Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The calendar has turned to February which means their is only 2 and a half months left in the NHL calendar, and the Chicago Blackhawks have a lot of work to do!
I’m not sure which team that was I watched on Tuesday night, but I liked it for the most part. They did kind of do the old duck and cover late in the third just hoping to escape Nashville with a win, but for the most part they played with a sense of urgency that we haven’t seen for most of the season.
The Chicago Blackhawks looked fast and dangerous for a lot of the game against a team that made them look old and slow in the playoffs. It appears that Stan Bowman’s transformation on the fly is starting to come around.
In my humble opinion the Chicago Blackhawks still need two things to happen for them to be really dangerous the rest of the way in to the finish line.
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They need Corey Crawford to return to the lineup or have Anton Forsberg play at the level he played at in the Nashville game. The Hawks defense has always given a lot of odd man breaks, and with the youth they play on defense now which likes to be aggressive on the offensive end they need a strong backstop the rest of the way.
Secondly, they need Jonathan Toews to be more than a checking centerman. They really need him to be a threat on the offensive end. The top line with Anthony Duclair has shown some real potential, but the Captain needs to find the scoring touch down the stretch.
It’s February, time to go on a streak! Here are some morning links to start your morning!
The Chicago Blackhawks believe it’s worth the wait for their Russian prospects (Athletic)
There is a sense of urgency around the Chicago Blackhawks now (WGN)
Welcome to the playoff push for the next 2 months (CSN)
A look back at the best moments from the NHL Skills competition during All-Star weekend (Bleacher Report)
Who had Winnipeg vs Las Vegas as a battle of first place teams at the beginning of the season (Free Press)
Who do the Toronto Maple Leafs need to pick up mid-Season (Sportsnet)
Farewell to the great Jaromir Jagr (Puck Daddy)