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The Chicago Blackhawks' onathan Toews (19) has words with the referees in the first period against the New York Islanders at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks' onathan Toews (19) has words with the referees in the first period against the New York Islanders at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images) /
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Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Welcome to the 2nd half of the NHL season, and I’m sure you have seen the Central Division standings so you know it’s time for the Chicago Blackhawks to roll! 

I’m sure it has to do with the Chicago Blackhawks not playing consistent hockey for most of the first half of the season, but I’ve never remembered following any sport that has been tracking the Wild Card Spots before the All-Star break like the NHL has this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks are really trying to add a lot of youth and speed with a veteran core, and well the kids play has been inconsistent as well as the veterans play. You throw in some injuries to Nick Schmaltz, Artem Anisimov, and most notably Corey Crawford and you have a recipe for inconsistency.

Of course yesterday, Joel Quenneville said that Crawford didn’t skate over the weekend like the plan was for the Hawks goalie so that was a little deflating.

The good news is that the Chicago Blackhawks looked really good in their last game before the All-Star break and it had to give them a lot of confidence heading into the 2nd half of the season, especially after a couple feel good losses to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

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The bad news is they face the Nashville Predators tonight who seem to have their number all of a sudden.  Hopefully the play of the top line will cancel out their top lines advantage that they have had against the Blackhawks since the last years playoffs.

I’m kind of excited to see if the Hawks can put an extended win and point streak together or will this season just be a total bust!

Here are some morning links to start your Tuesday morning.

What did Joel Quenneville have to say at practice on Monday (Blackhawks)

Duncan Keith is overdue for his first goal of the season (Tribune)

Corey Crawford has yet to hit the ice in a possible return (Sun-Times)

A look at Jaromir Jagr‘s mind boggling stats (ESPN)

The New York Islanders are returning to Long Island on a part time basis (Pro Hockey Talk)

Winnipeg Jets Jacob Trouba is out for two months (CBS)

What are the keys to the Predators 2nd half of the season (Predlines)

Blues have a tough task ahead of them in the Central Division (Post Dispatch)

Next: Are The Hawks Really This Bad

Auston Matthews is now trying to recruit (Puck Daddy)

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