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Blackhawks Wrap: A Much Needed Break

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The Chicago Blackhawks enter a week long break on a four-game losing streak, back-to-back shutouts, and a 20-game franchise record of consecutive road losses.

A break couldn’t have come at a better time. What will likely help the Hawks gain some momentum and health, Chicago will get some much needed time to reset as the road trip saw team high on heart but just unable to get the ample goal scoring to win.

But in a season that was meant to be a rebuilding one, it’s still tough on coaches, the front office, players, and the fans watching the same outcomes after a variety of different games.

The good news for the Blackhawks is that the prospects are only getting better and providing the hope that paired with success at the NHL level, will move the rebuild along from its current state.

Until then, there will be more losing than winning and further, prospect watching until they indeed make their way to Chicago.

But for now, a break that will recharge for the final 32 games of the season.

Five Must Read Blackhawks Stories from CHN

  • Rockford IceHogs head coach Anders Sorensen is tasked with getting the organization’s top prospects to Chicago. His induction into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday shows he’s precisely the right man to do so
  • All the losing at least bumps the Blackhawks lottery odds up. Will they get Mack Celebrini with the top pick? Maybe–maybe not. But their prime to pick top three with plenty of options available
  • Alex Vlasic was one of several prospects considered for CHN’s Top 10. Inevitably, he was left off the list but turns out he should have absolutely been on there. Now he’s graduated but he’s shown to be a player who will bolster the blue line for years to come.
  • The two-year deal that Petr Mrazek signed completes the hat trick of veterans of signed to begin cementing the foundation that will help the Blackhawks move out of the rebuild.
  • Gavin Hayes continues to score goals at a high clip. He may very well be one of the prospects who forces Chicago’s hand in next season’s training camp

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