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By Keith Schultz
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) screams after falling to the ice in the first period of a game against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in Chicago.The Stars won 4-3 in overtime. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) screams after falling to the ice in the first period of a game against the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in Chicago.The Stars won 4-3 in overtime. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images) /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks picked up a road point last night, but is it just a sign of what the season is going to be the rest of the way?

The Chicago Blackhawks currently are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. The thing is it’s only December 3rd as we all wake up today, and with an entire new defense basically there are some questions to be asked.

Here is the question I posed last night on Twitter!

This is something I have thought about a lot lately while watching the Chicago Blackhawks.  Right now when I watch them play they just look like an average to mediocre team that would need Corey Crawford to stand on his head for four rounds to hoist the Stanley Cup.

The biggest reason I believe this is that Jonathan Toews doesn’t look special anymore on the ice.  There are times when he looks like he has a lot of purpose, but all the little plays that he made to score just aren’t there anymore. Currently he’s only scored 2 times in 17 games.

Last year many thought he was playing through injury, but now It feels like 10 years of the NHL has wore him down.  Anze Kopitar who we will see tonight looked to be in the same area code as Toews, but this year he’s having a comeback season.

I’m not saying I don’t like Toews anymore, but in years past you could put him down for 27 goals a season, and a serious shutdown center.  Now he’s closer to average which to me is the same thing as you can say about the Hawks on December 3.

Trust me I hope I’m proven wrong and proven wrong quickly!

Here are some morning links to start your Sunday morning

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after the Hawks Shootout loss last night (Blackhawks)

The Chicago Blackhawks drop 2nd straight to Dallas on Saturday night (Tribune)

Artem Anisimov after a slow start is playing good hockey (Newsday)

The Chicago Blackhawks may not have the horses this year (The Rink)

Anton Forsberg gave the Hawks a chance for a win (CSN)

What are the 10 best rivalries this season around the NHL (Bleacher Report)

Matt Dumba overtime goal leads the Wild to a much needed win (Pioneer Press)

The Blues have found themselves in a rare losing streak this season (Post Dispatch)

Next: What to Expect from Forsberg and Berube

The Montreal Canadiens offense finally woke up last night (TSN)

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