The Central Division also continues to be one of the toughest in the NHL. Aside from the Northeast Division, which has four teams between 22-26 points, the Central is the league's deepest division. The Central have four teams in the top-15 in ESPN's rankings and would have four teams in the playoffs if the season ended today.
The Blackhawks do have plenty of division tests remaining. They are 5-0-0 in the Central and still have to face the Blues and Predators four more times each , the Red Wings three more times and the Blue Jackets twice more.