The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their nine game road trip on Tuesday. The Hawks will spend just under twenty days away from the United Center before they return home to face the St. Louis Blues on February 19. Lengthy road game series are common in the NHL, and have been a point of concern in recent negotiations for the possible NHL realignment.
This road game stretch will bring the Blackhawks to the ice with:
|TUE JAN 31, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||CANUCKS||9:00 PM|
|THU FEB 2, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||OILERS||8:30 PM|
|FRI FEB 3, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||FLAMES||8:00 PM|
|TUE FEB 7, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||AVALANCHE||8:00 PM|
|FRI FEB 10, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||SHARKS||9:30 PM|
|SAT FEB 11, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||COYOTES||7:30 PM|
|TUE FEB 14, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||PREDATORS||7:00 PM|
|THU FEB 16, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||RANGERS||6:00 PM|
|SAT FEB 18, 2012||BLACKHAWKS||BLUE JACKETS||12:00 PM|
The Blackhawks do not have a good road game record this season, losing 11 of the 21 Away match-ups before this road trip began. On their last sizable road trip back in November, the @NHLBlackhawks only tallied three wins of the six game series, falling to teams they will meet again in these next two weeks on the road.
November Road Trip: Nov. 16 – Nov. 26
|WED NOV 16, 2011||BLACKHAWKS||CANUCKS||9:00 PM||FINAL CHI (5) – VAN (1)|
|FRI NOV 18, 2011||BLACKHAWKS||FLAMES||8:00 PM||FINAL CHI (2) – CGY (5)|
|SAT NOV 19, 2011||BLACKHAWKS||OILERS||9:00 PM||FINAL CHI (2) – EDM (9)|
|WED NOV 23, 2011||BLACKHAWKS||SHARKS||9:30 PM||FINAL CHI (0) – SJS (1)|
|FRI NOV 25, 2011||BLACKHAWKS||DUCKS||3:00 PM||FINAL CHI (6) – ANA (5)|
|SAT NOV 26, 2011||BLACKHAWKS||KINGS||9:30 PM||FINAL CHI (2) – LAK (1)|
While the Blackhawks will have a few days to return home and recoup in between some of these games, this road trip is going to be a challenge for the Chicago team, who until recently held the No.1 one spot in the Western Conference, but have since fallen to No. 6.