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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Measuring Stick Game

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: A puck flies past the head of Corey Crawford
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: A puck flies past the head of Corey Crawford /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Yesterday I did a post about your thoughts about this year’s version of the Chicago Blackhawks, and tonight the rubber meets the road in Tampa Bay. 

Of course this is the NHL and these two teams play in different conferences, but if you ask me this is a true measuring stick kind of game tonight against the red hot and dominating Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Chicago Blackhawks have had some huge ups and huge downs in the first twenty games of the season which has really put the fanbase in a what do we really have with this team this season kind of mood.

We have seen the Chicago Blackhawks destroy the Pittsburgh Penguins and then follow that up with a win in their house, but we haven’t seen the team that comes back and scores that late second goal to pull out games like we have in seasons past.

One thing is for certain, the Chicago Blackhawks defense isn’t as good as it was a few years back, but that’s not for a lack of potential.  Gustav Forsling looks so much better this season, and hopefully Connor Murphy will get settled in before he gets the Trevor Daly see you later kind of treatment from Joel Quenneville.

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I do what to see more consistent scoring from the big guns.  Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad have been very quiet after the first week of the season.  it’s go time for the Blackhawks stars and getting pucks in the net.  This is what has been the most frustrating thing so far, and tonight will be a real sign of where they are as a team.

The measuring stick is ready, the question is will the Hawks be ready tonight?

Here are some morning links to start your day!

What did Duncan Keith have to say about the Tampa Bay Lightning (Blackhawks)

Lance Bouma is finding his way with his new team in Chicago (Sun-Times)

Gustav Forsling is playing some real solid hockey lately (Faxes From Uncle Dale)

How do Icehogs players spend Thanksgiving (96.7 the Eagle)

Thank you Artem Anisimov for keeping your word (CSN)

Which players around the NHL are thriving playing under different coaches this season (Bleacher Report)

Not many issues with the Blues on Tuesday Night (Bleedin Blue)

The Colorado Avalanche are finally free of distractions (Mile High Sticking)

Jordie Benn finishes a check on his brother (Sportsnet)

Next: This Weeks NHL Power Rankings

We are seeing the best possible Johnny Gaudreau right now (Puck Daddy)

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