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Hawks tuning up against the Blues

 

With the NHL playoffs only three weeks away every team still in contention are looking to secure points but more importantly, they are also looking to see how they measure up against good teams. The Blackhawks don’t need to look any further than their own Central Division for these measuring sticks. The St. Louis Blues are currently not only in first in the division but they are also conference leaders and league leaders.

If the Blackhawks want a test they will get a good one Tuesday night at the United Center when they square off against the NHL leading Blues. This game is what hockey is all about. The Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues have been battling since 1...

Perron Provides Blues An Offensive Spark

 

David Perron is finally hitting his stride, it would seem, after the numbers he posted this past week. The Blues winger has posted 6 goals and two assists in his last five games and has garnered enough attention from the league to be named the 3rd star of the week just a couple days ago.

 

The only fault that was being knocked around about Perron when we was coming into the league was his size, he was too little. However, up too now, since coming back back from a concussion that put his short NHL career on hold for over a year, he has played a very big...

Blues Looking to Improve on Road Record for Second Half

 

More important than the return of Alex Steen and Andy MacDonald, more important than the impressive play of their two goalies, more important than the extra long break they got after the All Star Break, nothing is more key to the Blues keeping pace atop the Western Conference standings than improving their road record. The Checking Line's Taylor Giffin takes a look at the road woes that St. Louis has had and if the second half presents an opportunity for change.

 

Coming out of the All Star Break holding down one of their best positions in the Wes...

Blackhawks look to continue roll against Predators

 

The Blackhawks are coming off of a hot night in cold, blustery snowstorm in Chicago. They are looking to continue their hot streak and stay ahead of tough Central divisional opponent Nashville.  The Central Division of the Western Conference is turning out to be an absolute dog fight amongst the teams in the best division in hockey right now.

Currently the Chicago Blackhawks sit atop the Central division and Western conference with a 29-13-6 record and a league leading 64 points. The Blackhawks are coming in off of a three game win streak and an emotional reunion game Friday with the Florida Panthers. It is important they come away with points in this one as they a...

Detroit's Next 12 Games Present Golden Opportunity

The Red Wings currently sit 3 points behind division and conference leader Chicago with two games in hand,1 point behind St. Louis with equal games played and 3 points ahead of Nashville. They are trying to improve on a middling road record (11-13-0) while maintaining a league best home record (17-2-1). It is highly unlikely any of the top 4 teams in the Central will stop challenging for the division title barring a rash of injuries.

Detroit's performance over the next 12 games has the potential to help them overtake their division rivals, give them a small cushion in the standings, gain ground in the fight for home advantage throughout the playoffs and reestablish their road ga...

It ISN’T always sunny in Philadelphia – Hawks lose 5-4 to Flyers

 

I knew this game would be emotional for the Blackhawks going back to Philadelphia where they won the Stanley Cup. I’m not sure if it was seeing the sea of orange jerseys or having my blood rise at the sight of Scott Hartnell but I was ready for a thrilling game between two teams and it did not disappoint. While these teams’ rosters have changed significantly and despite the fact they do not face each other often, there would be deep emotions running between them.

Both teams heading into this game were coming off of disappointing losses. The Blackhawks were looking for a win to keep pace in the Western Conference where they now reside in second behind their o...

Three Out Of Four Ain't Bad- Islanders/Blackhawks Pregame

The New York Islanders haven’t had many important December games recently.

That changes tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wings and Jets to Swap Divisions?

For some reason, there was an explosion of NHL realignment talk and it was all concerning the Winnipeg Jets (obviously) and the Detroit Red Wings. 

Bob McKenzie of TSN has said that Detroit has first dibs to move to the Eastern Conference, with Winnipeg moving West:

"More and more NHL governors convinced Detroit will be moving to Southeast Division in Eastern Conference when realignment done in early December. If Detroit goes to SE (East), it's plausible and possible ...