Chicago Blackhawks: Deadline Targets for Needed Improvements

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Chicago Blackhawks:  Deadline Targets for Needed Improvements
Is this the man that will backstop the Hawks to another Cup?

The 2011-2012 Chicago Blackhawks have turned in to one of the more mercurial teams in the NHL this season. 

At times, they have had the most points in the league, yet few analysts have placed them at the very top of their power rankings. While they have put together some nice winning streaks (namely a five-game streak in December and a four-game streak in November) that included victories over Vancouver, San Jose and Minnesota, they also lost four in a row and five of their last six before a victory over the current NHL doormat Columbus Blue Jackets.

The one-time leaders of the NHL in points are currently in a tie with the surging St. Louis Blues and only two points ahead of the always competitive Detroit Red Wings (who have a game in hand) for the lead in the Central Division.

While a dogfight in early January might not seem like cause for concern, as fans continue to compare this team favorably to the 2010 squad that won the Stanley Cup, the recent fall off is symptomatic of some greater issues that need to be addressed if the Hawks are to have any hope of advancing far in the playoffs, much less winning it all this year. 

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