Tension has certainly risen to a new level in Chicago after the Blackhawks lost a key game to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
It was a game between two teams that are in a heated battle to earn one of the lower seeds into the playoffs, and it certainly felt and seemed like it was a playoff game.
The standings have gotten even closer, and the fears that this Blackhawks team will be the first since the Hurricanes of five years ago to not make the playoffs after winning the Cup the year before are turning real.
But, much as some wrote the Blackhawks off by January before they skyrocketed back up the standings, the light has not been blown out quite yet.
There are several factors why this Blackhawks team will be proudly standing in the eight-team dance in a few weeks and will once again be battling for the biggest prize in the game.