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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: West Dangers And Team Starters

By Colin Likas
Jan 1, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates during practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates during practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 1, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates during practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) skates during practice for the Winter Classic hockey game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

It’s another edition of the Chicago Blackhawks roundtable, and this one goes near and far two answer a pair of questions

Welcome to another edition of the Chicago Blackhawks roundtable. The Winter Classic game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues is scheduled for today at noon, though there’s a chance it could be postponed due to rainy weather. (I’m typing this up at about 1:30 a.m., well before the 7 a.m. drop point for a decision on the game.)

Hopefully the game does go down today and it is a good one. But we can’t just be answering questions about the Winter Classic in our Chicago Blackhawks roundtable. After all, that is just one game in an 82-game regular-season.

No, today we’re going to take a look at threats to the Blackhawks, as well as what you might be able to do with some of their key players. That second idea is probably a little vague, so I’ll just reveal our two roundtable questions for today.

Question 1: As the calendar turns, which Western Conference team are you most concerned about (from a competition standpoint) and why?

Question 2: If you had to start an NHL franchise around one of the current Chicago Blackhawks, which one would you pick and why?

Two very different questions with the possibility for very different and interesting responses. Let’s see what the Blackhawk Up crew came up with this week.

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