Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Mark Of Inconsistency

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 05: Goalie Jeff Glass
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 05: Goalie Jeff Glass /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks lost last night 5-4 in what really was a fun game to watch.  If you want to know why the Blackhawks are in last place in the Central Division though, it’s  because the Hawks are so inconsistent! 

Ed Olczyk was asked early in the 2nd period why the Hawks have struggled this season, and he answered it properly.  They can’t get every aspect of their game rolling on a consistent basis nightly.  This is why they can’t put together one of their long winning/point streaks.

Last night was a perfect example.  Vinnie Hinostroza has played great on the top line, and his speed has awaken Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews.  Vinnie sets up the Captain for a easy tap in goal early in the third period to give the Hawks a 4-3 lead.  Finally the Hawks offense is showing signs of life on a nightly basis.

Then of course Jeff Glass gets screened and a stoppable puck goes into the back of the net, and then the defense is very active on the offensive end of the ice. So, the Vegas Golden Knights get a 2 on 0 and take the lead on a breakaway from 100 feet in.

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I read people say that if Corey Crawford played last night the Hawks win. I don’t know about that.  The Knights had a bunch of easy tap in goals where the defense really let Glass down.

The Hawks need to find their game in every aspect before they can turn the corner.  I just hope it isn’t too late when they do find that game this season.

Here are some morning links to kick off your weekend! 

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after the Hawks 5-4 Loss to Vegas (Blackhawks)

Corey Crawford is out indefinitely with an upper body injury (Tribune)

Blackhawks are on the hot seat after another tough loss (Daily Herald)

Vegas Golden Knights now have won 9 out of 10 (Vegas Sun)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a big 2nd half breakout this season (ESPN)

Ben Bishop needs a break in net for the Dallas Stars (Blackout Dallas)

The Colorado Avalanche retire #23 (Mile High Sticking)

The Winnipeg Jets keep racking up the points in the Central Division (CBC)

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