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People pose and take pictures underneath a giant Christmas tree on the eve of the holiday in Hong Kong's Central district on December 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TENGKU Bahar (Photo credit should read TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)
People pose and take pictures underneath a giant Christmas tree on the eve of the holiday in Hong Kong's Central district on December 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TENGKU Bahar (Photo credit should read TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images) /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! I hope you are having a fun Christmas morning and that you were able to reach your destination safely! 

The Chicago Blackhawks Christmas couldn’t have come at a better time I suppose.  They have looked completely out of focus and energy the two times we were able to watch them this past week. This is pretty troubling after they were coming off a 5 game winning streak, and were showing signs of looking like their old selves again.

The biggest complaint I have about this team this season is they lack the will to fight back from a deficit.  In years past if the Hawks were down two or three goals early I would expect them to make a comeback, but this season has been one and done almost when they get behind early in contests.

This means two things in my mind, with the first thing being they have a lot of young players that need to feed on momentum within a game.  This would be understandable if the core was young, but as you know they are not.

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So that means it points more towards the leadership of the team, and the fact that the leadership of the team is getting older by the game.  Leading the getting older by the game charge is Jonathan Toews.  He’s still my favorite player, but he just doesn’t finish the plays like he used to.  Toews lacks jump in his skates, and if you want to know why the Hawks are struggling is the fact that Toews is a third line center these days not a top line guy.   The kids shut down our top line even with Brandon Saad playing alongside Toews.

The Hawks need to make some changes that may hurt at the beginning but may help long term.  I know this is the Christmas message you wanted to here, but I’m still bothered by the Hawks play the last two games!

End of rant here are some morning links for your Christmas morning.

Listen to Joel Quenneville talk about lost opportunities against the Devils (Blackhawks)

The hot and cold act by the Blackhawks define them as average (Sun-Times)

Here is a quick recap of the IceHogs game this weekend (The Rink)

Was Corey Crawford hung out to dry in New Jersey (CSN)

What should the Vegas Golden Knights do with James Neal (Hockey Rumors)

The Airing of Grievances in Nashville (Predlines)

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The best and the worst of the week around the NHL (Puck Daddy)

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