Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Cat-riffic Night

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 25: Alex DeBrincat
DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 25: Alex DeBrincat /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks did something they rarely do which is play a good game before a break, but we will take it that’s for sure!  

First off, I really got close with my predictions last night.  I had three goals in the first period, easy win and Anthony Duclair as the 2nd star and Alex DeBrincat as the first star all correct.. Yes I also do know my last four predictions were horribly wrong!

Back to DeBrincat who grew up near Detroit and had family in the stands (which looked to be half empty on TV) had a very good game along with that top line.  Joel Quenneville grasping at straws has really found a solid top pairing with Anthony Duclair and Jonathan Toews with the Cat.

DeBrincat joined a list that had only one other player on it last night when he picked up his second hat trick in his rookie season.

Pretty cool to be on a list with Steve Larmer who’s #28 should be hanging from the rafters of the United Center!

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DeBrincat who had kind of looked like he was hitting the rookie wall until he was put on the top line, now looks very dangerous again.  He just has a knack of finding the soft spot and getting his shot off no matter what the obstacle is in front of him.

If the Hawks are going to make a run after the All-Star game they will need DeBrincat to avoid hitting any rookie walls and keep playing like he has the last couple of nights!

Here are some morning links to start your Friday. 

Watch Alex DeBrincat complete his 2nd career hat trick. (Blackhawks)

The Hawks needed this win in the worst way (The Loop)

The Red Wings were outworked and not ready to play last night (Detroit Free Press)

Ed Olczyk is scared to death about cancer while he fights to beat it (Tribune)

What is going on in Rockford (Faxes From Uncle Dale)

Free agent goalies are a high risk low reward situation (Fan rag)

Alex Pietrangelo is looking to get in the Norris discussion (Bleedin Blue)

The Colorado Avalanche finally stopped winning (Mile High Sticking)

The Pittsburgh Penguins blew out the Wild last night (Twin Cities)

A silver lining in the Montreal lost to the Hurricanes (Sportsnet)

Next: The Stats Don't Lie

P.K. Subban was nearly traded to Vancouver before he ended up in Nashville (Puck Prose)