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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Eye Test

By Keith Schultz
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 14: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (52) knocks Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Hartman (38) to the ice during the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings on January 14, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 14: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (52) knocks Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ryan Hartman (38) to the ice during the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings on January 14, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks have two more days off on this ridiculous bye week before they play again Saturday night.  There are a lot of questions being asked this week, but my biggest question is do they pass the eye test. 

So, this morning I had the fun experience on my day off of getting up and heading to the eye doctor for my annual eye exam.  I made the appointment through the eye doctors email service which digitally gave me the eye appointment.

Of course when I showed up, I wasn’t on the list of patients to be seen this morning which is highly annoying, but the staff with no other patients in the waiting room did a very nice job of getting me into the system and getting my eye exam done.

Anyways, while I was getting my eyes tested, it made me think about if the Chicago Blackhawks pass the eye test this year as a true contender for the Stanley Cup, or is this just another lost year with the core players getting a year older.

My thought was they were a fringe team until the news broke this week that there is a chance that Corey Crawford won’t be coming back from injury this season.  I’ve thought all along that he had a concussion which is the same thing Scotty Bowman said yesterday during an interview.  Jonathan Toews missed 22 games with a concussion a few years back so depending on the severity of the concussion these things can last a while.  Sidney Crosby missed almost a season with his a few years ago.

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Like my fellow BU writers have wrote about this week, it’s all about the kids this season on how far the Hawks can go.  So yes the eye test is still blurry on Alex DeBrincat, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman, Gustav Forsling, and Jan Rutta.  During the second half will it become more clear or worse is the question?

Here are some morning links to start your morning

Jordan Oesterle time has finally arrived in the NHL with the Blackhawks (Verdi)

Here is the story that broke the fact that Corey Crawford could be out for the season (Sun-Times)

Scotty Bowman thinks the injury is a concussion related injury (Tribune)

Miracle on Ice 2.0 just doesn’t feel right…….Yet (Bleacher Report)

The Stars are changing up their defense will it hurt them (Blackout Dallas)

The Blues should ride the Carton Hutton train for a while? (Bleedin Blue)

Mikael Granlund is building on last years breakout season (Hockey Wilderness) 

Next: This Weeks NHL Power Rankings

A Boston Bruins fixture is retiring after this season (SI)

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