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Blackhawks head to Nashville for Round 1 - let the playoffs begin!

The Blackhawks finished out their season in a ho-hum 3-2 loss to the Avalanche. Since Colorado had already been eliminated and Chicago was already locked into third in the Central, Coach Joel Quenneville opted to rest a few of his top players in advance of next week's playoffs. So the team can be forgiven for playing less than their best, in a game that ultimately had no meaning for them.

With the regular season finished, the Blackhawks end with a record of 48-27-6 (102 points), and a +41 goal differential. Corey Crawford, who finished with a record of 32-20-5, 2.27 GAA, and .924 sv%, shares William Jennings Trophy honors with the Canadiens' Carey Price (44-16-6, 1.96 G...

Hawks close regular season in Colorado

In a season of inconsistencies and trials and tribulations, the Chicago Blackhawks are looking to close out in a fashion to prime them for what hopefully will be a long play-off run. The Hawks still do not know who their opponent will be, but can to a certain extent control that with a win in Colorado.

If the Hawks win or get at least one point their first round opponent will be guaranteed to be the Nashville Predators, If they lose they could face either the St. Louis Blues or possibly the Anaheim Ducks.

In any of these scenarios the one thing we do know is that the Hawks will start on the road which was addressed this week by coach Quenneville and the players as something th...

Hawks take on Blues for Central Division seeding

Spring is most definitely in the air and in NHL terms that means the fight for playoff spots and seeding. The Hawks and the Blues already are in the playoffs it is yet to be determined exactly where they will ultimately end up within the division and conference. Today’s tilt will go a long way in deciding just that.

To say this is a preview of what could be the Blackhawks first round is a bit premature considering the Blues will be without a couple of key forwards and where each team ends up is still undecided. The Hawks also will face the Blues again this week Thursday so plenty of things can change.

Look for it to be an intense usual Hawks/Blues match. There is no love...

Toews leads Hawks past Sabres 4-3

Oh Captain my captain, which is what the Blackhawks faithful were tweeting after the Hawks in the last minute and half of the game, were trailing 3-2 and led by captain Jonathan Toews onto a 4-3 win in regulation time. We have all seen this before where Toews wills himself and his team to victory and that was the case again on Friday in Buffalo.

Jonathan Toews scored two goals in the closing minutes to seal the deal but that is what good, no correct that, great teams do. Somehow, someway great teams find ways to snatch victory from defeat because they never want to face defeat. That pretty much sums up Jonathan Toews and the Hawks and what they are all about.

The game started ...

Blackhawks prepare to take on Vancouver

With just six games remaining and a just a single point separating the Blackhawks from the St. Louis Blues and home ice advantage, the wins have never been more important for Chicago. Thursday night’s tilt against the Canucks will be the third time the Blackhawks will have faced Vancouver this season, but they’ve dropped both previous contests this year.

 

Despite the absence of Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks have managed to keep their scoring up and had a pr...

Blackhawks dethrone the Kings to get back on track

It was a very good night for the Blackhawks, and not just on their home ice.

First, the Blackhawks won again - and did so in the assertive kind of fashion that Chicago fans have come to expect. It was playoff-level hockey against the Los Angeles Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champs who are desperate to hold on to a playoff position. Unfortunately for the Kings, not only did they lose to Chicago, but across their division, the Flames beat the Stars 5-3 for a regulation win, widening the gap that the Kings need to make up.

Secondly, the Blackhawks looked confident in this win. The lines were clicking.  T euvo Teräväinen, playing on the so-called 'fou...

Hawks waking up in Winnipeg

In just a matter of a little more than 24hrs the Blackhawks went from being the number three seed in the West to number five seed in the western conference and are now in a wild card spot. The Minnesota Wild took their third spot with a win over the Los Angeles Kings yesterday and leap frogged the idol Hawks. The Hawks can return the favor tonight in Winnipeg with a win in regulation.

The Hawks find themselves now only four points ahead of these Winnipeg Jets in the wild card spots as well. The Hawks do have games in hand over both Minnesota and Winnipeg, but what should be a wakeup call to the Hawks is not the points or the standings and where they find themselves but their play as...

Crawford steals two points for Blackhawks against Hurricanes

Corey Crawford stole a game for the Chicago Blackhawks that they had no business winning, making 43 stops in a 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. Andrew Shaw scored twice and Patrick Sharp also added a goal as the Hawks moved to within two points of the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues in the Central Division.

 

Carolina, well out of the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, looked every bit like the team in ‘rebuilding’ mode in the first...

Hawks to face Dallas Stars

The Hawks head out for a four game road trip. Their first stop will be in big D for a Saturday night showdown with the Stars. The Dallas Stars are all but out of the playoff hunt but are mathematically still in it. The points definitely mean more for the Blackhawks who have the St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators in their sights.

The Hawks only trail the division leading Blues by four points and trail the Predators by two points with a game in hand so the Blackhawks have plenty of incentive to garner more points. The Hawks have been on a tare lately with a 8-1-1 record in the last ten games.

At Hawks practice today coach Quenneville said Corey Crawford will be back in the ...

Blackhawks wash away Islanders; head to NYC to face Rangers

The Blackhawks are 5-0-1 in March (8-1-1 in their past ten) and have outscored opponents 19-8 in the past six games.

Patrick Kane who?

Corey Crawford has gone .961 sv% in March. The top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp is suddenly on fire. The power play is scoring, the penalty kill has been doing its thing.

The switch, as they say, has been flipped.

Chicago didn't steamroll the Islanders, but they played a very solid game against one of the best teams in the East. Jaroslav Halak and Nick Leddy were out for the Isles due to injuries. Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa scored two goals apiece.

Andrew Shaw left t...