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Author: Bryan Oakley

Chicago Blackhawks Passion is Missing

ANAHEIM, CA – DECEMBER 05: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on at the end of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on December 5, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) The Chicago Blackhawks passion was running high after missing the playoffs last season. From top to bottom the team swore that missing the playoffs was unacceptable. After two straight first-round playoff exits the two seasons before, the pressure was on general manager Stan Bowman to right the ship. Unfortunately, the 2018...

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Chicago Blackhawks Problems Start With Stan Bowman

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 23: Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is interviewed during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Chicago Blackhawks problems are numerous this season. They have consistently played terrible in their own end in front of their goalies. They continue to allow numerous “Grade A” chances to their opponents each game. Their special teams have also been absolutely terrible all season. They have the third worst penalty kill at 73.5% and their power play is dead last at 12.5%. Their record...

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Chicago Blackhawks Are Struggling To Stay Competitive

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 11: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins tries to konck the puck away from Jan Rutta #44 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Chicago Blackhawks are struggling as a team through the first 24 games this season. They are currently 9-10-5 sitting 10 points behind Central Division-leading Nashville Predators. The most amazing thing is that the Blackhawks are only three points out of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference. Despite all of their shortcomings, they “still have a...

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