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Silverman: Demanding Pre-Olympic Street Journey Will Check Blackhawks

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    everyday updates. Indicator Up By Steve Silverman(CBS) The Chicago Blackhawks
    have to be feeling very good about themselves following a weekend in which they
    defeated the large-flying Anaheim Ducks and their Stanley Cup opponents Jacques
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    , the Boston Bruins.Each games featured the Blackhawks at their
    ideal. Not only have been they placing their speed and offensive creativity on
    show, but the two games featured Corey Crawford on top of his game and
    displaying the form that backstopped the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup final 12
    months.That’s a huge problem for the Blackhawks. Crawford’s ambitions-against
    common and save percentage are pretty middle of the pack this yr �?two.44 and
    .912 �?but coming up large against two of the best teams in the league was
    reasonably large. There has been a great deal of criticism of Crawford this yr
    and most of it has been of the knee-jerk variety from followers who believe
    Crawford ought to be best.He is not and he never ever will be. But he is almost
    always on top of his game against the ideal opponents, and he does 1 factor far
    better than any other goalie in the league. Crawford puts a poor goal behind him
    greater than anybody else. That was certified in Game four of the Stanley Cup
    Final, when he gave up 5 goals to the Bruins, and they have been all to the
    glove side that the Bruins had targeted.Brent Seabrook bailed him out of that
    game when he scored an overtime objective to win the game and tie the series,
    and then Crawford gave up three ambitions over the subsequent two video games as
    the Blackhawks won the series. It would have been hard for any other goalie to
    put a bad game behind him the way Crawford did,
    and come back in such an impressive method when all the funds was on the
    table.Having Crawford at his best right now is important for the Blackhawks.
    They encounter nine video games prior to the Olympic break, and eight of them
    are on the road. The Blackhawks have to engage in a sprint at this point in the
    season. The first part of the sprint is the less complicated component, as the
    Blackhawks will engage the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, and
    Calgary Flames. They will host the Jets and the other three are away from house.
    It would not be surprising to see them go three--one or 4- in individuals
    games.Nevertheless, the last 5 games will be brutal. They will play the hated
    Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and
    Phoenix Coyotes prior to the break. They will get challenged tough in every of
    those games. The Kings and the Ducks figure to be at their best, and those two
    games figure to be the toughest on the journey. If they are going to finish in
    the leading spot in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks would be
    properly-advised to go no worse than seven-2- in the course of this testing road
    journey.After the Olympic competition is finished, the Blackhawks and every
    single other team will begin a new season. It will be reminiscent of the
    schedule the NHL had final 12 months after the lockout ended. Teams played very
    demanding schedules when the doors had been finally opened, enjoying 3 or four
    games every week.The very same scenario exists this yr as the Blackhawks will
    perform three or 4 games in each of the season’s last five weeks of the 12
    months.That’s the sort of demanding workload that will expose a team’s
    weaknesses. Chicago is probably to be in better form than the competitors, given
    that they have much more talent than their opponents.However, that 2nd-half
    routine will check their limits and expose any issues that head coach Joel
    Quenneville and basic manager Stan Bowman have on their roster.The Blackhawks
    have played as well as could have been fairly anticipated to this point in the
    year. Even so, this pre-Olympic street journey will give a considerable
    check.Bowman almost certainly has the sort of roster to get by way of this exam
    without having considerably of a problem. Nonetheless, if there are any troubles
    exposed, he need to be prepared to act prior to the March 5 trade deadline if
    the Blackhawks are going to make a respectable run at their third title in five