‘Rejuvenated’ Blackhawks ready to get going again, but when will that be?

‘Revitalized’ Hawks all set to start once again, however when? initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

After a five-day vacation break, the Blackhawks went back to practice at Fifth Third Arena on Monday sensation revitalized. The time off permitted gamers and coaches to genuinely charge their batteries, both psychologically and physically.

“It was [nice] actually,” Connor Murphy stated. “Usually we just have the two and a half, three days where you’re trying to get home quickly after a game, having a late night and then not getting as much rest, so we were able to do a little bit of both over this break, get some sleep and some rest and stay healthy, and then on top of that, see family. … Usually don’t get to see them often throughout the year, so it’s always nice to be able to do that around the holidays. It’s a special time.”

“It was nice to have some time off, but I think we’re all ready to be back,” Alex DeBrincat echoed. “The rest is very nice and almost like the start of a new season. You feel rejuvenated and have some energy back. It’s just good to get practicing again.”

The Blackhawks have some newly found energy, however it appears like they’ll need to wait a bit to funnel that in a video game setting.

Late Sunday night, the NHL revealed that Tuesday’s Blackhawks video game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets has actually been held off for COVID-related-reasons. Less than 17 hours later on, Wednesday’s video game in Winnipeg was likewise held off.

The next Blackhawks video game is presently slated for New Year’s Day in Nashville. That’s precisely 2 weeks from their last video game, which was used Dec. 18 versus Dallas.

“Obviously it sucks when games get postponed and stuff like that,” DeBrincat stated. “But hopefully we can get them all in and go from there. I think everyone just wants to be playing hockey right now and I’m sure all the fans want to be watching hockey. We’re just trying to get back to playing and being healthy and going about it like that.”

In some methods, the unpredictability everyday has actually been more annoying for the gamers than in 2015.

“I’d say it’s probably a higher frustration level,” Murphy stated. “Last year we knew what we were getting into for a longer period of time, so as much as it was hard dealing with some of the different protocols and the no fans in the bubbles, we were able to know that that was just the way it was going to be for that season. 

“This year, when you have a lot more hope having video games in a row and a quite long stretch of getting to play over 30 video games like that, the method we’re quite regular, it is annoying to return. It’s something that’s out of your control, how the COVID break outs have actually struck recently and you simply attempt to do what you can which’s remaining healthy and cleaning our hands, we’re all immunized and attempting to get the boosters.

“We’re just trying to stick with that process and really hope that it clears and goes back to normal and keep that frustration down into focusing on our game with whatever practice days we have because of missed games.”

The Blackhawks have actually now had 5 held off video games, consisting of 4 at the United Center:

  • Dec. 13 vs. Calgary

  • Dec. 21 vs. Florida

  • Dec. 23 vs. Dallas

  • Dec. 28 vs. Columbus

  • Dec. 29 @ Winnipeg

Makeup dates have yet to be developed however anticipate a bulk of them to be sprayed into February with NHL gamers not going to the Olympics any longer.

Things are relatively altering by the minute, and the Blackhawks — like every other NHL group — are simply attempting to roll with the punches.

“We’re just trying to follow what’s being told to us and staying ready and staying optimistic and positive that we’re going to be able to get back to play and be back in front of our fans and keep that going strong,” Murphy stated. “You look at situations, it could be worse, just some teams in Canada that don’t have fans and that’s a tough way to go back to, so we’re just really looking forward to a chance to get back to games and get back to trying to win and progress our game.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.