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Chicago Blackhawks’ Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Oh My Darling

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Jan 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) is congratulated by defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Blackhawks beat the Maple Leafs 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) is congratulated by defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Blackhawks beat the Maple Leafs 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Coming off an impressive November, the Chicago Blackhawks have maintained first place in the Central Division even with key injuries

The Chicago Blackhawks have been thin at forward all year and got even more thin with the loss of captain Jonathan Toews at the end of the Circus Trip. But somehow these Hawks’ are stringing together wins.

The Hawks’ have taken on the “next man up” mentality and found production from unlikely contributors.  Marian Hossa has seemed to put this team on his back ,but there are other players recently who have heated up.

On the other side of the coin, the Blackhawks are still struggling to kill penalties and win faceoffs. Somehow they are still on top of the division, but special teams will need to tighten up as teams begin fighting for playoff spots.

The Blackhawks have also started to whittle down their young forwards group. With Nick Schmaltz being sent down to Rockford, there has been more minutes for the other young forwards that have been taken advantage of.

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