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Three Players The Chicago Blackhawks Cannot Afford To Lose!

By Sean Fitzgerald
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The Blackhawks suffered some injuries last season however none were season ending. The Blackhawks lost Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw, Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, and Jonathan Toews last season. Back in 2012-13 the Blackhawks did not sustain any major injuries. If the Blackhawks want to once again hoist the Stanley Cup they need three players to stay healthy all season long.

Here are three players:

May 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) with the puck during the second period of game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

3. Marian Hossa: The Blackhawks need for Hossa to stay healthy. The Blackhawks do not have anyone to replace his kind of production, during his tenure with Blackhawks, Hossa has scored 125 goals and 151 assists. That is an average of 25 goals and 30.2 assists per season. Now Hossa has not stayed healthy during most his tenure with the Blackhawks with the most games Hossa played was 81 and that was back in 2011-12. Hossa appeared in 72 games last season. Hossa stats do not include his leadership and his defensive prowess and his two-way play and domination at times cannot be replaced.

2. Patrick Kane: Patrick Kane is another  irreplaceable piece to the Blackhawks. It is that simple!  He is magic in the offensive zone and can take over a game at any time. Last season the Blackhawks got brief sample size of what life would be like without Kane, and Everyone was not pleased with life without Kane. The Blackhawks were able to play younger players during the 13 games Kane missed, however, a significant loss would doom the Blackhawks season. No organization has the depth to replace Kane.