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Sharks and Blackhawks face off at United Center

On Sunday, the Blackhawks (29-7-8) host one of their conference rivals, the San Jose Sharks (26-9-6), for their second match-up of the season, the first having been a 5-1 home win for the Blackhawks, back in November. These two teams are at in the top 5 in the league right now, the Blackhawks currently being 1st with 66 points in 44 games, and the Sharks being 5th with 58 points in 41 games, and they’re both meeting after a solid win, the Sharks against the Edmonton Oilers and the Blackhawks against the New Jersey Devils.

 

Both ...

Blackhawks power past Devils 5-3

The Blackhawks concluded their short east coast stint in convincing fashion. In the first two periods Antti Raanta kept the Hawks in the game until they found their legs in the third period. The first period was scoreless but Raanta and New Jersey icon Marty Broduer were rock solid.

The second period saw the teams exchange goals. The Hawks came from mister on fire Patrick Sharp and the Devils got their tally from Andy Greene. After forty minutes the teams were tied at one apiece in a very tightly contested game.

If the first two period were the Antti Raanta show the third period was the Patrick Sharp show.  Patrick Sharp got a hat trick and his second goal is something yo...

Crawford returns in clash against Islanders

 

The Blackhawks (28-7-7) are ringing in the New Year with a familiar face finally back between the pipes.  Corey Crawford, who has been out since Dec. 17 with a lower-body injury, will be back in the lineup as the Blackhawks face the New York Islanders (13-21-7) in their first matchup in 2014.  The Hawks won the previous match 3-2 in Chicago, with Michal Handzus netting the game winner.

The New York Islanders, a team who has disappointed in the first half of the season after making the playoffs last year, are looking to build momentu...

Blackhawks shutout Kings 1-0

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...

Hawks come up short in shoot out 6-5 to Blues

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...

Blackhawks snow the Avalanche Friday; face the Blues tonight

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.

Jean-Sebastien Gi...

Blackhawks give Devils their due; face Avs after holiday break

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 Blackhawk...

Blackhawks wanting to bounce back against Devils

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...

Hawks fall in SO 3-2 to Canucks

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...

Blackhawks host Canucks tonight in Chicago

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.

When these two teams la...