The biggest thing is that the Blackhawks are finding a way to get results.

Despite a power play that continues to falter, despite a shaky start and despite being unable to capitalize on the few quality chances they were able to create, grinding out points like the one they got in a 2-1 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center will go a long way toward not only making sure the Hawks reach the playoffs but also are in the right frame of mind when they get there.

''We'll take the point," coach Joel Quenneville said. ''You're looking in the rearview mirror. The priority is making the playoffs first. Obviously, we want to keep trying to move ahead, but there's a lot traffic back there. We'll take the point and keep pushing.''