Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks don’t play until Wednesday night, so while surfing channels the NHL Network posted an early Vezina Trophy Candidate list, and it’s obvious that Corey Crawford gets absolutely no Respect around the NHL!
If you are wondering what I’m talking about here is the picture in a tweet I sent out last night.
As you can see, Crawford might not have the best winning percentage compared to the other goalies on the NHL Network list, but it’s the other stats where Crawford is holding his own. Crawford has the third best Goals Against Average and is tied for the best save percentage.
Jonathan Quick is on this list with two Stanley Cup Championships, but the rest of the goalies on the list have not won a Cup, yet still no respect for #50.
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I feel like this lack of respect started in Chicago at the very beginning, because all we asked from Crawford when he first started for the Hawks was make the saves you are supposed to make and the Hawks will score enough goals to win.
Well, it’s a totally different team now in Chicago, and the Hawks need Crawford to be at the top of his game most nights for the Hawks to skate away with victories. This season we have seen Corey Crawford playing his A Game every night but one so far which is why I think he should be on the top of the Vezina worthy list, but certainly not excluded from it.
Here are some morning links to start your day!
Speaking of Corey Crawford, what did he have to say after the win Saturday night (Blackhawks)
The Chicago Blackhawks success with the penalty kill is about will and technique (Sun-Times)
It’s nice to see the Chicago Blackhawks powerplay starting to click (CSN)
Chance The Rapper was so epic on SNL (Bleacher Report)
The resurgence of Craig Smith in Nashville has been pretty remarkable (On the Forecheck)
10 potential trade deadline targets around the NHL (Fan Rag)
How did the New Jersey Devils Rookie get his own sandwich (SI)
And finally if you are having a bad morning, just remember it could be worse! You could have been the Weather Channel Producer set up to film the Georgia Dome collapse only to get photobombed by an Atlanta Marta Bus!