Good morning, Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks lost another game in the third period on Tuesday night, and now it’s time for the Joel Quenneville and team to buckle down or it could be a long February.
Groundhog Day is a stupid movie, but it always amuses me, and it’s nice that someone usually plays it every year on February 2.
The Groundhog Day theme is perfect for the Chicago Blackhawks, who always seem to hit a wall and struggle this time of year. The ’Hawks tend to have a losing streak, and all of us fans start to wonder how can the ’Hawks possibly win the Stanley Cup this year.
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One of the things to remember is that the ’Hawks always play more games than anyone before the All-Star break each year. They also are a veteran team that usually builds up enough wins to coast to the playoffs before having to turn on their A-game when the playoffs start.
The thing about the ’Hawks this year is that they are very difficult team to read because they are doing things they don’t normally do this year.
They are suddenly struggling in the third period, and they aren’t dominating puck possession. So even though they have a solid spot in the playoffs, they leave us wondering how good can they possibly be this year.
Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Thursday morning.
It’s the newest episode of Soup And A Sandwich on the Blackhawks’ main website (Blackhawks)
Stan Bowman says don’t expect any big trades this year at the trade deadline (Second City)
The Chicago Blackhawks’ vaunted second line is in a serious goal-scoring drought (Sun-Times)
The Chicago Blackhawks’ third-period woes continued against the San Jose Sharks (CSN)
Who were the biggest snubs on the NHL Top 100 list? (Bleacher Report)
Top contenders are weary of chemistry as the trade deadline nears (Pro Hockey Talk)
Hockey for everyone is getting geared up (Puck Daddy)
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