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Chicago Blackhawks Month In Review: January

By Gail Kauchak
Jan 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) skates with the puck against St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) skates with the puck against St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) skates with the puck against St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) skates with the puck against St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /

Well this month was interesting to say the least.  The Chicago Blackhawks managed a 12-game winning streak (two of those games in December) during one of their busiest times of the season.  They also lost three games where they looked absolutely horrible.  It was all or nothing this month.  The Hawks were undefeated at home in January, going 7-0.  They were 4-3 on the road, meaning they went 11-3 overall.  That’s pretty incredible, considering this was a grueling month schedule wise, with 3 back-to-backs.  They picked up 22 of a possible 28 points.

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It’s easy to look at the last two losses (vs. Florida 0-4 and vs. Carolina 0-5) and not be all that positive.  Even in the game they won in between these two contests (St. Louis 2-0), the Hawks weren’t playing their best.  But remember, the Chicago Blackhawks have played more games than anyone else in the NHL (53), and they are understandably tired.  The All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time.

Let’s take a step back and look at the big picture. If you are interested, here are the reviews for the months of October, November, and December.

Offense.  Your top three scorers this month were Patrick Kane (7G, 10A, for 17 points), Artemi Panarin (6G, 6A, for 12 points), and Jonathan Toews (6G, 6A, for 12 points).

Kane leads the league in points (73), in goals (30), and in assists (43).  The Hart Trophy for the NHL’s most valuable player is his to lose right now.

Speaking of trophies, Panarin is the front-runner for the Calder Trophy for best rookie of the year.  His 17 goals, and 29 assists, for 46 points, are 12 points ahead of second place Jack Eichel (34 points).

This duo of Kane and Panarin is unbelievable to watch. They seem to know what the other is going to do before they even do it.  They have great chemistry and are helping each other to succeed.  And they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

It’s nice to see Toews among the top scorers this month.  He has moved up from fourth place the last two months.  Whether you agree with it or not, Andrew Shaw has been playing left wing on the first line with Toews and Marian Hossa.  The three seem to have found some success.  As mentioned, Toews is credited with 12 points, compared to 9 points last month.  Shaw and Hossa come in fourth and fifth on the team for January, both with 3 goals and 5 assists.

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