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This is your Morning Loop for December 28, 2016:
Blackhawks Continue to Struggle Versus the Jets
The Blackhawks entered their Tuesday night bout with the Winnipeg Jets having dropped the first two match-ups with their Central Division rivals from the north. The Hawks’ didn’t have much better luck last night as they fell 3-1 to the Jets at the United Center.
The Blackhawks would draw to within one in the second period on the strength of a goal by Hawks’ forward Artem Anisimov, who recorded his 15th goal of the 2016-2017 season. That would be it for the Blackhawks in the scoring department on Tuesday night. The Jets added one more goal early in the third period when former Blackhawks Marko Dano extended the Jets lead to 3-1.
Corey Crawford stopped 33 of 36 shots faced on the evening, but the Blackhawks couldn’t muster up the offense to match his effort. The Blackhawks now sit just one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference standings, with Minnesota having three games in hand.
The Blackhawks (22-10-5) will head to Nashville to take on the Nashville Predators (15-13-6) on Thursday night as part of a back-to-back set of games with the Predators and the Hurricanes. Puck-drop is at 7:30 PM (CT) and you can catch the action on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WGN-720AM (Radio).
Bulls Back in Action on Wednesday versus the Brooklyn Nets
The Bulls (15-16) will host the Brooklyn Nets (8-22) on Wednesday evening at the United Center.
The Bulls thrashed the Nets 118-88 in the two teams only meeting of the season on Halloween at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Jimmy Butler led the way with 22 points, and Taj Gibson added 11 points as the Bulls cruised past the Nets.
The Bulls enter tonight’s game coming off of a victory over the Indiana Pacers that snapped a three game losing streak on Monday night at the United Center. Nikola Mirotic scored a season high 20 points on Monday night, and will look to build upon his recent success moving forward.
Tip-off is at 7:00 PM (CT) and you can follow the action on CSN-Chicago (TV) and WLS-890AM (Radio).
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