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Chicago Blackhawks’ Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Hossa, Crawford Sizzling

By Mario Tirabassi
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrate their win against the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrate their win against the Montreal Canadiens at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 15, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey (44) holds up Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at MTS Centre. Winnipeg won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks have turned a rocky start to their season into a conference lead

Well, last night could’ve been better. The Chicago Blackhawks started their annual, and what turns out to be their final, Circus Trip with a 4-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Their first shutout loss of the season also ends the Blackhawks’ 11-game point streak and was the first game of the season in which they failed to score at least two goals.

But not all is doom and gloom as the Blackhawks have been one of the more collectively hot teams in the NHL this year.

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Considering the slow start to the season, Chicago fans should be more than pleasantly surprised that their team currently sits atop the NHL’s Western Conference at 11-4-2 and is four points clear of the same Winnipeg Jets in the conference and Central Division standings.

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So who or what is contributing to the Blackhawks’ current form? Let’s take a look at the good and the bad and see who’s hot and who’s not with the Blackhawks.

The hotties

With the Blackhawks playing at such a high level early on in the season, the names that one would usually expect to be responsible for the success are the ones making the contributions. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Corey Crawford, etc. They’ve all been good to begin the season.

It’s the ones who are exceeding expectations that are the ones to focus on, as well as some aspects of the team that had plenty to improve upon from the first handful of games in October.

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