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Where Do The Islanders Fit In The Metro Division?

The New York Islanders appear to be more or less set for the start of training camp, and their roster will almost look identical to last year’s Islanders squad that began the 2014-2015 season. With some of their division rivals having made some big changes this off-season, it’s hard to predict where the Islanders will finish in the Metropolitan Division this upcoming year.

The Isles signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract to back up Jaroslav Halak. Aside from signing prospect Kirill Petrov to a one-year deal (hey, remember him?), the Islanders were quiet on the free agent front.

Hawks harpoon the Sharks 6-2

The Hawks and the Sharks faced off in a matinee tilt with both teams coming in needing points in the competitive Western Conference but for different reasons. The Hawks wanted to gain points looking to possibly stay within striking distance of the division lead and keeping those in the rear view mirror way far behind in the mirror. The Sharks are outside the playoffs and needed the points more than the Hawks but perhaps they are the team with the internal turmoil in the organization with cross words between management and Joe Thornton being waged in the media.

The Hawks also continued on the Fathers trip and maybe they want to keep the dads for a while, because this game was exactly...

Hawks shut out Panthers; face Lightning tonight

In their first game back without Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks played one of their best games of the season in first game of a back-to-back series. Corey Crawford got his first shutout of 2015 in a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers.

 

Teuvo Teravainen scored in his first contest back with the club after being recalled to replace Kane when he was placed on LTIR. Just over three minutes into the game, Teravainen dangled in close and let loose a shot that found it&r...

Blackhawks lose to Red Wings 3-2 in shootout

On Wednesday night, we got a reminder of what we as hockey fans lost when the league restructured into the current two conference, four division format: a prime rivalry between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

The Blackhawks started the game with the kind of powerhouse posession and shooting that has defined much of their season, outshooting the Red Wings 17-6. They would end the game 34-38 SOG, but the Blackhawks also led by a wide margin of attempted shots on goal - 23 attempts blocked and 17 missed shots, versus 20 AB and 6 MS for Detroit. The Blackhawks led on the faceoff dot, also, at 54%.

Amazingly, after Chicago's prolonged presure and action ...

Hawks best Penguins in shootout

Two of the league’s premiere teams faced off in a Sunday matinee when the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled into town to take on the Chicago Blackhawks. Two clubs typically known for their offensive firepower, the game was defensive and chippy, with several non-calls as the refs let the players go at it. The fans at the United Center got to see 65 minutes of hockey along with a dazzling shootout, and in the end watched their hometown Hawks win a 2-1 victory against the Penguins.

 

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Hawks stage late comeback, fall to Canucks in OT

Marian Hossa continued to dominate for the Blackhawks, but once again, the Hawks were bested in extra time as they dropped a 5-4 OT decision to Vancouver on Wednesday night. Hossa scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 54 seconds remaining, but it was Eddie Lack who would emerge victorious with 37 saves on 41 shots.

 

It was Chicago who would get on the board first with a goal by Patrick Kane. Kane stripped the puck from Canucks’ defenseman Lucas Sbisa ...

Blackhawks fall to Coyotes in shootout

After two back-to-back road wins, the Blackhawks returned to the United Center for the first game of an eight-night homestand against the Arizona Coyotes. Marian Hossa scored twice, but it wasn’t enough to best the visitors, and the Blackhawks dropped a 3-2 shootout loss in a wild finish.

 

Hossa got the Hawks on the board first as he continued his dominant play from the game prior. The entire first line contributed, with Brandon Saad going in hard on the foreche...

Hawks get huge 2-1 OT win over Jets; Hawks-Blues preview

Ah everything is right in the Blackhawks world, well almost everything. There is still a long ways to go but, this game was huge for a several reasons.

The St. Louis Blues lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, which meant the Hawks could pick up some ground and pick up ground they did. At the same time they distanced themselves from these same Winnipeg Jets, who were just three points behind the Hawks coming in. The Hawks gained a valuable point on them and have games in hand on Winnipeg that looms larger and larger as the season goes on. 

Coming into the game both teams were struggling. The Jets had lost five in a row prior to this game and the Blackhawks were coming in off...

Hawks face Wild looking for Quenneville's 300th win as Blackhawk

After a convincing defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, the Hawks head to Minnesota to face off against the Wild tonight. In the middle of an already grueling six-game road trip, the Hawks now being a three-game swing against three Central Division opponents, all looking for a place in the playoffs in the tightest division in the NHL right now.

 

The Blackhawks, still plagued by inconsistency, will be looking for their stars t...

Blackhawks seek to break mid-season slump after loss to Stars

The Blackhawks hosted the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Sunday night, and it was a bad game. After the game, head coach Joel Quenneville called it a "carbon copy" of the loss to the Jets on Friday night.

Based on the score sheet, you can see how things went. Chicago outshot Dallas 41-34 (77-53 if you include blocked shots and missed shots), went 48% of the dot, but ultimately trailed 6-3. The Stars made it 2-0 by the 11-minute mark of the period on Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin goals - and the second goal was short-handed. While Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (PPG) would even things up 2-2 for the home team, Vernon Fiddler would give the lead 3-2 back to the Stars...