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Chicago Blackhawks: 3 Reasons They’d Miss The ’16 Playoffs

By Brian Kinkade
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Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) hoist the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2. Losing Corey Crawford for any extended period of time.

If losing one of the big three defensemen is a heart-breaker, losing a two-time Stanley Cup winning and one-time Conn Smythe snub goaltender would be a back-breaker.

Corey Crawford is an elite goaltender at the NHL level.  Get over it.  Without him in 2013 and without him last year, the ’Hawks don’t win those Cups.

He will have his work cut out for him in 2015-16 with the defensive depth at the lowest quality it’s been in Crow’s career. He will face a lot more shots and will be even more vital to the ’Hawks’ chances of success this season. Crawford will be called upon to make many more circus-like or clutch saves this season, there’s no doubt about it.

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Many of you are thinking that the ’Hawks will be fine if Crawford is injured because they have Scott Darling. Not so. Many of you probably think that Darling should be starting over Crawford to begin with. No offense, but that’s simply foolish — nothing against Darling, who will likely be a more than adequate backup net-minder in his career.

He’s no Crow, though.

The ’Hawks will allow more goals this season than they did last season. That may as well be a given.

Without Crow, though … get to your nearest lifeboat.

Next: Reason No. 1

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