Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Is It Time To Believe

WINNIPEG, MB - DECEMBER 14: Goaltender Corey Crawford
WINNIPEG, MB - DECEMBER 14: Goaltender Corey Crawford /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawk dominated the Winnipeg Jets Thursday night which begs to ask, is it time to believe again in the Blackhawks. 

If you are asking why to believe, I think the biggest stats to look at is they are out shooting their opponents on a regular basis, and if they don’t it’s because of one bad period out of three in each game.

Another reason to start getting excited is the fact that their depth guys like Tommy Wingels and Lance Bouma have found their niche and are pretty good finds for bottom line players.

Still looking for excitement has to be the entirety of Alex DeBrincat‘s game.  Not only does he have a scorers mentality, but he plays a 200 foot game and his defense is way better than I ever expected.

Lastly, Patrick Kane is hovering around a point a game as usual, but he hasn’t seemed like he’s gone on one of his dominant streaks where he carries the team for a week or two.

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If you are still in the mirage camp, one of the things that would be bothering me is the fact that Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad aren’t clicking like everyone expected.  This has to improve on a nightly basis for the team to succeed long term.

Another thing is the play of Richard Panik.  He hasn’t played very good all year long and now finds a seat in the pressbox while the Hawks are winning.

Lastly, it feels like Corey Crawford has carried the Chicago Blackhawks all season long, and what if his game starts to slide? This is my biggest concern right now.

What do you think? Are you believing in the Chicago Blackhawks once again.

Here are some morning links to kick off your weekend!  

It’s that time of year again to vote for your favorite Chicago Blackhawks to the All-Star game (Blackhawks)

Vinnie Hinostroza is making the most of his return to the Chicago Blackhawks (Tribune)

Speaking of Vinnie, He and Tommy Wingels made history on Thursday night (Madhouse Enforcer)

This should help you understand the Chicago Blackhawks defensive responsibilities (Athletic)

Former Chicago Blackhawks Now Winnipeg Jets Dustin Byfuglien is headed to the I.R. (CBS)

The Dallas Stars need to figure out their identity (Blackout Dallas)

Winnipeg Jets coach matches a bad record with loss to the Blackhawks (Hockey News)

4 December injuries around the NHL that could change a lot (Fan Rag)

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