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Chicago Blackhawks’ Good, Bad And Ugly Of First 3 Weeks

By Keith Schultz
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Oct 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach

Joel Quenneville

looks on from behind th ebench against the Washington Capitals in the first period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Ugly

Joel Quenneville‘s line blender especially with his top line “auditions” has been very ugly.  He’s seemingly played half the team with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews, yet in the back of everyone’s minds is that the best option isn’t on the roster right now. No one knows what happened from Notre Dame to preseason, but Marko Dano did something to lose favor in Quenneville’s eyes and now sits in Rockford with a goal and five assists. Marian Hossa asked and received Viktor Tikhonov as a wing for the top line which has been OK, but he’s not the long term answer.

-Winning Ugly was a slogan for the 1983 White Sox, and it seems like the Chicago Blackhawks have taken over that motto for this month.  The have won two straight games without scoring a regulation goal, which is honestly tough to watch. Yes, we should be happy for the two victories and two points a night, but the offense without Keith as the quarterback is really ugly. I’m a big fan of goal scoring in all situations. Granted this may be the only way to pick up wins right now, but a few regulation goals wouldn’t hurt anyone

-Bonus point is the NHL schedule. Not sure what the point of starting the season out on October 7 was, but if the schedule makers are going to give teams three and four days off in between games why not start the season later? Nobody wants 22 back-to-backs, but having what feels like a week in between games isn’t great either for fans or players.

What’s your good, bad and ugly from the first three weeks of the season?

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