Can't Win 'Em All, Welcome to the Thunderdome, Waiting on Kane, Bad Binnington, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Can’t Win ‘Em All, Welcome to the Thunderdome, Waiting on Kane, Bad Binnington, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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You literally cannot win them all. But the Chicago Blackhawks probably should be 5-0-0 against the Detroit Red Wings this season, when you look at the number of chances they created last night. Instead, they are 4-1-0 after the United Center loss.

•   The Blackhawks dominated the Red Wings in possession and chances created. It just came down to which chances went in for either team. That’s not to say that Malcolm Subban was fully at fault for the loss, but he had a few goals that you’d certainly like to have back.

•   We talked about it yesterday before the game, but the Blackhawks are one of the worst teams playing at even-strength this season. The Red Wings aren’t much better, but the Blackhawks needed to out-play them to have more of an advantage over the last-place team in the Central Division. They did that, but still came up short.

•   Hockey is dumb like that.

•   The Blackhawks still sit in a playoff spot based on points and point percentage, but heading into a tough stretch of their season, they need all the points they can get.

•   If they are going to have to learn about overcoming adversities, you’d rather it be now against a team like Detroit, than teams currently atop the Division, many of which they will now have to face in the month of March.

•   (a.k.a. The Thunderdome month):

•   This will be the contender or pretender month for the Blackhawks. Honestly, just having games to care about and sweat over is more fun than I expected to have when we were getting ready for the season back in early January.

•   Patrick Kane is still waiting on career goal number 400. You know the drill by now – fourth player in Blackhawks franchise history to reach 400-goals and the 100th player in NHL history. I feel like it will come tonight.

•   Speaking of tonight’s action, the Blackhawks will don their Adidas Hockey Reverse Retro jerseys for the first time this season!

•   And finally, it’s been fun having the Red Wings in the division this season, but I do miss the rivalry with the St. Louis Blues just a little bit. But it seems like the Blues are having a good time out West…

•   Those Sharks Reverse Retro sweaters take me back.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.