Amid potential goalie controversies and whispers of a possible case of mumps, the Blackhawks managed to pull out a win against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. After a three period outburst in the second from Chicago, the Wild came back to tie it in the third before a late power play goal by Patrick Kane gave the Hawks the lead for the rest of the game. Antti Raanta, who made his second straight start, made 26 saves in the victory.
The Hawks came in looking to rebound off of their loss in New York vs the Islander and bounce back they did. Most importantly they worked hard to beat a very hard working team and can take pride in their efforts and skate away with a solid team win.
Coming in the Hawks had to play within less than 24 hrs to a rested Calgary Flames team but somehow the Hawks were able to muster up the energy to put together a win.
The game also so Tim Erixon make his debut in a Blackhawks jersey and played on the third defensive pairing with Rozsival. Erixon had a solid game for his first and looked pretty comfortable on the backend. Welcome to Chicago and good luck with the Hawks.
The Blackhawks (20-8-1) will face a familiar friend when they face off against the NY Islanders (19-10-0) for the first time this season on Saturday night: defenseman Nick Leddy, who was traded to the NYI earlier this year.
Leddy was drafted by the Wild, and was traded to the Blackhawks, where he played 258 games and with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2013. Leddy has 5 goals, 9 assists in 29 games this season, and seems to be doing well for the Islanders, playing on the top defensive pairing, and averaging several more minutes per game than he did with Chicago. It will be Leddy's first game against his former team.
Chicago will probably be without their captain,...
Wednesday is one of those highly important Central division showdown games: second-place St. Louis (16-6-2) visits third-place Chicago (15-8-1). The two teams last faced each other on October 25th at the Scottrade Center.
The Blues have been very good on the road, going 7-3-1 thus far this season. Here's the quirk: they're managing a measly 2.18 G/G on the road, versus 3.00 G/G at home. It's worth keeping an eye on young Vladmir Tarasenko of the Blues, who's evolving into a dynamic scorer (14G, 12A in 24 games) and a possession leader on a team that hasn't historically been known for its offensive punch.
The Chicago Blackhawks (11-7-1) continue their circus trip with a game at the Oilers tonight in Edmonton.
This season, the Oilers are languishing at the bottom of the Pacific division with a 6-11-2 record. They're having problems scoring, and more importantly, they're having problems keeping the other teams' goals out of their net: they have 3.37 GAA versus 2.53 G/G. Their power play is more like a power pffft and their penalty kill is below 80%. The Oilers have won just 2 of 10 games they've played to date in November, and they're hungry for a win - or even just points. Edmonton is 0-9-1 versus the Western Conference so far this season.
The last time that the Blackhawks and the Stars played, it was opening night in Dallas - a 3-2 shootout win for Chicago on October 9th.
It was also one of the rare games where the opponent outshot the Blackhawks this season.
Both teams currently sit just outside the wild card cutoff, with Chicago (19) a few points ahead of the Stars (16) in the surprising Central Division. We'll say surprising mostly for two reasons: 1) even with Pekka Rinne's healthy return and a new coach behind the bench, nobody expected Nashville to be doing this well so early in the season; and 2) nobody expected Winnipeg to be sitting at 3rd in the Central, ahead of Chicago, Dallas, and...
The Blackhawks came into this game on a mission to get second scoring chances and to crash the net and they most certainly did.
Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Tuesday in what might have been the most complete game the Hawks played this season. It was a solid team victory.
The Hawks also went with different lines than they had in the past and again Joel Quenneville demonstrated his knack of having his pulse on this team and knowing how to get the best from his players and utilizing their strenghths to spark his team.
The game also saw the return of Kris Versteeg to the line-up. Versteeg however was not on the third line but was opposite his old b...
In their last meeting of the regular season, both the Blackhawks and Avalanche came out flying.
Duncan Keith had the first penalty of the game, a roughing call in front of the Blackhawks' net. The Avalanche put plenty of pressure in Chicago's end, but despite a handful of shots, the closest they got was a goalpost.
Brad Malone put the Avalanche on the board first with 1:36 left in the first, with a sharp-angle shot. Matt Duchene would stretch the lead to 2-0 just 19 seconds into the second period.
Patrick Kane would get the Blackhawks on the board after dancing through the Colorado zone and flipping the puck over Varlamov's shoulder to make it ...
The Hawks continued a disturbing trend of taking games to OT and not being able to collect the extra point as they fell to the Calgary Flames in overtime to kick off a 6-game road trip. Both starting goalies were pulled as the points racked up, but the Flames would ultimately emerge victorious as the Hawks dropped their fourth game in a row.
The Flames would get on the board early with a backhan...