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Pivotal Time for Blackhawks

From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,

So here they are, 20 games into the season, and the Blackhawks are in the midst of a five-day break, before embarking on a pivotal road swing through Western Canada that will give them a clearer idea of whether they are a legitimate playoff contender this year — or still in the throes of a rebuilding program.

Toews and Kane represent the two leaders in the rookie of the year race this season and it is reminiscent of the 2001-02 season, when the two Atlanta Thrashers prospects, Dany Heatley and Ilya Kovalchuk, finished one-two in the Calder Trophy race and turned that expansion franchise into a team on the rise. Or at least gave the organization something to get excited about.

After all, excitement has been the missing ingredient on the Chicago hockey scene for the better part of a decade.

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Update 10:39pm ET:
An observation from Mike Downey at the Chicago Tribune:

Hold on to your hockey stick: Only four teams (Red Wings, Rangers, Hurricanes and Senators) in the entire 30-team NHL have won more games so far than the Blackhawks. Cool, man.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

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