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Blackhawks start annual circus trip with game vs Flames

The Blackhawks (10-7-1) are starting off their ten-day annual "Circus trip" tonight with a game versus the Calgary Flames.

Historically, the late November swing - nicknamed the "circus" trip becuase of the circus which sets up shop at the United Center for two weeks, forcing both the Blackhawks and Bulls out on the road - has been a bonding experience for the team, both off and on the ice. The Blackhawks have been 17-7-1 during their past four circus trips.

Calgary has been a pleasant surprise among the Western teams so far this season, going 12-6-2 (26 points) to date, which puts them third in the Pacific, ahead of both the Kings (24 points) and ...

2014 Mock Draft

It's that time of year again. My 2014 Mock Draft.

Blackhawks start lengthy western road trip in Calgary

The Blackhawks departed today on a 12-day, six-city road trip that will see them visit six of the seven Pacific conference teams before the Olympic break.

It's their annual "Disney on Ice" late January/early February western road swing, but this year, it has a little extra importance. The Olympics start less than two weeks from now, and the Blackhawks won't play in their own building again until March.

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, their play has been like a roller coaster lately - solid wins versus the Bruins and Ducks; and less-than-perfect games against teams like the Jets, Red Wings, and Minnesota.

Is it perhaps the midwinter dold...

Let the Debate Begin: Team Canada Final Edition

With the official announcement from Hockey Canada of the 25 players who will represent Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi less than twelve hours away, here is my final edition of who I think will crack the squad.

Included with my final selections, are the players who I thought would be on the team back in July when Hockey Canada announced the 47-man summer orientation camp, that are now no longer a part of my final team.

Forwards (14):

Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars, LW (new)

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, C "A"

Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks, C/LW

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, C "C"

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, C (new)

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Jarome Iginla: A Flame for Life

Jarome Iginla came back home tonight for the first time since being traded last March.

He was serenaded by Flames fans all night long including standing ovations before and after the game.

It was a night to remember for Iggy and the team he led for so long.

Where Are They Now? Chris Simon

Today we profile Chris Simon, an NHL veteran of 15 years who spent two seasons as a member of the Islanders.

Blackhawks want to keep going strong against Flames

The last Canadian team the Blackhawks (17-4-4) are facing during their circus trip are the Calgary Flames (8-11-4), who are looking for a solid win in regulation after their last three contests were decided in OT or a shootout. The first and only game these two teams have played against each other ended with the Flames prevailing in overtime.

 

The Blackhawks will be looking to keep their 3-game win streak alive while the Flames will look to start a streak themselves after winning against the Florida Panthers in the shootout last Friday...

Final Thoughts On Camp And The Sound Tigers Release 25 Man Roster

With the preseason now behind us, Isles fans everywhere can collectively breathe a sigh of relief as the moment we have all been waiting for is upon us. The Isles are on the verge of playing the first meaningful games since the heart breaking game 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last May. We have all been eager to pick up right where we left off after exceeding all expectations last season. With all of this in mind, we can only hope for the success to continue so the Islanders can take their place among the elite teams of the NHL. Although the outcome of this coming season is yet to be determined, I think I speak for Islander fans everywhere when I say this is the most confident we have been in the last 20 years.

2013-14 Flames Season Primer

In just a little less than 24-hours, the Calgary Flames will open up their first season without Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff since 2005-06. It’s the start of a new era in Calgary, as the re-build is well under way. There are no superstars or first overall picks (yet) in the line-up; so to say it could be a long year for the Flames is a fairly accurate statement.

Isles Flamed Out in Calgary, Regina & A Message To Isles Fans

Even though the Islanders dropped their first two split squad preseason games to the Calgary Flames, there was a lot to be happy about looking forward.