Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Holidays Are Over

CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Lance Bouma
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 31: Lance Bouma /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! This morning is that day that everyone dreads (except us that work in retail) as everyone’s holiday season is over, and it’s back to work.  Today is my first day off in a while so I kind of slept in that’s why the links are getting out a little later today.  Anyways, Happy January 2nd to everyone. 

As we head into the January portion of the Chicago Blackhawks schedule there is a couple things to look at. First off they have only played 38 games which isn’t even the halfway point of their schedule and everyone is freaking out about missing the playoffs.  The Chicago Blackhawks during the past decade are notorious for going on a hot streak of winning/picking up points in 10 straight games or so, and they haven’t come close to playing their best hockey yet.

They also have players playing at career low numbers like Richard Panik who can’t hit the side of a barn right now.  It really feels like he just needs to see one go in and his game will turn around and start to look more like last year’s version.  Also Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews have to start playing better together and the third goal in Calgary could be the spark they needed.

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The other thing that should happen is the Hawks should go  on a hot streak when Corey Crawford returns. He’s been great so far this season, but hitting the I.R. twice already in the first 36 games has been a tough one even if Anton Forsberg and now Jeff Glass have been pretty good in relief.

The Holidays are over so while everyone is back to work in this frigid cold, hopefully our favorite team starts picking off wins as well.

Here are some morning links to kick off your Work Week! 

What did Brandon Saad have to say after the Hawks 4-3 OT loss in Calgary (Blackhawks)

The Chicago Blackhawks are still in the playoff hunt with half the season ahead of them (Tribune)

What’s really wrong with Jonathan Toews (The Rink)

Are the Chicago Blackhawks a playoff team in 2018 (CSN)

Why the Winter Classic is still a home run (NY Post)

The 2018 USA Olympic hockey team is announced (Bleacher Report)

Looking for insight on Filip Forsberg‘s injury (On the Forecheck)

A look at the Minnesota Wild and the rest of the Central Division (Hockey Wilderness)

Next: January Schedule Will Tell the Tale

Will Team Canada really be sleeping at the World Juniors (TSN)