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One Minute Remaining: Hawks On A Record-Setting Pace

Friday, 02.26.2010 / 12:13 PM / Features
By Harvey Wittenberg  - Web Contributor
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One Minute Remaining: Hawks On A Record-Setting Pace
The surging Blackhawks are on pace to shatter most of the all-time team records, but their "One Goal" remains the coveted Stanley Cup. No need to remind the Blackhawks faithful that it's been 49 long years since Chicago last had possession of that hardware.

After last season's 104-point performance, which surprised a lot of opponents and many forecasters, no one is taking this Hawks squad lightly. In fact, many NHL teams have been targeting Chicago all year. Despite this, the Hawks have managed one of the best records in the NHL.

This season, the Blackhawks hit the 40-win mark in record time -- 60 games, besting the 1970-71 squad by one contest. With 21 games remaining after the Olympics break -- 10 at home and 11 on the road -- the Hawks are on track to eclipse many franchise records.

The Blackhawks reached 107 points twice in their history, in both the 1970-71 & '71-72 seasons, and this year’s team is on track to top that record. Also in their sights should be the franchise record for home wins (30 in '70-71) and road victories (22 in '92-93 and ’08-09).

A big reason the Blackhawks are in the running to break all of these records is their balanced scoring. Thus far, Chicago has nine players with 10 goals or more, led by Patrick Kane's 25. Only Washington has more (10).

The special teams statistics are also impressive: The Blackhawks’ penalty killers are among the top five in the league, and despite some recent struggles, the power play is in the top-ten. Marian Hossa leads the NHL with shorthanded goals (5), and the Blackhawks are tied for third-fewest against in the league.

Heading into the last 21 games, the Blackhawks’ keys to success will be staying healthy and maintaining momentum into the playoffs.

With solid play from a deep Blackhawks team, now might be the best opportunity there is for the Blackhawks’ 49-year dry spell to end.