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While Corey Crawford has been strong in net since returning from injury, and special teams have been effective, the Blackhawks know they’ll have to go back to generating scoring chances and applying pressure to opponents at even strength in order to hold off the likes of the Wild and the Blues in the back half of the season.
Tuesday’s 3 1 loss to Winnipeg closed out the Blackhawks’ home slate for the 2016 calendar, and now the team will embark on a three game road trip that culminates in the 2017 Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
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