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Blackhawks Gameday #17: Would Be Thankful for a Win

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The Chicago Blackhawks (5-11) are looking to escape another loss as their streak is at four. Perhaps the Columbus Blue Jackets (4-11-4) could help as anyone paying attention has seen the gong show going on in Columbus. Puck drop is at 6pm.

Previously on Blackhawks Hockey:

In short, they didn’t get the bounces or the luck in a game where they played more consistently in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Blue Jackets Report

When I say gong show, it doesn’t really do it justice. From some brutal performances right down to the benching of Patrik Laine, it’s been a miserable year so far for Columbus.

That doesn’t even count the hiring and then firing of Mike Babcock before he could even coach a preseason game.

How to Watch and Listen

TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio: WGN 720

Miscellaneous Musings

A loss tonight would be one where there’s considerable worry that they’r entering one of those long stretches of futility. Last season at this time they were headed to an eight-game losing streak. Tonight could be some much needed tonic for a team that did so much better on Sunday but didn’t get a point out of it.

Best Case/Worst Case/Final Verdict

Best Case – They win and kill the losing streak before the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town Friday

Worst Case – A loss to a team that seemingly looks absolutely lost.

Final Verdict –  The Blackhawks have had a couple days away from the schedule in what will be their longest time off between games until the middle of December. Columbus has been putrid, are having turmoil within and on the ice, and are limping into Thanksgiving. The top power play line featuring Kevin Korchinski, Corey Perry, Philipp Kurashev, Connor Bedard, and Lukas Reichel will be must watch tonight. It will validate the hopes of fans who wanted to see Korchinski quarterbacking on the top unit.

They’ll miss Taylor Hall, but if that top line can generate what it did against Buffalo, they should be just fine.

I don’t do predictions often but this one has to be a win. Right?

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