Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Well Hello December

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The calendar has turned to December, and the Chicago Blackhawks are still on top of the Central Division with a 4 point lead over the St. Louis Blues. 

The Chicago Blackhawks are home tonight when the New Jersey Devils visit the United Center so it will be another chance to see the Hawks put their top notch home record of 9-1-2 in action.

The Blackhawks will most likely be without Jonathan Toews tonight, so it will be another game for the kids to step up without the Captain around to bail them out.

The one player I really am continuing to break out this season is Patrick Kane. Sure, his stats are fine, but unlike last year, he’s not taking over games which all of us are waiting for.

The Hawks have been struggling to score goals for the past week or so, and most of their issues have been not shooting the puck.  The Chicago Blackhawks have been trying to be too cute at times with their passing, so look for them to start shooting a lot more tonight.

The Hawks defeated the Devils on the road earlier this year with a 3-2 win in overtime, so this doesn’t look like a shootout or a goalie battle either.

The good news is that almost nobody expected the Hawks to be sitting at the top of the division at the end of November.  So is the Western Conference starting to fall apart or are the Hawks kids better than expected?

Well, it’s game day and here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your morning! 

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the New Jersey Devils to kick off the month of December (Blackhawks)

According to Forbes Magazine, the Chicago Blackhawks are the 4th most valuable franchise in the NHL (Second City)

Roberto Luongo made fun of himself after Artemi Panarin burned him for a sensational shootout goal (Madhouse Enforcer)

After having to deal with Andrew Shaw comparisons, Ryan Hartman is succeeding this season playing his own game (CSN)

Jonathan Toews will most likely be out until Saturday with his back injury (Sun-Times)

Here is one of those fun lists, Ranking the Top 10 hardest slap shots in NHL history (Bleacher Report)

The Ottawa Senators allow goalie Craig Anderson to take a leave of absence to be with his wife as she starts cancer treatment (Pro Hockey Talk)

Martin Jones continues to play strong against his former team (Puck Daddy)

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