There is nothing better than perfection and that is exactly what Antti Raanta and the Blackhawks were when they faced a very tough physical LA Kings team. Much has been said about the Kings’ back up netminder Martin Jones who was excellent as well but on this night it was Raanta that was perfect.
The game had all the feel of a playoff game with hard hitting and very close gaps and tight checking which, are staples of playoff games. This type of game should benefit the Kings, but it was the defending Stanley Cup champs that out LAed LA. It proved once again the Blackhawks can play any way you want them to.
The lone Blackhawks’ goal came in the first period by Brando...
There has been little to complain about this year for the Hawks except maybe their intra division record. Their record against the central is pedestrian at 9-6-2. They had a chance to change that facing their nearest divisional rival the St. Louis Blues and seemed to have things in hand but let it slip away.
In a game that coach Quenneville will not be happy losing, he can take consolation that the Blackhawks were able to at least get a point. Still the Blackhawks and their coaches need to solve the Blues if they want a return engagement with Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Blues also had several key players out of their lineup which should have worked in the Hawks favor. It did...
It was Patrick Sharp's birthday on Friday, and he celebrated by notching a hat trick plus an assist in Chicago's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Coming off the league-wide three-day Christmas break, Colorado looked like a team that was still on vacation as they were constantly out-skated and out-played by the Blackhawks.
First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said prior to the game that he expected the Blackhawks to win the division by a good margin. But Colorado had a strong start to the season and can still be expected to be in playoff position in the spring - so long as they don't play too many games as bad as last night's.
Monday night, the Blackhawks had one of those games where they looked like they were playing an AHL team. However, their opponents were the New Jersey Devils, who have struggled most of the season.
After having a rough start to the season, the Devils have only 37 points (15-16-7) after losing to the Blackhawks. In the Eastern Conference, they have barely enough points to keep them bouncing in and out of the third spot in the Metropolitan division, which has turned into the NHL's worst division this season. Heading into the game versus Chicago, they sat in third in their division; after the night's games, they had fallen back to 10th in the East.
The Chicago Blackhawks (25-7-6), coming off a shootout loss to their rivals Vancouver, are facing the New Jersey Devils (15-15-7), who themselves didn’t manage to win their last game against the Los Angeles Kings. Both teams will be eager to bounce back from their respective losses, but the Blackhawks could be at advantage with their home crowd cheering them on.
The Devils have been making the most of their acquisition of Jaromir Jagr, who has seen a lot of different East Coast teams in recent years and settled in New Jersey fo...
If you are tired of too much holiday cheer there is nothing like getting your yuletide sneer on against a foe that you have some healthy disdain for. The Hawks faced an old enemy but ended up with a lump of coal which could put anyone in a fowl mood.
The Hawks did skate away with a point but somehow it seemed very unsatisfying as they had a 2-0 lead that they lost and ended up with a game going to overtime and a long shoot out.
The game was a duel between two upcoming stars in nets for both sides. Antti Raanta of the Hawks is getting better and better with every outing. His positioning is outstanding and he just plays within himself and sticks to his game. He stopped a b...
The Chicago Blackhawks (25-7-5; 1st in league) will host the Vancouver Canucks (20-11-6; 7th in West) on Friday night at the United Center in Chicago. These two Western Conference rivals always provide entertaining hockey games.
Vancouver is on the second half of a back-to-back, having lost 4-1 to the Stars in Dallas last night; two of those Dallas goals came 15 seconds apart in the first five minutes.
It will be the Canucks third game in four nights. By contrast, the Blackhawks have had two days off since beating the Predators in Nashville on Tuesday night; Chicago will also have the weekend off before hosting the Devils on Monday.
The Hawks looked to keep rolling as they travelled to Nashville to face off against the Predators and former Hawks Carter Hutton and Viktor Stalberg. The last time the Hawks played in the Nashville rink this season, they were thoroughly beaten 7-2, but tonight walked away with a 3-1 win. Bryan Bickell made his return after missing roughly a month with a lower body injury, while Antti Raanta made 27 saves and Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 20th goal in the victory.
The Hawks got on the board early with a wicked shot by Duncan K...
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 ...
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.