for Chicago.
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