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Chicago Blackhawks’ First Week Of Circus Trip A Mixed Bag

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 15, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 15, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /

The Chicago Blackhawks are three games into the Circus Trip, and they have managed to win two of them

Most of it hasn’t been pretty, but the Chicago Blackhawks are officially in the win column for the first three games of the annual Circus Trip.

As a fan, it’s hard to stay up late for this stint of games on the West Coast, and we still have four more late nights to go.  But this year it’s a bit nostalgic, as this is the last time the circus will take over the United Center.  So let’s try to enjoy it, and we can tell our grandkids about how horrible it used to be to pull those long nights in loyalty for our team.

Let’s recap what happened with the Chicago Blackhawks on the road this past week.

Tuesday, 11/15, at Winnipeg Jets: Loss, 4-0

I’m not going to say this was the worst Chicago Blackhawks game I’ve ever watched, but it was by far the worst game of this season.  The ’Hawks were slow and flat-footed the entire game.  Vincent Hinostroza going down in the first period certainly didn’t help matters.  It jumbled up the lines, and nobody was able to get into any kind of a groove.

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Even so, I kept on hanging in there, thinking the ’Hawks were going to turn things around in the third like they always do.

Nope.  Instead they let in three more goals, and never generated much of anything in the way of offense.

Corey Crawford certainly wasn’t able to bail them out for this one.  He let in a soft goal at the beginning of the game, and was never able to recover.

I told the hubby towards the end of the game that the defensive pairings needed to be changed.  Coach Q has been riding the same D pairings for the majority of this past 11-game point streak.  But as of late, they have all looked incredibly stagnant.  With perhaps the exception of Brent Seabrook and Michal Kempny, nobody has been complementing each other in the least.

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