Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks are sitting on top of the Central Division and one of the early season powerhouse Eastern Conference teams the New York Rangers head to Chicago for the first of two meetings in the next 5 days.
The NHL schedule makers usually have a routine to the schedule each and every year, but this season they seemed to have strayed from their natural schedule making.
Usually the Chicago Blackhawks October schedule is chalk full of Eastern Conference teams at home, and then when the Ice Capades hits Chicago they usually start that road trip then or sometime in March make a swing down the east coast.
This year it’s been different with a visit to Philly in early December, and now two games against the New York Rangers in the beginning of December.
It doesn’t really matter who’s on the schedule you have to play them no matter what, it’s just interesting to see how the schedule maker deviate from their normal scheduling patterns.
Anyways, onto the ice where Marian Hossa is having a huge rebound season after last years disappointing season, and it couldn’t have happened at a better time with Jonathan Toews out for sometime now with a bad back.
With Jaromir Jagr still collecting points in his 40’s one has to wonder if Hossa will actually be able to play out his contract that some thought he would never be able to fulfill. One thing is for certain if he plays anything like he is now, Father time is having a hard time catching up to this great hockey player.
One other player to really watch tonight is Scott Darling who’s been very good in net for the Hawks. He’s been a solid back up and probably would be a pretty decent #1 goalie for someone out there (Las Vegas) down the line.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your game day!
The Chicago Blackhawks last toy drive night is tonight before the game at the United Center (Blackhawks)
The Chicago Blackhawks have been slowly improving on faceoffs with Toews sidelined (CSN)
Why the world is flat or what is going on in the NHL at the quarter mark of the season (The Committed Indian)
The one question on NHL fans minds is whether or not the NHL will play in the 2018 Olympics (Puck Daddy)