Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Can We Blame It All On Crawford

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Corey Crawford
NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Corey Crawford /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks scored first then were able to win in a shootout for a rare win on Wednesday night.  Of course this is in the too little too late category. 

The Chicago Blackhawks are now 2-1-0 in their last 3 games, but they are way back with the most minimal of chances to make the playoffs right now.

On Wednesday, Joel Quenneville made it sound like Corey Crawford probably won’t be back in the lineup this season as the Chicago Blackhawks #1 goalie hadn’t been on the ice for more than a week.

I’m totally good with shutting down #50 for the rest of the season since their really isn’t a chance to make the playoffs.

Looking back on the season is it fair to say we can blame it all on Crawford getting injured? I really don’t think you can.  Don’t get me wrong Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass were not in the league of back ups that Ray Emery and Scott Darling have been in years past.  I’m quite certain the season Crawford was having if he had stayed healthy would have won some of these games on his own.

That being said, if you ask me this seasons failure isn’t just on Crawford getting hurt and the backups not playing up to snuff.

To me the season is on Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Duncan Keith.  The core of the Chicago Blackhawks has not had a very good season. It’s not just the stat sheet either which is lacking for all three of them.  It’s the leadership on and off the ice that hasn’t looked like it’s been there on a consistent basis.

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When the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs by the Nashville Predators, Jonathan Toews said he was committing to working out a different way and coming back faster and better than ever, and he’s game just seems to be in decline.

Keith has had different playing partners all season long, but his game hasn’t been sharp for most of it.

I would like to say watch NHL for next season, but these guys will all be in their 30’s next year so I’m not confident that they will be back better than ever, and that’s what scares me.  Well Hopefully Crow will be back!

Here are a  few links to start your morning! 

What did Joel Quenneville have to say after the win (Blackhawks)

The Blackhawks are trying to stay focused despite trade rumors (Sun-Times)

Ryan Hartman is looking forward to the trade deadline being over (Tribune)

Team USA women’s hockey wins the Gold medal (Bleacher Report)

Ryan Miller was up to his old tricks (Pro Hockey Talk)

How good is Kevin Fiala (Predlines)

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