5 Best Chicago Blackhawks Players of November

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The 5 Best Chicago Blackhawks Players of November

The 5 Best Chicago Blackhawks Players of November
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It may have been a week since the end of November, but the Chicago Blackhawks went 12-2-1 during the long month, and that included a 6-1 Circus Road Trip. That record allowed the Blackhawks to jump to first place in the Western Conference and the Central Division. While they've struggled since then, November may have been vital to the Hawks' hopes of repeating as Stanley Cup champions.

Indeed, going on long road trips helps the players gel better as a unit. Because they spend more time together on the road than in Chicago, they can become a more cohesive unit.

But in this article, we'll be looking at the individual role players who made names for themselves, or the superstars who dominated the ice. We'll be ranking them based on how well they played and their contributions to the team, as well as their stats and figures. There will also be considerations based on how vital they were to the team's victories.

But also just an excuse to glow about how awesome these players are -- just kidding! But seriously, these guys deserve plenty of credit for how they've helped the team down the stretch and will without a doubt be vital once the playoffs come around.

Still, without these players, the Blackhawks might not have had the month they had. They'll always be a cohesive unit whose players are all part of one big machine, but it's the individual performances that make the team what it is. So here you have it: The top players for the Chicago Blackhawks in November 2013! Let's get started.

Paul Chancey is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ChanceyPaul and add him to your network at Google+.

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5. Corey Crawford

5. Corey Crawford
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Sure, he gave up some goals, but Corey Crawford was vital to the Blackhawks' Circus Trip and late comebacks against the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars. His performance in the shoot out win against the Stars speaks for itself.

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4. Ben Smith

4. Ben Smith
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Ben Smith is mainly a role player, but his play during November showed why he's not only a good role player, he's a dark horse on the team. He also scored the winner in the shoot-out victory over the Stars.

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3. Patrick Sharp

3. Patrick Sharp
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Patrick Sharp was named the NHL's Third Star of the week ending Nov. 11. While that was nearly a month ago, his play has sharpened (excuse the lame pun) and he's scored in games against the Stars, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers and a comeback victory against the Calgary Flames.

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2. Duncan Keith

2. Duncan Keith
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All Duncan Keith did was solidify his standing as one of the NHL's top defensemen and is making a case for his second Norris Trophy for his contributions, which included a pair of amazing saves against Alex Burrows. He was also named the NHL's third star of the week for the final week of November.

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1. Patrick Kane

1. Patrick Kane
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All Patrick Kane did was score nine goals, four of which were game-winners, with a total of 19 points with a 12-game points streak while helping the Blackhawks to their six-game winning streak during the Circus Trip. To top it off, he was named the No. 1 star for the month of November for the entire NHL. Not bad, don't you say?

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