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November: No clowns in ‘Hawks circus (OK, 1 clown)

By Jeffrey Bartl
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I forgot Toronto sucks really, really bad. Sorry.

It’s time for the Western Conference powers to get their shot at the Blackhawks in a November that I’m looking as forward to as a wet fart in my face. Forget that October stretch having eight of 10 games at the United Center. The annual Circus Trip awaits, and it ain’t gonna be pretty unless the ‘Hawks can get healthy and get the power play doing something other than sucking a big fat ass.

The rough November schedule begins tomorrow night in Phoenix before playing the second game of a back-to-back in Colorado. Ilya Bryzgalov and Craig Anderson are playing out of their minds thus far and both teams are out to prove they belong in the Western Conference playoff discussion.

There is a four-game homestand in the middle of the month, but that isn’t anything close to a cakewalk. Los Angeles, Colorado and San Jose visit the UC in the span of a week, with Toronto bringing the recently activated Phil Kessel to Chicago.

The good news is that Jonathan Toews is back on the ice and could play tomorrow against Phoenix. The bad news is our power play looks so bad that I’d rather watch re-runs of Sex and the City during those two minutes of disaster. Against the top-teir teams on the schedule, the ‘Hawks need to start taking advtanage of every opportunity they get.

The Circus Trip to Canada and the west coast is brutal: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose and Anaheim and Los Angeles in a back-to-back right after Thanksgiving. Tell me what I’m supposed to be thankful for regarding this situation?

Seven of the nine teams on the schedule in the month are over .500 as of today. That’s a far cry from seeing Nashville three times in October.

I’ll have more on Phoenix later, including an update of the Blackhawks Blogsphere Roadwatch at Whirlaway in Logan Square!

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