Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Skating With The Stars

By Keith Schultz
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and Dallas Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie (11) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) and Dallas Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie (11) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks face-off against the Dallas Stars tonight in a Central Divisional matchup. 

The Chicago Blackhawks at the beginning of the season were thought to be a question mark for the playoffs while the Dallas Stars were a team on the rise.

Funny thing happened on the way to the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks have a 6 point lead for first in the Central Division, while the Dallas Stars are going to miss the playoffs.

The Dallas goaltending and defense has been a weak spot with them giving up 233 goals this year which is tied for the 2nd most in the Western Conference.  Their defense wasn’t a strong suit last year, but they were scoring a lot more goals then they are this year.

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for another 2 points in their quest to beat the Minnesota Wild for the top spot in the Central.  The Hawks and Stars are two teams heading in different directions this spring.

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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your Thursday morning.

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Making the case for Duncan Keith to win his third Norris Trophy (Committed Indians)

The Chicago Blackhawks want to finish strong and rest up at the same time (CSN)

John Hayden college student by day and NHL Player by night (Tribune)

Gary Bettman says it’s safe to assume the NHL isn’t going to the Olympics (Yahoo)

This is not the Colorado Avalanche team in franchise history (Mile High Sticking)

How the end of the season works out is a good tell where the Stars are heading (Blackout Dallas)

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Auston Matthews scored 33rd goal of the season with a sense of humor (Pro Hockey Talk)

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