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How long can Chicago go?

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The Miami Heat make be making a lot of noise with their 16-game winning streak, but the Chicago Blackhawks have something special going in their own right as they've yet to lose in regulation this season. 24 straight games to open the season and Chicago has gotten a point in the standings in every one of them. In fact, only three times did they fail to get both points from a game and are subsequently running away with the Western Conference. But all good things must end and this Chicago streak is no exception. So when will it happen?

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Well the first test is tonight as Chicago is in Colorado looking to sweep a home-and-home with the Avalanche after using a 3rd period comeback on Wednesday to keep the streak alive. Colorado played the Hawks very tough the entire 60 minutes and with a 6-2-1-0 SU mark at home, I expect another great effort from the Avalanche tonight. If Chicago gets past Colorado again, they host Edmonton on Sunday and then head to Columbus early next week. Both of these teams might not look like legitimate threats on paper but both held 3rd period leads against Chicago already this year and were eventually downed in overtime.

The Blue Jackets may be one of the worst teams in the league and three losses to Chicago already this year doesn't help, but all three were by one goal, including the last one in OT. They seem to match up extremely well with Chicago and having been in their division for years now and seeing plenty of Toews, Kane and company over that span, Columbus really knows how to play Chicago.

Edmonton didn't have their young star Taylor Hall in the first meeting (3-2 OT loss) and having him back out there will help them against the Hawks this time around. Both teams have shown they can hang with the 1st place Hawks and like with the Miami Heat, it will be one of these "weaker" teams that will likely step up and end Chicago's streak.

It's impossible not to like Colorado (+140) tonight as home-and-home series' are extremely difficult to sweep, let alone when you know you're getting the opposition's (Colorado) best shot both times. If Chicago does survive, I think they will get to Columbus again and it will be the hated division rival that knocks off the Hawks at +400.

  
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