In just a few hours, the "feathered faithful" will fill the United Center to capacity, and the rafters will hopefully thunder to the chorus of "Chelsea Dagger", the Blackhawks' signature goal song.
There is no banner to raise to their own rafters this year, but the Blackhawks want to have a good home opener after ruining LA and Phoenix's.
Chicago will be kicking off their home games against one of their fiercest rivals, the St. Louis Blues. The Blues will be rolling into town on the back end of a road back-to-back after dispatching the Nashville Predators in a shootout on Monday night, 4-3. Prior to visiting Nashville, the Blue...
Two nights, two wins, two banner-raising nights deflated, in two road games to open the season.
Not a bad start for Chicago. The Blackhawks haven't started a season 2-0-0 since 1996.
The men of four feathers rolled into Phoenix on Sunday after a decisive 5-2 win at LA, and looked to -- if not avenge last spring's playoffs, at least make up for them.
Last April, the PHX-CHI series was one of the tightest in recent Cup history. The first five games all went to overtime before the Coyotes blew the Hawks out of a deeper Cup run with a 4-0 win on Chicago ice. At the United Center for game 3, Coyote Raffi Torres took out Marian Hossa with an ugly headsho...
Cup hangover for the Kings? No - the time spent in the lockout eliminated that possibility for the Kings.
So perhaps it was simply the huge anticipation and emotional output that a team faces, raising a Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.
Two years ago, the Chicago Blackhawks stood in the Kings' shoes - except for the Blackhawks, the emotion of the moment was all the more poignant due to massive summer roster turnover. The Kings had almost none, beyond a player being traded this past week, and one of their assistant coaches who is now standing behind the bench for their Opening Night opponents.
The Hawks have been there, and were able to channel that kn...
As the season is about to begin, the TCL team of Blackhawks writers give their predictions for the abbreviated (2012-) 2013 season. (Writers are listed alphabetically.)
CHERYL ADAMS (@HockeyBroad)
Central division will finish: 1) Blues, 2) Blackhawks, 3) Nashville, 4) Detroit, 5) Columbus
This is going to be an interesting year in the Central. The Blues have proven persistent and should look to repeat from last year. It's a tough call between the Preds and the Red Wins, but the Preds are hungrier for the Cup and will look to prove themselves after finally breaking into the second round. It's a rebuilding year for the Wings after losing their ...
The Staples Center will be packed tomorrow with fans eagerly awaiting the return of their Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings. Celebrations are scheduled to begin long before the start of the banner raising ceremony at 3pm ET (2pm CT), officially sealing off the Kings’ 2011-2012 victory year, and announcing the hunt for a new champion.
For Chicago Blackhawks, the spectacle will be all too familiar, it being only two years...
The CBA has been hammered out, the MOUs have been signed, and teams across the NHL welcome fans back into their buildings starting on Sunday as training camps open for the league.
It's long overdue for a lockout that should not have happened to begin with. While the fans eagerly flock back - as the league knew they would - they should not be taken for granted.
In Chicago, a number of Blackhawks supplemented by players like Mike Brown (TOR), Al Montoya (WPG), Ben Eager (EDM), and Troy Brouwer (WSH) have been skating at least three times a week since the lockout began. Kenny McCudden, skating and skills coach for the Chicago Wolves (AHL), has worked with the players at least...
2012 first round Blackhawk draft selection Teuvo Teravainen is back from a month long hiatus due to a broken finger. His team Jokerit is probably very happy to have back in the line up. Unfortunately for the rest of the teams in the Finnish League SM-Liiga he has come back with a fury while leading his team Jokerit up the league standings.
What has Teuvo been up to? Well since he has come back here is a list:
11/20/12 - he had one assist in 4-3 win over Karpat.
11/22/12 - he tallied one goal and one assist to lead his team past Lock in a decisive 4-0 win.
11/24/12 - he had one goal in a 5-1 defeat to JYP.
Despite receiving the cold shoulder from top NHL free agents forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, like several other rejected general managers, is optimistic he can continue to improve the Chicago Blackhawks in other ways.
Although this summer's pool of free agent talent is somewhat shallow by typical standards, there are still quite a few players available, whether as free agents or on the trading block, who could potentially fill a few of Chicago's needs within the lineup.
With the signing of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in Minnesota and defenseman Matt Carle, many teams have been forced to move on to their "P...
According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, unrestricted free agent Zach Parise has returned to his native Minnesota and has not yet made a decision on where he will sign.
It had been assumed that Parise's decision had been made when it was announced that he would meet with reporters on Monday afternoon. Parise merely told reporters that a decision had not been made and that he would not put a deadline on when he would choose.
The teams rumored to be in the running for Parise are the New Jersey Devils, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings, and his hometown Minnesota Wild.
In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.