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Chicago Blackhawks’ Eye On The Enemy: ‘Howlin Hockey (Arizona Coyotes)

By Gregory Bradshaw
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The Chicago Blackhawks will meet the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night for their first trip to Glendale this season

The Chicago Blackhawks’ six-game road trip continues as Chicago invades the desert in hopes of a successful trip out West.

In the last meeting between the Blackhawks and Coyotes, Chicago managed to shut out the struggling ‘Yotes in a 4-0 victory. The 22-save effort from Scott Darling came over a month ago, and a lot has transpired since.

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If we flashback to December 6 (the most recent matchup), the Blackhawks were in the driver’s seat of the Central Division and the Western Conference.

Chicago has since digressed into a game of catchup, with the Minnesota Wild now dominating the Central.

Chicago had previously struggled with getting off to good starts in games, but now the issue has been finishing off teams.  Goaltending has been sub-par and lack of depth has truly exposed the Blackhawks as a team in need of a serious boost.

The Arizona Coyotes have continued their rebuilding this year and remain at the very bottom of the Pacific Division. However, Arizona has played rather well as of late, riding a three-game win streak into the All-Star break.

It’s nothing to get your hopes up for this year if you’re a Coyotes fan, but the future of the team is absolutely promising with the plethora of young talent the organization possesses. Without a doubt, the Coyotes are trending in the right direction despite owning the second-worst record in the league, and before long we may see Arizona take off similarly to how the Toronto Maple Leafs have this year.

Assisting me with this week’s “Eye on the Enemy” is Alex Temes, a contributor for Howlin’ Hockey here on FanSided. Alex was kind enough to offer his input on the Arizona Coyotes’ recent success as well as what the future holds for the team

It’s time to cross enemy lines once again ahead of Thursday night’s matchup between our Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes.

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