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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Merry Christmas Eve and a Happy Holidays to you all. I hope you are able to spend the day, wherever you are and whoever you are with, in any way that makes you happiest. That’s the spirit of the holiday season to me.

•   Also in the spirit of the holiday season, this Blackhawks Christmas Album is ten years old!

•   What better way to spend your Christmas Eve than curling up and watching…nothing…

•   I mean, Christmas movies are an option too.

•   Speaking of cancellations, for the second year in-a-row, the Women’s U18 World Championships will be cancelled without the opportunity to reschedule, while the Men’s World Junior Championships plays on without a second thought.

•   Seems incredibly bogus to the rising Women’s prospects to not even entertain the idea of a postponement. Just outright canceled? Incredibly unfair.

•   At the Men’s World Juniors, Team USA lost their pre-tournament game in overtime to Finland after Red Savage (yes, a real player) took a five-minute major late in the game, allowing Finland to score three goals on the unlimited five-minute powerplay, including the overtime winner. But at least the game doesn’t count, right? And at least Drew Commesso wasn’t in net for the blown lead.

•   Commesso will have a major weight on his shoulders, leading Team USA as they defend their 2021 Gold Medal.

•   At least he and the rest of the U.S. Junior team team are going to look damn good doing so. Unlike the players who will be heading to the Olympics…

•   Speaking of the Olympics, with the NHL not participating, new coaches and team front office personnel are needed. Team Canada already has new faces in those positions, with Team USA expected to name their third leader of the management group for the 2022 Olympic team after the Holiday weekend.

•   I don’t envy the guy who has to come in and take the seat third in line, and have to do so without NHL players participating in the games.

•   With the Olympics out, so is the Olympic break in the NHL schedule. Due to the recent COVID outbreak in the league, 50 games had been postponed over the last two weeks, including three Blackhawks home games. Getting those and the rest of the 50 games rescheduled in the three-week break that was supposed to be for the Olympics is another job I don’t envy…

•   Good luck.

•   You know who could also use some good luck? Patrick Kane. He is shooting at what would be a career-low 7.4% right now this season. His career-low for a full season is a 7.9% shooting-percentage, set last season. That and many more stats like it in this piece from NBC Chicago’s Charlie Roumeliotis…

•   Here’s something else fun from the Blackhawks, Alex DeBrincat and his new wife Lyndsey played a mini version of the Newlywed Game. In which, we learn if the Cat cries during movies?

•   Fun stuff.

•   Speaking of getting to know someone new, the Blackhawks have been going through a major audition period this season looking for who will be replacing Pat Foley as the new play-by-play voice of the team. It’s not going to be an easy task, and it’s been awkward to not have Foley calling as many games as he wants to in his final year behind the mic. Jeff Agrest of the Chicago Sun-Times has more on the process of replacing a legend.

•   In all honesty, because of my baby girl, most games are watched in my house with the volume so low, I can’t hear the broadcast. But from what I gather online, you all equally dislike everyone not named Pat Foley this year.

•   Here’s how the Stanley Cup Playoffs would look if the postseason started today:

•   Favorite matchup – Avalanche vs. Golden Knights. Least favorite – Predators vs. Blues, obviously.

•   Here’s something from ESPN and Emily Kaplan about positive fan interactions on the ice this season.

•   I love seeing the pregame interactions between fans and players. Gives fans a sense that their on-ice heroes are actually accessible people.

•   Anyone need help wrapping gifts?

•   I’m no better at it than these guys, so I’ll leave the judgement on their wrapping skills to you.

•   That will do it for today. Again, a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from myself and the entire Bleacher Nation crew!

•   Enjoy the holidays.

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Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.