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Chicago Blackhawks New Year’s Resolutions

By Josh Brink
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Dec 21, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) left wing Patrick Sharp (10) center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate with goalie Antti Raanta (31) a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the end of their NHL game at United Center. Blackhawks won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

PLAY ANTTI RAANTA MORE

So far this year Antti Raanta has only played in a total of  9 games out of  38. He has won 7 of those games and lost 2 with a .944 Save % and a 1.73 Goals Against Average. Oh yeah, I forgot to add that 2 of his 7 wins came by the shutout. As a lot of other Blackhawks fans are probably thinking as I have been, why do they not give him more chances behind the net? It seems as if the only time he does get a chance is following a Corey Crawford injury, which twice he has stood to the test with no notice and performed well. Getting him in there possibly once a week would be beneficial not only to the Blackhawks down the stretch but also to Corey Crawford. With a rest here and there for Crawford it can help build the confidence in Antti Raanta also. The season is a grueling 82 games and then when you add the playoffs it seems like it’s never ending. Fresh legs are the key to long playoff runs and Raanta has proven he can do the job. Let’s hope that Coach Q leans on his backups a little more now that we are close to halfway through the season, it could provide a good spark for this team.

Although the team is currently 25-11-2 and atop the Central Division standings it is always a good thing to focus on improvement. I think that if the Chicago Blackhawks players put together some New Year’s resolutions themselves along with Coach Q they would agree with the list I have provided. There are many things to add to this list also but I would like to hear everyone else’s opinion on the topic. Feel free to let me know if you agree or disagree with what I have come up with or add additional thoughts on others in the comments below. As always, LET’S GO HAWKS!!!

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