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Chicago Blackhawks: What’s On Tap-Sunshine Thanksgiving

By Keith Schultz
MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2017/04/30: Miami beach crowd on a Sunday. The beach is a major tourist attraction in Florida city. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2017/04/30: Miami beach crowd on a Sunday. The beach is a major tourist attraction in Florida city. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Blackhawks are celebrating Thanksgiving this season in the Sunshine state instead of their normal West Coast trip caused by the Circus.  It’s actually quite strange that the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t playing a Black Friday afternoon game in Anaheim this season.  Anyways let’s take a look at this weeks schedule. 

The Chicago Blackhawks have an extremely light schedule this week with only two games in the state of Florida.  The Blackhawks season never really seemed to have kicked off until they went on their annual circus trip, so now we will see if this Sunshine State trip will kick off their season this year.

The Hawks faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.  This is a National Broadcast game with the Hawks having a huge measuring stick game versus the best team in the NHL at the quarter pole.   The thing about the Lightning this season is they can really embarrass teams with a full and healthy roster which is led by Steven Stamkos.  I won’t be at the game on Wednesday, but the two times I watched the Blackhawks in Tampa Stamkos scored hat tricks so I’m always nervous of him when he’s on the ice against the Hawks.

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If there is one thing that favors the Blackhawks in this matchup, it has to be Corey Crawford.  He’s been very good this season which he normally is in the first quarter of the season.  He’s only really had one bad game, but he will have to bring his A Game to Tampa if the Hawks expect to skate away with their 3rd straight victory.

The Hawks only other game this week will be against the Florida Panthers who are currently 7-11-2

The Hawks never really play good in South Florida, but they will surely need a win against the Panthers on Saturday night.  These are one of those games that the old Hawks would march in and do just enough to win even if it wasn’t pretty. The problem is the Hawks don’t have that much difference in skill levels to play a game like that.  The Hawks will need to score early and often and let the dominant Chicago road fan base take over and push them to a needed road victory.

Of course, What’s On Tap this week wouldn’t be complete with talking about Thursday! Thank You so much for visiting our site to read our blog about the Chicago Blackhawks! It means a lot to all of us that you take the time to see what we think about our favorite Hockey Team!

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Have a Great Thanksgiving and Go Hawks!

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