It’s January 2nd and some of you have already broken some of your New Year’s Resolutions by now I’m sure. To me these are always silly because by the time the Super Bowl rolls around in early February most people can’t even tell you what their resolutions were besides lose some weight. Anyways let’s take a quick look at some resolutions the Chicago Blackhawks should make this January.
1. Play a 60 minute game!
If you ask me they have played one 60 minute game so far this season, and that’s their last home win against the Minnesota Wild. For the longest time, the Chicago Blackhawks were struggling in the 2nd period of contests. Lately since hitting Western Canada, they have really had a hard time finding their game in the first period.
Obviously no one dominates for 60 minutes on a consistent basis, but the Hawks could really use a stretch of games where they aren’t playing poorly for an entire period.
2. Don’t Trade For Any Former Blackhawks
Ok, this one is for you Stan Bowman. Patrick Sharp needs to be the last of the Chicago Blackhawks players to comeback. All of these guys were great when they played here, but none of them are what they were when they left. Sharp is a shell of himself and yet Joel Quenneville “trusts him” so he’s playing way too much instead of guys that can actually contribute to wins.
3. Let Corey Crawford Get To 100%
We may never know if Crawford came back to soon from his first injury. He’s playing way too good this year to rush him back from his second injury in the first half of the season. I’m not saying he’s the only way the Hawks make the playoffs this season, but they will not be able to afford to see his name on the I.R. for a third time if they expect to make the playoffs. So, the point is let him get to 100% before he hits the ice.
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We need the Captain to be the player he was a few years back. There are whispers he is hurt, and if he is the Hawks need to let him heal up. There is the fact that his skill set isn’t what the NHL is right now. The NHL is a fast game, and he’s built like a grinding center now. He committed to changing his offseason workout to something different this year, but the results aren’t there this season. A deep playoff run for the Hawks needs Toews playing at the highest levels not just a forechecking centerman.
This one has baffled me all season long. We have seen a few glimpses of the combination but not a long stretch of games. It’s obvious that Kane misses Artemi Panarin, and the closest player on the roster to 72 is DeBrincat. Let them play together Joel Quenneville and see if they mesh well together! DeBrincat has checked all the boxes this season from scoring to being responsible defensively. I don’t see why he’s not on the same line as 88!
What would your Chicago Blackhawks New Year’s Resolutions be?