This game definitely falls within the category of trap game facing the worse team in the entire NHL the Hawks will be putting to the test the new found energy and jump provided by the trade deadline acquisitions.
To add insult literally to injury the Oilers are banged up and missing many of their key pieces both in goal and their big scoring threat Taylor Hall which makes them appear easy prey. The Hawks will need to guard against complacency in this game for sure and continue to try to gather as many points as possible.
It also does not help the Hawks that they have had an unusually long break from action this week and may need to shake off some rust themselves.
Heading into tonight's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes (24-30-7/55 pts/8th in Eastern wild card race), the Blackhawks (37-21-5/3rd in Central) are suddenly bolstered by a lot of new arrivals - and one familiar face sent out of town.
In trades leading up to today's trade deadline, the Blackhawks acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Flyers, center Antoine Vermette from the Coyotes, and forward Andrew Desjardins from the Sharks. The Blackhawks sent defense prospect Klas Dahlbeck to Arizona, and Ben Smith to San Jose, and picks to all three teams they traded with.
Ben Smith was popular in the locker room and respected among the fans. He played a...
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...
On the bright side, the Chicago Blackhawks won the final game of their eight-game homestand versus the Florida Panthers, and took two much-needed points. The bad news is much worse.
Just 7:49 into the first period, Alex Petrovic cross-checked Patrick Kane near the boards, and Kane left the ice in obvious pain, retreating immediately to the team locker room. He did not return to the game after sustaining an "upper body injury".
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring for Chicago with a power play goal midway through the first. It would take until late in the second for the Blackhawks to stretch the lead to 2-0 on a Kris Versteeg goal.
There it is, Blackhawks’ fans- the wakeup call that Chicago has needed for a while now has finally arrived.
Sunday’s game wasn’t so much a contest as it was a clinic by the Bruins, who pounded the Blackhawks 6-2 in a game where the Hawks just couldn’t seem to catch a break. Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots, while Tuukka Rask finished the game with a .929 sv%.
It seems really odd to type that both the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are coming into this game struggling. Boston is struggling a bit more and on the offensive side of the puck as they are currently ranked 22nd in the league and have had a hard time finding the back of nets. Now with David Krejci out this will not help the Bruins scoring cause.
The Hawks in the meantime have had their own issues, with too many turnovers in their own end and lack of net front presence and production from their bottom lines to balance a scoring attack. Captain Jonathan Toews in his post game presser called his team out for lack of emotions and being unprepared. It will be interesti...
In their fourth meeting of the season, the Hawks will look to clinch a win and garner up some more valuable points against the Avalanche. In their previous three meetings, the Hawks won two games and lost one however, their wins did not have Semyon Varlamov in net.
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 ...
After coming from the All-Star break looking less than their best, the Blackhawks are looking more like their usual selves heading into Wednesday’s matchup agains the Red Wings. With points in their last six games, the Blackhawks are looking to keep a two-game win streak going against Detroit, who are winless in their last three games.
The Blackhawks have a lot of things going their way. The return of Kris Versteeg to the lineup has bolstered the forward depth,...
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.