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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Toews’ Linemates And Good D-Men

By Colin Likas
Dec 1, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils in overtime at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 1, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils in overtime at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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This week’s Chicago Blackhawks roundtable is brought to you by Blackhawk Up wishing Jonathan Toews was back in the lineup

There’s often more questions associated with a team when it’s struggling or losing than when everything is going great. Such is the case with the Chicago Blackhawks, who have lost their last two games and didn’t look real great in winning the previous week’s other two contests.

Much of this consternation centers on injured Jonathan Toews and recovering Corey Crawford. At least we know specifically what’s going on with Crow — an emergency appendectomy could keep him out up to three weeks from last Saturday.

But Toews has missed the last six games with a mysterious back injury. We thought he might play against Philadelphia on Saturday, but he didn’t. We then thought he might suit up against Winnipeg on Sunday, but again he didn’t.

Toews will eventually be back (right?), so what better time than to center our Chicago Blackhawks roundtable on him? The other question this week doesn’t necessarily have to do with Crow and the goaltending, but it certainly has to do with defending the net.

So here are this week’s questions for our stable of writers to answer:

Question 1: Who should the Blackhawks surround Jonathan Toews with upon his return from injury and why?

Question 2: Which defenseman have you been most impressed with so far this season and why?

Let’s see what everyone had to say.

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