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Counting down the days until the Chicago Blackhawks next game vs TBL

Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /
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Moments of celebration were slim for the Chicago Blackhawks the first two games of the season as they were playing one of the best teams in the league, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blackhawks now have their work cut out for them to improve moving forward.

After dropping the first two games of the season, Chicago will now play two games against the Florida Panthers before heading home to the United Center to take on the Detroit Red Wings. During a normal year, winning would be everything for the ‘Hawks, but this season finding the good from the bad is more important.

Chicago’s first two games saw them get outscored 10-3, but it was not all horrible. Alex DeBrincat scored a goal early in the season, something he needed to do after a dreadful 2019-20 season. Dylan Strome has shown some reasons for optimism as he currently is a 58.8 percent in the faceoff dot.

Fans can be upset and angry after the performance they saw on the ice against Tampa Bay, but if they are, I think they will need to get used to that feeling this season. Instead of watching the scoreboard or the standings, this season is about Chicago finding who they will be in the next few seasons.

47 days till the Blackhawks next game against Tampa Bay

Have the 4th of March circled on your calendar; that is the next time Chicago will face off against the Lightning, and hopefully, it will look like the team has improved since then. From now until March 4th, the Blackhawks will be spending time adapting as a team and improving, maybe not personnel-wise, but they should improve mentally.

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The Blackhawks have Carl Soderberg and Brent Seabrook as absences from their lineup through the first two games, but besides that, there is not much help coming for the ‘Hawks. However, from now until March 4th, Chicago can do their best to improve their system and get their young players ready to play the Lightning again.

The Lightning are a machine of a hockey team. Even when they falter and have a bad night, they very well could win by two or three goals still. Any team starting the year against them was going to struggle, and Chicago is no different.

Here is a complete list of players under the age of 25 in Chicago: Strome, DeBrincat, Boqvist, Highmore, Kurashev, Mitchell, and Suter. The mental game of playing the top team in the NHL might get to some of these younger players and the two untested goalies Chicago had in the net through the first few games of the season.

Hopefully, in 47 days the ‘Hawks lineup will be able to stand up a little tougher against the Lightning. While they very well could drop every game against Tampa Bay this season, if Chicago can make the score 3-2 or 2-1 instead of 5-1, then I think that will be an improvement by March 4th.

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