Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Back To Work

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 17: Patrick Kane
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 17: Patrick Kane /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! After getting a 5 day break from the NHL schedule, the Chicago Blackhawks will be back to work tonight at the United Center when the New York Islanders pay a visit. 

I said this yesterday on Twitter, and I will say it again here this morning….. I don’t understand the need for a bye week in the NHL!  I did get some interesting responses to my statement yesterday.

So you get the point, we don’t think they need a break especially when they got a winter break for Christmas.  They get as much time off as my kids do during the Holidays and throw in some snow days on top of it!

So one thing that did stand out to me at practice yesterday besides the fact that it looks like Artem Anisimov could be back Monday night, it’s that Joel Quenneville has decided to try Anthony Duclair on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.

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I’m kind of surprised by the move because I felt that Vinnie Hinostroza had started building some really good chemistry with those two, but now we will see what Duclair can bring to the top line.

Either way, we are back playing hockey once again, so I guess it’s time to start the links to kick off the weekend!

The Chicago Blackhawks play only their 2nd home Saturday game of the season tonight (Blackhawks)

The end of the Chicago Blackhawks dynasty is looming (Tribune)

The Stanley Cup playoffs are in doubt, but the Hawks need to play better no matter what (CBS Chicago)

10 Years as the man, Rocky Wirtz has made all the right moves with the Blackhawks (Chicago Business)

The Good and Bad news about Corey Crawford (CSN)

Kevin Shattenkirk is out indefinitely with a tear in his meniscus (NHL)

The injury bug keeps hitting the Nashville Predators (Predlines)

Blues are looking to make a huge playoff push (Dispatch)

Should the Calgary Flames make an offer for Erik Karlsson (Sportsnet)

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Auston Matthews doubling down in Toronto (Puck Daddy)