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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner on mental health and competition with Corey Crawford; reaction to Henri Jokiharju trade

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner on mental health and competition with Corey Crawford; reaction to Henri Jokiharju trade

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Robin Lehner joins the show to talk about mental health, the goaltending competition with Corey Crawford, his potential workload with the Blackhawks and much more.

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis then react to the Lehner interview, discuss how the starts could be divided between Crawford and Lehner, react to the Henri Jokiharju-Alex Nylander trade and project the defensemen pairings.

0:40 - Robin Lehner joins the show

0:55 - Lehner in Chicago, what has the last week been like?

2:00 - Did going through treatment help Robin deal with uncertainty of free agency?

4:30 - Did Lehner discuss with Blackhawks their medical staff and support system for Robin to use going forward?

7:00 - Changing the stigma of bipolar disorder

10:15 - Has he talked to Corey Crawford?

10:40 - Summer training regimen

11:15 - How are you approaching your role this season?

12:55 - Did you discuss workload with Colliton?

14:30 - New mask design

16:00 - React to Lehner interview

17:25 - Sharing Lehner's story

19:35 - Goalie workload

22:00 - Does top goalie performer get extension?

23:30 - Will Crawford play beyond this season?

24:53 - Reaction to Jokiharju trade

27:00 - Scouting Nylander

34:00 - Projected defensemen pairings

36:18 - Blackhawks sign Kirby Dach

38:20 - Blackhawks biggest boom or bust team?

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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How to watch Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

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How to watch Blackhawks vs. Hurricanes: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

The Blackhawks host the Carolina Hurricanes in the second fame of a three-game homestand. The Blackhawks have been playing well as of late thanks to a schematic change made by head coach Jeremy Colliton.

And the Hawks are making a push up the standings in the process.

On Tuesday night, Patrick Kane will also look to celebrate his birthday in style by continuing his hot streak, which has been a vital part of the Hawks success this season.

Here's how you can watch and stream the game:

Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 7:30 p.m. CST
Location: United Center | Chicago, Ill.
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Stream: MyTeams

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SportsTalk Live: 6:00 p.m. CST
Blackhawks Pregame: 7:00 p.m. CST
Blackhawks Postgame Live: 10:00 p.m. CST*

* - Immediately following conclusion of the game

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After facing early adversity, Blackhawks starting to believe they could be 'a dangerous team'

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After facing early adversity, Blackhawks starting to believe they could be 'a dangerous team'

NASHVILLE — The Blackhawks were optimistic about their group going into the 2019-20 season because it was an offseason centered around changing the makeup of the roster. They were also on a 100-point pace from January-on to close out the 2018-19 campaign, and getting a full training camp under head coach Jeremy Colliton to build on that was supposed to pay off from the start of the season.

But after opening this season with a 3-6-2 record, the Blackhawks started to question themselves. They didn't have an identity and found themselves caught in the middle of wanting to be an offensive team but also stressing a defense-first mentality after they gave up the second-most goals last season.

Since making a schematic change on Nov. 7, the Blackhawks have earned nine out of a possible 10 points in their last five games and have scored 24 goals over that span for a goals-per-game average of 4.80. They had scored 33 goals total in the previous 14 games for an average of 2.36 per game.

The Blackhawks are starting to look like the hockey team Chicago was hoping they'd be this season, and the internal confidence is growing also.

"We got through a difficult time and being in the beginning of the year, it's magnified," Colliton said following a 7-2 win over the Predators on Saturday night. "If we would've went through that stretch in January, with 40 good games before, then maybe it's not as big of a deal. But when you come out of the gates like that, you put the team under pressure, everyone's under pressure. Happy that we were able to come out of it and stick together.

"Now there's definitely some belief that we're a dangerous team and we're going to be difficult to beat."

The first month of the season was difficult on everyone. The players, the coaches, the management group. Something needed to change, or the results wouldn't.

The Blackhawks are relieved that not only did they prevent things from spiraling out of control, but they're coming together as a team and stringing together wins. 

"It's more like urgency to get going in the right direction," Colliton said on whether he personally felt pressure after their slow start. "We like our team, we like our players, just wasn't working. So as a coach and our staff and the players too, we have a responsibility to turn over every rock. It doesn't mean going back and forth and zigzagging with what we want to do, but I think the guys have really done a good job of responding to adversity, and now we're on a run."

Having gone through the adversity this early in the season, the Blackhawks will be better for it in the long run knowing they can overcome whatever challenges are thrown at them along the way, as long as they continue playing the right way. Because if they do, the Blackhawks will give themselves a chance to win on a nightly basis, especially with the offense being unleashed and Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner serving as the last line of defense.

"We've had a great team, but we just had a little rough start at the beginning," Alex Nylander said. "We're coming together now and we're creating chances and we're shooting the puck more, so we've been doing a really good job the past couple games and we just need to keep going like this."

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