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Opening the Eyes of Chicago Blackhawks Fans in 2019-20

By Jimmy Lynch
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: The Chicago Blackhawks line up for the national anthem prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on October 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 10: The Chicago Blackhawks line up for the national anthem prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center on October 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Ladies and gentlemen, there are 82 games in the regular season. With only 3 games played, it is still way too early to panic.

When do you think the mass hysteria began for Chicago Blackhawks fans? Did it start when we lost to St. Louis in 2016 in Game 7 of Round 1? Maybe, it was the following season when we were swept by the Nashville Predators.

Even still, maybe it was the Corey Crawford injury that helped push the Blackhawks to their first no show in the postseason in a long time. Of course, it might also be when Joel Quenneville was fired to bring in a young coach like Jeremy Colliton.

You get the point. The state of the Chicago Blackhawks’ franchise has recently changed from Stanley Cups contenders to a disappointment. The hope and faith in the Blackhawks’ fan base has gone from believing in the team no matter what to waiting for them to give up a lead.

It’s interesting to say that we, the fans, can impact the game, but I believe we can. We can provide the spark that pushes the Blackhawks over the edge. We can provide the reasons for hope for a team that has seen only misfortune lately.

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This is Stan Bowman’s team. There is no doubt in my mind about that. He has brought in players like Robin Lehner to help aid the goaltending situation, Calvin de Haan to help fix the defense, and Andrew Shaw to help give a spark to the team on offense and in the locker room.

This is Stan Bowman’s team. Last season, there were still smudges of disarray in the locker room. Players like Brandon Manning and Cam Ward were brought in to help play Joel Quenneville’s game. Nothing to actually help fix a team, but instead, put a bandage on it.

Now, they have a lot of new pieces in the Blackhawks’ locker room. The average fan wouldn’t know who number 6, 8, 40, and 44 are on this team, just to name a few. I am not saying that the players the Blackhawks have are the right ones. I am saying that they are better than what we had last season.

I know that the defense has not looked great through the first few games, and that Corey Crawford has looked anything but great thus far, but it is only 3 games. St. Louis was out of the playoffs in January and managed to work their way back into it. Let’s start worrying when the team is still struggling in December.

The Chicago Blackhawks will be back in the playoffs making plays like these again in no time.

Let’s really give the team the chance to grow a little more, ladies and gentlemen. We are not going to have seasons like 2012-13 every year where you start undefeated for 20 plus games. Let the Blackhawks learn on the fly and they might just surprise you.

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