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Blackhawks wanting to wipe the slate clean in return to Nashville

 

On Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks (24-7-5) are visiting one of their division rivals, the Nashville Predators (16-14-13), a team that currently sits 11th in the Western Conference and 18th league wide. The Blackhawks themselves are leading the league in points, followed closely by the Anaheim Ducks.

 

The Blackhawks have faced the Predators once in the season, a 7-2 blowout loss for Chicago exactly a month ago. They will want to put on a better show than ...

Hawks trounced 7-2 by Maple Leafs look ahead to LA Kings

In an absolutely dreadful game for the Hawks nothing seemed to go right except for Patrick Kane. Every team has a stinker and the Hawks are no different from any other NHL team and this game they can chalk up to just one of those nights.

From the very start of the game, the Hawks took too many penalties as special teams were the order in the first period. Peter Holland scored on the power play for the Maple Leafs as they went 1-3 on the power play.

The Hawks got a five on three power play when Patrick Kane got the benefit of a deflection off of Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf past Jonathan Bernier to tie everything up at 1-1 and the period ended.

The second period saw th...

High-flying Blackhawks prepare to face the struggling Maple Leafs

The last time the Blackhawks (23-6-5) saw the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-14-3), they were welcoming Dave Bolland's new team to the United Center.

Unfortunately, due to an injury sustained in a game in Vancouver on November 2nd, Bolland will not be in the lineup this Saturday night. The Leafs are without two of their top centers, because Tyler Bozak is also on IR due to an oblique injury.

The Maple Leafs have been struggling as of late. Early in the season, Toronto had a solid spot in the playoff rankings. They have gone 5-3-2 in their past ten games, and have slipped to second place in the Eastern wild card standings, 3 points ahead of Ottawa.

Toronto is ...

13 Hawks earn points in dominant victory over Flyers

Philadelphia came to Chicago tonight looking for a game against one of the league’s top teams to use as a measuring stick for their own success.  After an embarrassing 7-2 thumping by the Hawks, they may want to reconsider that statement.  13 Blackhawk players would finish the game with at least a point, and Antti Raanta finished with a .933 SV%, proving yet again that he is a very capable goaltender.  Ray Emery, who started against his former team, would allow six goals on 18 shots.

The game got off to a rough start right away, when Sheldon Brookbank and Wayne Simmonds dropped the glove a...

Blackhawks dominate Stars 6-2; head home to face Flyers

Trips to Dallas aren't quite automatic two points for the Blackhawks yet, but they're certainly playing well in the Stars' home barn.

Tonight's game was about scoring early and often for Chicago, starting with Michael Kostka scoring on his first shot of the game in his first game back after injury.

Patrick Kane would have a breakaway goal ten minutes later to make it 2-0; Brandon Saad would stretch the lead to 3-0 early in the second period.

Patrick Sharp would then score two goals within three minutes in the middle of the second - one on the power play, one even strength - to stretch the lead to 5-0 for the Blackhawks.

The Stars...

Blackhawks and Stars meet up again

The Blackhawks (21-6-5) are on the road again, traveling to Dallas for their 4th match-up of the regular season against the Stars (14-9-5). It’s the first game of a back-to-back that will see the Blackhawks play at home against the Flyers on Wednesday.

The Blackhawks beat the Florida Panthers 6-2 on Sunday, earning a W after 3 consecutive losses, while the Stars beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Both teams have gained confidence with their most recent win.

 

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Hawks special teams shine in win against Panthers

The Blackhawks were dominant in a 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers, scoring 3 of their 5 goals on the power play and staying perfect on the penalty kill.  The win was tainted by an injury to starting netminder Corey Crawford, who lasted only 13:45 in the first period before being replaced by Antti Rannta.  Raanta was solid, making 28 saves and allowing only two goals.

The Hawks came out jumping in the first, and needed only 70 seconds to take the lead.  After a bad penalty by former Hawk Tomas Kopecky for high-sticking Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp blasted a high shot from the point on the ensuing power play past goalie Scott Clemmensen, who was screened on th...

Hawks fall in shootout 3-2 to Duck

In their first meeting of the year that had two of the best teams in the Western Conference squaring off round one went to the Anaheim Ducks in a very closely contested game. Even though the Hawks lost the game they did pick up a point and somehow it seems were lucky to skate away with the point. The Hawks never led in the game and were always playing catch up again.

The Ducks scoring was by their big stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.  The Perry goal was scored early in the first period even strength and the Getzlaf goal was a power play goal in the second period.

The Hawks immediately answered the Perry goal when less than one minute later Ben Smith beat Duck’s g...

Blackhawks fall to Wild 4-3; head home to face the Ducks

For the first time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks took two losses in a row.

The Blackhawks gave up one goal to the Wild early in the first, an even-strength goal for Matt Cooke, 4:23 into the game. It would take until late in the second period for Minnesota to grab another goal, this one a power play goal by Zach Parise to make it 2-0.

Chicago was getting outshot and outworked for most of the first and second periods. The Blackhawks had just 7 shots through 27 minutes. They looked more like a team coming off a two-week road trip than a team that had a day off yesterday.

Jeremy Morin would get the Blackhawks on the board with just 17 seconds remaining ...

The Pirri Predicament: Does he stay or go?

 

The Situation:

Ever since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the role of second line center has been a well-documented void that needs to be filled.  Patrick Sharp, who filled the role during the run, was moved to wing in 2011, and since then the Hawks have had a parade of centers attempting to fill the role, including  Marcus Kruger, Dave Bolland, and Patrick Kane.  While Michael Handzus seems to be the semi-permanent solution for now, the question remains if he will be able to keep up his strong play as age and injuri...