Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Late Night Blues

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 2: Brock Boeser /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks took a two game winning streak to Vancouver last night, and when the final horn sounded it was just another L in the loss column. 

There definitely was a different vibe to the game last night compared to the Nashville Predators game on Tuesday.  The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t have that same jump in their skates, and as fast as they looked on Tuesday, well  they just looked pedestrian on Thursday night.

When watching the Chicago Blackhawks last night there were two things that were very frustrating to see, and if they don’t make the playoffs you can certainly write up that these were some of the reasons why they didn’t achieve any of their goals for the season.

First, the powerplay is unwatchable at times.  The first two powerplays the Chicago Blackhawks had were terrible and took away the momentum.   After Nick Schmaltz scored the first goal of the game, the Chicago Blackhawks had three more powerplays to add to their lead, but none of them were even productive. Whoever is in charge of the powerplay really should be let go at the end of the season.

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The second thing is highly frustrating is the amount of odd man breaks the Chicago Blackhawks give up on a nightly basis.  The first goal of the game was a 2 on 1 that looked too easy. The defensive pairings are just now getting settled in, and yet there was a breakdown in communication on the Daniel Sedin goal that was the game winner early in the third period.

The Chicago Blackhawks have dug too big a hole to go pointless in games, and last night just proved the point that the only consistent thing about the Chicago Blackhawks this season is that they are inconsistent.

Here are some morning links to start your Friday.

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after the loss in Vancouver (Blackhawks)

A huge bump in the road in Vancouver (Tribune)

Will the Chicago Blackhawks ever change their logo or name (International)

Checking in on the 2016 Chicago Blackhawks draft class (Committed Indians)

The Stars of the Chicago Blackhawks need to start playing like it (CSN)

The mystery disappearance of Paul Ranger (TSN)

What if the Pittsburgh Penguins had drafted Jonathan Toews (Puck Prose)

Nathan MacKinnon may miss the next month due to injury (Mile High Sticking)

What will the return of Mike Fisher mean to the Predators (On The Forecheck)

Next: 5 Reasons Why The Hawks Will Make The Playoffs

Should this goal really have counted? (Puck Daddy)