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The Circus Trip

By Brian Kasnicka

Nov 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Chicago won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Each year the Blackhawks embark on a road trip that keeps them away from the madhouse on Madison for a couple of weeks.  This annual road trip has been dubbed the circus trip.  It’s called this for the exact reason you would think.  That’s right; the circus invades the United Center.  The Blackhawks have had a tremendous amount of success on this road trip under current head coach Joel Quenneville.  The Blackhawks are 21-9-2 under Coach Q and have outscored opponents 104- 82 during the circus trip.  They are 2-0 on this current trip and are outscoring opponents 11 -4, thus far.

The circus trip also provides an excellent opportunity for the team to bond with one another and come closer together.  Team chemistry is always important and the Hawks definitely have great chemistry.  During the 2010 Stanley Cup run I remember writers always asking the Hawks why they were playing so well on the road.  They didn’t have an answer for the question.  They just played Mario Kart with each other and dominated away from the madhouse.  Sure the team has undergone some changes since then, but the core has remained intact.

The Blackhawks upcoming schedule looks a little like this:

11/23 @Vancouver(13-6-1)

11/26 @Colorado(6-9-5)

11/28 @Anaheim(12-4-5)

11/29 @Los Angeles(11-5-4)

12/3 St. Louis(13-6-1)

12/5 Montreal(16-5-1)

12/6 @Nashville(13-5-2)

12/9 @New Jersey(9-9-2)

12/11 @Boston(13-9)

12/13 @New York(I)(14-6)

The Hawks offense really lit up the Oilers last night, but let’s see if they can keep up this offensive pace for the rest of the trip, as well as the season.  Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @BlackhawkUp and on Facebook.