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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Upcoming Enemies And All-Star Bids

By Colin Likas
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) shoots on San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) shoots on San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Welcome to another edition of the Chicago Blackhawks roundtable, with this week’s topics focusing on the enemies and the future

The Chicago Blackhawks are rolling right along despite a variety of recent ailments. Corey Crawford had an appendectomy and is still sidelined. Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook have missed time due to injury. Artem Anisimov is the latest Blackhawk to go down.

And yet, the Blackhawks are sitting on a five-game win streak and 48 points, the most in the league. They’ve been busy of late, too, coming off a three-game road trip that was immediately followed by Sunday’s home game against San Jose.

Things lighten up heading into the conclusion of the calendar year. The Blackhawks face Ottawa tomorrow at home before four games over the last 11 days of 2016 — with two of those coming in two of the year’s last three days.

It’s that schedule which is one of our Chicago Blackhawks roundtable topics for today. Let’s look at both of today’s queries, shall we?

Question 1: Which Chicago Blackhawks game are you most excited for in the rest of the calendar year and why?

Question 2: Which Chicago Blackhawk is the most deserving All-Star right now and why?

Plenty of interesting possibilities here for the Blackhawk Up stable of writers, so let’s see what they all had to say.

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