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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 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) shoots and scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) shoots and scores a goal on Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

Who’s Hot: Artem Anisimov

Anisimov returned from a few days on IR to play Tuesday against Winnipeg and hasn’t missed a step.  He scored the lone goal off a beautiful pass from Patrick Kane.

Much of Anisimov’s production has been greasy goals in front of the net, something the Blackhawks have been lacking recently.  At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Anisimov has the size and strength to battle in front of the net and take faceoffs with top centermen in the league.

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  • In the last five games, Anisimov has scored 4 goals and 1 assist, making him one of the top producers on the team.  The Blackhawks have been criticized of playing “too cute” at times when they look for the perfect pass, especially on the powerplay.  But with Anisimov, broken plays turn into rewards for being in good position for rebounds.

    Anisimov pays a tough price but he is having one of his best starts statistically of his career.  He is also currently a plus-13, showing his productivity and dedication to defense.

    It seems like yesterday we couldn’t stop talking about who was going to be the Blackhawks’ second-line center.  Now all we talk about is who will be the first-line left wing.  I’m grateful that Kane finally has a real centerman who understands his role and is reaping the benefits of playing on a line with two premier goal scorers.

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