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Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Takeaways From The Florida Visit

By Gail Kauchak
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Oct 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Garbutt (28) takes a shot with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (6) defending during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2.  Third line time. Because the Hawks have been winning, Teuvo Teravainen, Vincent Hinostroza, and Ryan Garbutt have had the benefit of being a trio together for the last three games. They haven’t generated any points, but they have been dangerous.

We all know that TT has the hands and the vision to make things happen. If he has the same linemates to work with, it’s only a matter of time before good things come of it.  By the way, I’m pretty sure I heard Pat Foley call him TT on the broadcast the other night!

Hinostroza has been working his butt off to stay on the roster.  Meanwhile, I’m sure the coaching staff is starting to get a little squeamish about sitting the $4 million dollar man (Bryan Bickell).  And then there’s this upstart from Rockford making a case for himself (Tanner Kero has 11 goals in his first 13 games!).  I’m sure Vinnie would just love to get some points on the board for a little insurance.

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Finally, Garbutt had himself a heck of a game Saturday night.  He proved to be a valuable penalty killer, and actually had 2 short-handed opportunities the other way.  At even strength, he was hustling and trying to make plays, and he had the team high 6 shots on goal.

All these things combined are like a time bomb waiting to go off.  I think this line is going to create some fireworks sooner rather than later.

1.  Winning is wonderful! Well folks, the Chicago Blackhawks have now won 3 games in a row on this most recent homestand, and 2 games without Duncan Keith.  They currently have a record of 5-3-0, which is good for 10 points.  This puts them 6th place in the Central division, but they are right on the heels on 3 other teams that have 11 points. 

I know it’s really too early to be talking about the standings, but I’m sure the Hawks want to get as many points as they can early on in the season.  If they can continue with their winning ways, things will be much easier for them come March and April as they contend in the highly competitive Western Conference.

Next up is the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center tonight.  The Ducks are having a horrible start to their year, with a 1-5-1 record.  Let’s hope the Chicago Blackhawks can make it 4 wins in a row tonight!  Hopefully I can bring them some good luck.  That’s right, yours truly is headed to the game (shooting for this to be the first of many)!

Is it 7:30 yet?!

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