Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Break Time Over

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Brandon Saad
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Brandon Saad /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! After taking a couple days off for the Christmas break, I’m back and so are the Blackhawks tonight in Vancouver. 

After being the guy that had to be at the store at 3 or 4am after every holiday, it’s nice not being that guy anymore. It’s also nice that I can take a couple days off after Christmas.  This year my brother took a new job so now he’s only a couple hours away, so it was the first time our families had been together for almost 10 years around Christmas.  After what happened this year, it was nice to be around a lot of family this Christmas.

Now to the matter at hand, the Chicago Blackhawks are back in action tonight against a team they should and need to beat.  They looked terrible in the two games before the Christmas break, and now they will be fighting for their playoff lives the rest of the season.

The biggest issue is that they won’t have Corey Crawford again for the start of the Post-Christmas break schedule. With Crawford on I.R. again his health is becoming an issue on a team that has become very dependent on #50.

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Hopefully the Christmas break gave the Hawks enough time to charge up their batteries and bring their A game to the rink for the next few weeks.  If they go into a tailspin now, it may be too late to save this season.

The Hawks have been very average for most of the season, will they be able to get out of that routine or is this what we get all season long?

Here are some morning links to start your Gameday morning! 

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after practice yesterday. (Blackhawks)

It’s time for the Chicago Blackhawks to trust backups in net (Tribune)

The energy line used to be enemies but now they are linemates (Tribune)

Robin Lehner accuses the NHL of predetermining Goal reviews (Bleacher Report)

The 5 most disappointing teams around the NHL so far this season (Fan Rag)

Looking at the Predators season by the numbers so far (Predlines)

Jaden Schwartz is that important to the St. Louis Blues (Bleedin Blue)

Next: Stan Bowman Must Save Joel Quenneville From Himself

The World Juniors is not drawing big crowds this year (Puck Daddy)