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Hawks shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0

The Blackhawks came into this game on a mission to get second scoring chances and to crash the net and they most certainly did.  

Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 on Tuesday in what might have been the most complete game the Hawks played this season. It was a solid team victory.

The Hawks also went with different lines than they had in the past and again Joel Quenneville demonstrated his knack of having his pulse on this team and knowing how to get the best from his players and utilizing their strenghths to spark his team. 

The game also saw the return of Kris Versteeg to the line-up. Versteeg however was not on the third line but was opposite his old b...

Hawks to face off against Flyers

The Hawks will face the Flyers for the first time this season, and the seasons couldn’t have started differently for the two teams.

 

The Flyers won their first game of the season just three days ago, finishing a dramatic comeback against the Dallas Stars in overtime thanks to captain Claude Giroux, but their record is still just 1-2-2, which has them sitting at seventh in the Metropolitan division and tied for thirteenth in th...

Hawks win 2-1 in OT against the Nashville Predators

The Blackhawks came into the game off of a frustrating overtime loss to the Calgary Flames. They had close to 50 shots on goal with only one actual goal in the game and as this game wore on it was beginning to have that same feeling as the game against Calgary. The Hawks had 37 shots against Nashville, this time though the results were much different.

Again Corey Crawford was great in the Blackhawks net and kept them in the game when the Predators were surging in the third period. Surprisingly, it was not Pekke Rinne in the Preadtors nets but a name that Blackhawks and IceHogs fans should be very familiar with Carter Hutton.  Hutton has manned many a IceHogs net and Hawks net a...

Hawks welcome Calgary to United Center

After a long weekend off, the Hawks will face the Calgary Flames at home on Wednesday.  This contest marks the return of Brandon Bollig to the United Center for the first time since he was traded in the off-season for a third round pick.

 

The Flames have been busy in the beginning of the season, playing four games in comparison to the Hawks’ two.  Tonight is their second game in a back-to-back series, as they defeated Nashville in the shootout yesterda...

Hawks open with 3-2 shoot out win over Stars

Corey Crawford, Corey Crawford, Corey Crawford, that is all you need to know about the first two periods of last nights game. For those that complain the Crawford never has any goalie wins well here is the first of the season. For 40 minutes no one will argue he was the best player on the ice for the Hawks. The ice was definitely tilted to the Hawks zone and as the Stars came out flying. It appeared they did not get the memo that the playoffs were over and the regular season had started or maybe they have something to prove. The Hawks left Dallas as coach Quenneville said after having committed robbery. There is no way the Hawks should have won that game but then again isn’t that ...

A closer look at Leddy's departure

We all knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make the parting any easier.  The Hawks finally got under the salary cap ceiling by dealing defenseman Nick Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson to the New York Islanders in exchange for prospects TJ Brennan, Ville Pokka, and the rights to goalie Anders Nilsson.  The trade helped out both teams, as it successfully gave the Hawks some cap room while helping New York upgrade their blue line, but who really won this deal?

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Blackhawks win first preseason game 2-1 in OT over Red Wings

Alright it is only preseason but it’s good to see the Hawks back on the ice where they belong. Even though pre-season games are just that there are several things that can be noted particularly since this is an audition for many of the younger players.

The Lines for the most part were Sharp-Toews-Hossa; Saad-Richards-Kane; Carey-Rasmussen-Morin & Mashinter-Danault-Bass. The Defensive pairing were Keith-Seabrook; Hjalmarsson-Dahlbeck & Rozsival-Cumisky.

Of the young forwards, Phillip Danault really stood out. He is very defensively responsible and was a faceoff monster at 67% which tied with the Captain for the highest percentage. Not too shabby. He also had two b...

Advanced Stats: An Introduction

The theme this summer in the NHL world was advanced stats, as ‘basement bloggers’ rose up and started to take their place in the big leagues.  Advocates for analytics including Darryl Metcalf (founder of ExtraSkater.com) Kyle Dubas, and Tyler Dellow, among others, have been snapped up by NHL teams as newly formed or expanded analytic departments become more valuable to teams.  As the ‘summer of analytics’ continues, it's leaving in its wake some confused and dubious fans asking themselves if corsi or fenwick, whatever they are, are actually that important.  They are, but it can ...

Chicago Blackhawks – Another season are you ready?

When we last left the hockey club that resides on Madison they were skating off the ice to an eerily quieted United Center. Their season was abruptly and rudely ended by a single bounce of the puck off of one of their own defenseman, but that is hockey.

There is no feeling sorry or crying over missed chances rather there is the opportunity to make more chances and as Bauer commercials so accurately states “Own the Moment” or moments throughout the hockey season. The season begins with some faces gone and some new faces both on the ice and behind the bench. Let’s review the off season changes.

Coaches

There were some changes to the coaching staff Jamie K...

Blackhawks end their season on OT Game 7 loss

Plenty of people thought that, like last year, the Chicago Blackhawks would push past the LA Kings in the Western Conference Finals. But 2014’s battle between the two teams would be different, from beginning to end; the Kings would manage to put the Blackhawks against the wall with a 3-1 series lead, only to see the Hawks come back and force a Game 7.

 

And they’d play hard. Both of these teams gave 100% during the 65:47 minutes they played, all the way into overtime, where Alec Martinez would put an end to the Blackhawks&r...