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Chicago Blackhawks’ 5 Questions Heading Into All-Star Break

By Colin Likas
Jan 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville looks on from behind the bench against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 13, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville looks on from behind the bench against the Washington Capitals in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Even sitting near the top of the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of questions heading into the All-Star break

Is there ever a professional sports team that has no questions surrounding it at some point during a season? The New England Patriots when they keep rattling off wins? The Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers? The Chicago Cubs even as they won the World Series?

Even the Washington Capitals right now, lighting up everyone in sight with a blistering offense, probably have a question regarding if they can carry this regular-season success through the playoffs. After all, this team has choked on big stages before.

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So there’s no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks, who have battled through uneven play through the month of January, are facing questions ahead of today’s final game before the All-Star break. The Blackhawks are second in the Central Division and Western Conference, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way.

There are concerns after certain games, of course, and Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay had some fans feeling for the ledge. That seems terribly premature a reaction, but I’ll say the Blackhawks do have some questions to answer in their break from in-season action.

Let’s take a look at five questions the Blackhawks need to address following Thursday’s game against Winnipeg and ahead of Tuesday’s game against San Jose.

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