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Chicago Blackhawks’ Who’s Hot And Not: Russians Stay Hot Despite Skid

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) passes the puck with center Artem Anisimov (15) pursuing during the second period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) passes the puck with center Artem Anisimov (15) pursuing during the second period against the Nashville Predators at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 15, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) and New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) contend with an abandoned stick as they chase a loose puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) and New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) contend with an abandoned stick as they chase a loose puck during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

While the Blackhawks have lost three games in a row for the first time this season, a positive is that Russians Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin are continuing to produce

In the last three games, the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t given fans much to cheer about.  The Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets all came to the United Center and sucked the life out of the building in different ways.

The Senators scored three goals in a second period that seemed it would never end and ultimately beat the ’Hawks 4-3.  The Avalanche somehow took the ’Hawks to overtime and won on a Nathan MacKinnon wrist shot after losing six games in a row.  And lastly, the Jets came to town and continued their domination of the ’Hawks this season, winning 3-1.

The Blackhawks did get some reinforcements when Corey Crawford and Artem Anisimov returned from IR, but that hasn’t been enough lately.  Like many of us, the Blackhawks have looked “checked out” and ready for their holiday break.

Next we will explore who’s been hot despite the current three-game losing streak.

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