Blackhawks Confidential

Blackhawks get much needed vacation while clowns come to town


It's that time of year again.  The Blackhawks have packed up and hit the road, not to see home ice again until November 30th.  Although the first 20 games or so have shown some serious similarities, the real circus is in town now.  The Blackhawks will sweep through Canada and then down through California; bonding, learning all there is to know about each other, and most importantly, winning.  At least that's the plan...

It seems like every game is becoming the most important game of the year lately.  The need to start collecting points is growing in a very competitive Western Conference.  But for all us fans flirting with hopelessness, these next two weeks will tell us everything we need to know.  Come November 30th when the Hawks take the ice against the Blues it will be clear whether or not we should tune in or just pop in the 09-10 DVD and reminisce.  The "Circus Trip" is the Blackhawks final chance to set the tone for this season.

Jonathon Toews has been saying all the right things; not accepting losing, promising to turn things around, blah blah blah.  But if he can't deliver over the next few games it will be all but certain the Blackhawks are not a contender this year.  All the pieces are in place.  Everyone is healthy, they've played two strong games heading in, and the boys seem to understand what's at stake beginning in Edmonton Wednesday night.  Their play will do the talking from here on out.

Stalberg has become a nice addition to the first line.  Skille understands if he can't score consistently he must play with the reckless abandon we've seen of late.  Dowell is becoming a steady 4th line center.  And best of all, Kopecky is less noticebale as he skates with the third line.  The individual roles crucial to success are finally being cast, hopefully the end result is victory.

The big guns know they need to start producing to win.  Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp, etc. understand that they must shoulder the offensive load.  That's the beauty of this upcoming road trip.  Everything is in place for the Blackhawks to show us what they can do.  A streak of victories and they'll return home with a rabid fan base getting excited to continue the march towards the playoffs.  Continued inconsistency and lack of offense will result in an emptying bandwagon with angry die hards left to digest what's left of our Hawks.  Either way it will be nice to finally settle on what are the appropriate expectations for this season.

Buckle up and enjoy the ride! Blackhawks Confidential will be here following our 1 ring circus as we look for reasons to believe a 2nd ring will be added shortly.




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iplagitr said:


Lots of good things in the game last night, but before we get ahead of ourselves, let's remember the Oilers have only won 2 games in their last 15 (we all know who they beat), and had been outscored 25-8 in the 4 games preceding this one. That said, thank god the reigning champs found a way to finally beat the worst team in the west. Hopefully they can build some momentum from these last two wins, and continue that kind of effort against the tougher teams. It was also nice to see some bounces finally go their way and pucks going in the net for them too.

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