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Chicago Blackhawks Struggle In Their Eighth Week Of The Season

By Gail Kauchak
Nov 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) and Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) battle for the puck during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) and Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) battle for the puck during the third period at the United Center. Chicago won 2-1 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago Blackhawks are continuing to struggle as they finish their eighth week of the season. 

The Chicago Blackhawks have now played through eight weeks and 27 games.  They currently hold a record of 16-8-3, for 35 points.   This still leads the Central Division, but right now the Hawks don’t exactly look like a team that can compete for a Stanley Cup.  Out of four games played this week, they were lucky to win the first two in overtime, and then predictably lost the second two.  Things aren’t looking pretty right now, and it doesn’t help that the Hawks are missing their captain and their starting goaltender.  Let’s review this eighth week of the season.

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Tuesday, 11/29, Hawks vs. Florida Panthers.  Win 2-1 in OT

The story here was that Richard Panik finally came out of his slump in a big way.  In this game, he scored his first goal since October 22nd, when he led the league with six goals after six games.  He tallied the only Hawks goal in regulation, and then the shootout winner.  Why he wasn’t named the second star of the game behind Corey Crawford is beyond me.  I think they might have gotten Panik and Artemi Panarin mixed up in all the winning chaos.  Poor Panik should get his due.  Oh well, I’ll bet he got the game belt from the players.  He also had a team high five shots on goal.

Panarin called it a sleepy game; you’re always leery of that first game back after a long road trip. Crawford was exemplary again, stopping 38 of 39 shots, and only giving up a power play goal.  The Hawks were able to get it done, and added another two points to their record.

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