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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Columbus Reunion

By Keith Schultz
Jan 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Chad Johnson (31) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Chad Johnson (31) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! It’s probably tough on Columbus Blue Jackets fans to read the preview of tonight’s matchup, or hard for them to imagine how soon it all went away.  This time last year Ryan Johansen and Artem Anisimov were the top two centers for the Jackets, but tonight both players will be on the ice at the United Center playing for the Blackhawks and the Predators.

Johansen just joined the Predators and scored in his first game.  The acquisition for the Nashville Predators gives them a true #1 center that they have been searching for in the past few seasons.  The Hawks on the other hand have been searching for years for a #2 center and Anisimov fits the bill perfectly. Not only does Anisimov play the role as a #2 center he does something that nobody else does on the team very successfully which is set screens on opposing goalies which he was doing again on Sunday night when Patrick Kane was whistling shots by him.

The Chicago Blackhawks now take on the Nashville Predators in another Central Division showdown, and with the Predators sinking it’s time to jump on them early and often like the Colorado Avalanche game.   Here are some morning links to kick off your gameday.

It’s that time of the week when you are asked to pick the Chicago Blackhawks play of the week from last weeks contests (Blackhawks)

A look at the Rockford Ice Hogs week and the week that was at the almost midway point of their season (The Committed Indias)

It was fun to watch the 6 goals the Chicago Blackhawks scored to notch their 7th straight victory (CSN)

There is a big influx of new players on this years Chicago Blackhawks roster, and the new blood has helped keep the winter doldrums at bay (Sun-Times)

More from Blackhawks News

After 781 victories in the NHL, Chicago Blackhawks head coach joel Quenneville can still be tough and fair (Tribune)

What are the toughest schedules around the NHL heading into the All-Star Game and festivities (Bleacher Report)

A quick look at Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic who are the architects of the current roster of the Colorado Avalanche (Mile High Sticking)

More from Blackhawk Up

Why the Minnesota Wild should hand the keys to their powerplay to  Matt Dumba (Hockey Wilderness)

Listen to Calgary Flame owner joust with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Pro Hockey Talk)

Will the NHL let Raffi Torres return after his 41 game suspension (Puck Daddy)

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