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The Chicago Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot for the third year in a row this past weekend. I am very excited to once again be able to watch my favorite team compete for the Stanley Cup, but after the initial excitement concluded, worry began to set in. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (Photo by Hockeybroad Own work via Wikimedia Commons) While I am certainly more optimistic about the ‘Hawks’ chances compared to last season, I couldn’t stop thinking about the potential problem at the goaltending position that could haunt the ‘Hawks this postseason. For a good part of the regular season there was a power struggle between the ‘Hawks’ two goaltenders, Corey Crawford and Ray Emery, for the starting position. We heard Coach Joel Quenneville talk a lot about “playing the hot hand.” While “playing the hot hand” might help a team deal with a short-term goaltending problem during the regular season, it definitely does more harm than good during the postseason. Recently, Crawford has gotte...
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