The Blackhawks Are Caught In A Dilemma When It Comes To Choosing A Path To Follow In NHL

The Blackhawks Are Caught In A Dilemma When It Comes To Choosing A Path To Follow In NHL

The Blackhawks are caught between chasing a playoff spot and solidifying better odds in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery.

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The Chicago Blackhawks came into the 2018-19 NHL season with little expectations after a disappointing 2017-18 campaign where they finished with 76 points, 19 points out of a playoff spot, and their first playoff miss since 2008. After a relatively good October to start the season, the Blackhawks have been mostly abysmal, including separate seven and eight-game losing streaks.

Three-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Joel Quenneville was axed in early November during the eight-game slide. To put insult to injury, starting goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup winner Corey Crawford has been out with another concussion since being injured against San Jose on December 16th.

The current stretch has given fans hope of a turnaround and faint playoff hopes. The Hawks are currently on a five-game winning streak with wins over Washington, the New York Islanders, Buffalo, Minnesota, and Edmonton bringing their record to 21-24-9. At 51 points, they are tied with Edmonton, Anaheim, and Arizona, while sitting one point behind Colorado and two behind St. Louis, and only three behind the second Western Conference Wild Card Playoff team in Vancouver.

With the exception of Vancouver, the Blackhawks have played at least one more game than everyone else, making it harder to jump past those teams in the playoff race.

With the recent run, Chicago sits sixth in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery, giving them a 7.5% chance of selecting first overall, and a 23.3% chance of selecting in the top 3. They are only four points ahead of the second-best odds in the lottery for the top pick and for a top three selection, but just three behind the 13th best odds.

If they continue to go on this run, they could find themselves still out of the playoffs (depending on how other teams fare), but most likely selecting between 11th and 13th, which would be detrimental towards adding a near NHL ready talent to boost the franchise's rebuild while superstar forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are still productive in their early 30s.

Even if the Blackhawks somehow make the playoffs, they would most likely lose in the first round to Calgary or Winnipeg in a mere four or five games, dropping them outside of the lottery to the 16th pick. Typically, middle of the first-round draft selections are two to three years from playing at the NHL level, unlike in the NFL and NBA Draft where those athletes are playing or are at least on the roster in their first pro year.

Adding a top draft pick to the roster next year like forwards Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, Vasili Podkolzin, who are projected to be NHL ready, or even Kirby Dach or Dylan Cozens, who might break a roster, could help push the red and black to being a consistent winning club sooner than if they draft outside of the top 5, which is much more likely if the team keeps winning.

The NHL Trade Deadline is February 25, meaning General Manager Stan Bowman will have to make some tough decisions about whether or not he will trade anyone from the existing roster (such as 30-year-old forward Artem Anisimov who makes $4.55 million until 2021) in order to gain draft picks and clear cap space for the 2019 Free Agency this summer.

The draft lottery could fall the Blackhawks' way even if their odds are quite slim, but it is obviously unlikely. As a fan of the team, it is nice to see them playing well, but it is clear from results earlier in the year that they need more help to lessen the offensive loads of Kane and Toews. In contrast, trading roster players in order to help the team lose more only promote a losing culture that is toxic in the players' dressing room. Amidst the current streak, the Chicago Blackhawks management will have to look towards the future when making the team better.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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