5 Chicago Blackhawks-Philadelphia Flyers Thoughts

By Brian Kinkade
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Oct 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) in the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

4. Speaking of Artemi Panarin …

What is he going to do next?

A goal and two assists on Saturday night to go along with some nifty stick and skate work, this guy is something else. With four points in his first three games in North America, Panarin is a budding sensation as ’Hawks fans are quickly learning to love this guy.

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Tonight he and his Harlem Globetrotter-esque line are up against a thin Philadelphia defensive game that also features less than elite goaltending  He’s probably going to put up five goals and six or seven assists, right?

Not likely, but the matchup does really work in his favor, so predicting that he will have a good night isn’t exactly going out on a limb.

However, it would be wise for ’Hawks fans to temper their expectations for Panarin on a nightly basis. The league will eventually adjust to him, and he will likely go into a funk at some point. A funk that he will most likely find his way out of at some point.

So, there is no need to worry if he doesn’t keep up this other-worldly play throughout his entire career, because that simply won’t happen. Just enjoy watching his crazy skills help the ’Hawks to win hockey games.

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