Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! After a week off of writing due to a very very long week of setting up a grand opening, I’m back and well it seems like playing out the string is the only option right now.
During the Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues game, the word spoiler was used quite a bit during the telecast. I really hate that word, because it usually means that your team should be better than what it has been for the better part of the season, but now all of a sudden they are playing well enough to beat teams higher than them in the standings.
Well, the Chicago Blackhawks this season haven’t played well enough to beat anyone consistently this season. They have only shown flashes of their former selves this year which is the most frustrating thing about watching them.
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Sunday night was a great example of them playing well enough to win, but there were too many breakdowns and stupid penalties for them to seal the deal even with an Alex DeBrincat hat trick.
DeBrincat is one of the shining things we can take away from this season. The Chicago Blackhawks have a scorer that is only 20 years old, but he has to be surrounded by talent. He went nearly a month without a goal due mainly to Joel Quenneville shuffling him around line after line throughout the month.
If there is one thing I would like to see as I follow the Chicago Blackhawks is Joel Quenneville settle on lines and let them run their course for a month or so. My example is he never changed up Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Patrick Kane and they all had career seasons and carried the team for two straight years. Cohesiveness is something that cannot be copied or recreated.
Oh well, playing out the string is pretty boring! Here are some morning links to start your First Day of Spring!
The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated everyday heroes in the community (Blackhawks)
Connor Murphy sees no reason to compare himself to Niklas Hjalmarsson (Tribune)
5 Amazing Facts about Alex DeBrincat’s 3rd hat trick of the season (Sun-Times)
What should the Chicago Blackhawks do in goal next season (CSN)
Maple Leafs are getting healthy and hot at the right time (Pro Hockey Talk)
How the Western Conference will be won this year (Predlines)
Is it time to start worrying about the Vegas Golden Knights (Puck Daddy)