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Blackhawks face Wild for last time during regular season

In 2011, the Minnesota Wild gave the Blackhawks a gift: by beating the Dallas Stars in their final game of the season, it sent Chicago to the playoffs.

This past week, the Wild again secured the Blackhawks a playoff berth with a win. However, this time, Chicago was already sitting in a comfortable position; it was just a matter of clinching.

The two Central division rivals face off for the last time of the regular season on Thursday night at the United Center. Both teams are under .500 for their past ten games; the Wild have gone 4-4-2 and the Blackhawks have gone 4-5-1.

Chicago would like to get two points to keep their hope of home ice in the playoffs alive. ...

Blackhawks extend losing streak to 3 after loss to Penguins

Both the Blackhawks and Penguins talked about needing to win Sunday night's match prior to the game; both teams had lost their last two games.

Pittsburgh just sold what they were saying better in the first period, going up 2-0 halfway through the period with goals just 21 seconds apart by James Neal and Lee Stempniak.

Sheldon Brookbank got the Blackhawks on the board 11:10 into the second period.

But any elation that Chicago might have felt over finally scoring was punched in the gut a few minutes later when Brooks Orpik checked Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hard into the boards. Though the hit was called legal on the ice, Toews hit the boards hard...

Blackhawks and Penguins indoors face-off

The Blackhawks (42-18-15) are visiting Pittsburgh to face the Penguins (47-22-5), one of the yearly big Stanley Cup contenders. It’s almost the end of the regular season, with all teams having under 10 games to play and playoffs spots being claimed. The Penguins have earned theirs during the week, and at the time this preview was written, the Blackhawks were a point behind clinching a playoff berth themselves.

 

The last time these two teams faced each other was for the Stadium Series outdoor game in Chicago’s Soldier Field,...

Hawks fail again to clinch playoff spot and fall to Senators 5-3

The Chicago Blackhawks came into this game only needing one point to clinch a playoff spot and again failed to do so.  In a situation that is becoming less and less humorous the Blackhawks inability to play a consistent sixty minute game with solid defense is becoming an issue. If the Hawks think they can flip a switch come playoff time must remember first you have to get to the playoffs.

For the second straight night the Hawks played a terrible defensive game with poor gap control , too many zone turnovers and sloppy defensive zone coverage leaving their goalie hanging out to dry. In net for the Hawks was Antti Raanta who had a rough night to say the least.

Chris Neil wa...

Hawks' return to Boston spoiled by loss, hoping to bounce back in Ottawa

On their return to Boston’s TD Garden after winning the Stanley Cup there last summer, the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to solve the Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask, who made 28 saves throughout the game. The Blackhawks have only been shutout 3 times this season.

 

The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron scored twice to extend a goal streak to a career-high five games. He scored the first goal of the game 11:50 of the first period on a tip-in of a slapshot by Matt Bartkowski, and scored his second goal, the third and last of the...

Blackhawks make first return to Boston since Cup win

The last time that the Blackhawks skated on Boston ice, it was a hot day in late June, hoisting the Stanley Cup triumphantly over their heads.

Perhaps there is no better time for the Blackhawks to return to TD Bank Garden for the first time this season. Those memories will be as strong and fresh as they were nine months ago. Most of those Cup-winning players returned to the team; although a few are now gone. For example, Dave Bolland, the "17 seconds" game-winning scorer, was traded to Toronto.

While the Blackhawks returned from the summer mostly intact, the Bruins underwent more than a face lift. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverly, and with Ryan Button, were se...

Hawks down Stars on 'Teuvo Tuesday'

After a flat performance on Sunday against the Predators, the Hawks came out with a purpose and put away a 4-2 win against a Dallas Stars team desperate for points as the playoff race continues.  Corey Crawford was sharp in the win with 25 saves.

 

The buzz around the UC was that Teuvo Teravainen would be making his NHL debut.  He would get a cheer from the crowd on his first shift, and while he didn’t earn any points in his debut, he made a c...

Every point counts for the Blackhawks as they face off the Stars

The Dallas Stars (33-26-11) are visiting the United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks (41-16-15) on Tuesday evening, edging ever closer to the end of the regular season. As of Monday, the Stars are 2 points out of a wild card position in the playoffs, and any win counts for them.

 

The Blackhawks are currently 2nd in the Central division, but wins and points are just as precious for them, with the Colorado Avalanche only 3 points behind them. The Blackhawks want to ke...

Hawks shutout against division rivals Preds; fall in Central division standings

The Hawks have had trouble with the Nashville Predators all season, and after a reassuring win against the Hurricanes on Friday, went back to square one in a shutout loss agains their division rivals.  Pekka Rinne would make 29 saves in a lackluster effort by Chicago, who’s inconsistent play is becoming more concerning as the playoffs approach.  The loss dropped Chicago six points behind the division-leading Blues, who earned two more points today in a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

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Blackhawks face Predators with division lead in sight

What didn’t seem possible a week ago is now possible as things change quickly in the NHL. The Blackhawks are within striking distance of first in the Central division with a St. Louis Blues loss yesterday to the Philadelphia Flyers they are currently only four points back and these teams face each other one more time in the regular season. 

The Blues do have a game in hand over the Hawks. The Blues will also play today against the Pittsburgh Penguins in an early afternoon tilt. The Blues have already clinched a playoff spot the question now remains where.

By game time the Hawks could be within two points from the divisional lead with a Hawks win. So there is plenty ...