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One Minute: March-ing Toward The Playoffs

by Harvey Wittenberg / Chicago Blackhawks
This season’s young, exciting edition of the Blackhawks is on course to re-write many of the team's United Center records, in addition to having a shot at replacing several all-time marks set in the days of Hull, Mikita and Esposito.

This year's team has already established the longest winning streak in franchise history - 9 in a row last December - which erased the 1970-71 and 1980-81 teams' records of 8. Joel Quennville's squad should also eclipse the franchise's highest win total on the road since moving into the UC in 1995; the Hawks had 18 victories away from home in both their ‘95-96 and '96-97 campaigns.

But with a favorable schedule down the stretch – including 11 home contests in March – the Hawks could set some more Chicago records heading into the playoffs.

The 1969-70 Hawks team – which went from last place the year before to first – owns the best March record in Hawks history (11-1-2). Paced by Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito, the team clinched the top spot during the final game of their schedule, a 10-2 rout of defending Stanley Cup Champion Montreal, who was knocked out of the playoffs with that loss.

The 1990-91 squad owns the second-best record in March (10-2-2) on their way to 106 points on the season.

Chicago's 1970-71 team dominated their opponents in the friendly confines of the Chicago Stadium with 30 home victories and picked up another 19 wins on the road, resulting in 107 points – a Hawks record. The ’71-72 Hawks squad – Hull’s final season with the team – matched that total.

The Hawks have twice reached the 106 season point plateau; once in ’92-93 and again in '92-93, when they also set the team record for most road wins (22).

Chicago's 2001-02 group, who earned 96 points, holds the team record for points in the UC era.

If the Hawks continue on the path they have traveled so far, team records will have to be re-written. But that can wait until after the playoff push. MARCH ON!

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