Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From This Weekend’s Games

By Gail Kauchak
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Dec 23, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Joakim Nordstrom (42) with the puck during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2.  Is Nordy the answer? Joakim Nordstrom or Daniel Carcillo?  It’s been the debate for a few games now.  On Friday night, Carcillo crosschecked Mathieu Perreault and forced him from the game.  Hockey play my behind!  It was an unnecessary hit with his stick to the center of Perreault’s back.  And it was after the play was over, and a penalty had already been given to Winnipeg.  CarBomb might have behaved himself for a while, but it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

In the meantime, Nordstrom played against Dallas on Sunday.   He only had 6:02 minutes of ice time, which is understandable because he looked pretty shaky.  I was hoping Nordy would look good and we could write off Carcillo, but that wasn’t exactly the case.  Nordstrom has looked better in the past, so maybe we can chalk this up to a bad game.   With Carcillo most likely suspended and Versteeg still out, we shall see, as Nordstrom will get his chance.  Speaking of Versteeg, his injury timeline was a month, which will be up at the beginning of February.  Let’s hope for his speedy recovery.

1.  It’s all about the play offs. This is the dog days of NHL hockey. January and February are when it’s hard to get motivated to play. But unless something major happens, I don’t think there’s much doubt this team will be in the playoffs.  With that being said, these games might be more about preparing for that than winning every tilt.

The Hawks are working Teuvo into the mix and building his chemistry with his line mates.  They are figuring out the best combination for their fourth line.  They are experimenting with their third defensive pairing.  They are working on the correct balance of defense versus offense.  They are trying to get Corey Crawford strong and confident for a deep playoff run.

Yes, the Chicago Blackhawks are in a bit of a rut right now.  But we have to see how they handle it. If they’re the champions we think they are, then we’re going to see some resilience and some wins in the near future.   Hang in there Blackhawks fans; there’s a lot more hockey to be played.

The schedule calls for 2 games this week before the male model convention that is the NHL All-Star Draft.  Gentlemen, do you wish your spouse/significant other would appreciate the game of hockey more?  Invite her to watch the All Star Draft with you; it just might do the trick.

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