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Chicago Blackhawks: Why They're Built for a Deep Playoff Run in 2012

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 31: Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates after scoring against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period in NHL action on January 31, 2012 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIFebruary 5, 2012

I know things look bad now, but to quote Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, "The night is darkest before the dawn."

The Chicago Blackhawks currently find themselves in the mist of a five-game losing streak, collecting only one point out of a possible 10. They also have lost seven straight on the road and still have six games left on this current road trip.

They haven't won a road game since December.

With all that being said, let's not overreact.

Remember, the 'Hawks still have Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.

Plus, don't forget Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook and former Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith.

Oh, and how did I forget the thorn in the Sedin brothers' side, Dave Bolland?

That's eight guys who were part of the team who hoisted the cup two years ago.

In addition to those eight, general manager Stan Bowman has added promising young players in Viktor Stalberg, Nick Leddy and Marcus Kruger. Also, I doubt we have seen the last of Jimmy Hayes this season.

The Blackhawks have enough talent among the forwards that they get production from all four of their lines.

With all those guys I have already listed, they also have a strong group of veterans in Jamal Mayers, Sean O'Donnell, Steve Montador, Andrew Brunette and the recently acquired Brendan Morrison.

This team is deep and I haven't even mentioned the struggling Michael Frolik and Brian Bickell.

Are they perfect? No.

Currently, the defense and goaltending has to be a concern.

However, even with all these current struggles, they still are sixth in the Western conference and have a 10-point lead on the ninth-place team.

Currently, they seem to lack focus and play down to their competition. There is no better example then Tuesday's game against Vancouver and then followed that up with the beatdown in Edmonton.

For everyone still not convinced, before this current slide they had won five out of their last six games. 

Things currently look pretty bad for the Blackhawks, but I'm here to tell you, to again steal a line from Harvey Dent, "And I promise you, the dawn is coming."

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @dachicagofan, and check out my weekly Blackhawks podcast every Friday on my site The MG Experience.

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