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Chicago Blackhawks Fatigue- Valid Excuse 21 Games Into The Season?

By Keith Schultz
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Nov 23, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward

Brad Richards

(91) goes down during the second period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks lost 4-1 last night and looked to be a step behind in every play and loose puck situation unlike the night before when they out worked the Edmonton Oilers in a 7-1 blowout.  The Blackhawks have not exactly been playing a ton of games and before the road trip they were off three days in a row before kicking off the circus trip in Calgary.

If you  read social media everyone chalked last night’s game up to fatigue.  It happens, players are tired, they don’t show up, three games in four days….you get the excuses, but are these valid excuses 21 games into the season?

We are not talking about an 8 game road trip in the dog days of February when we are 60 games into the season and the finish line isn’t exactly in sight.  This is 21 games into the season and the schedule hasn’t exactly been a barn burner with 2 and 3 days off in between games unlike the pace of the past two seasons with the shortened season and Olympic break making the schedule a sprint not a marathon.

So last night in the third period on the road against a rival the Hawks stunk up the ice rink and what we get is fatigue… Are you ok with this excuse?  Has the line blender and double shifts already starting to hurt the Hawks in areas they never thought could damage them?  Jonathan Toews last night won only 38% of his draws and was a -4 being on the ice for every Canucks goal.  Was he tired, do we just throw this game out?

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What do you think?

I know you’re not going to get the A+ effort every night, but fatigue shouldn’t be an excuse this early into the season.

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