Another Original Six matchup is always fun. This matchup again saw two teams that do not face each other much and two teams that are looking to get back on the winning track. The Leafs are coming off of their own losing streak where they have lost 8 of their last 10. The Hawks coming off of 3 straight losses desperately need to keep gaining points to keep pace in the Western Conference.
The Maple Leafs themselves were in need of points as well. They are currently out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture in 10th place but are only four points behind. So they too would be skating with an air of desperation.
The Chicago Blackhawks fanbase held its breath as the trade deadline approached, wondering what magical trade that Stan Bowman might possibly manage to pull off. The "puck-moving defenseman" or the "second-line center" that the team had coveted all season? Perhaps the kind of blockbuster trade that nobody saw coming, one of the Hawks' stars for another team's stars? A goalie to help bail out Crawford and Emery?
At the deadline, however, none of these scenarios happened. The Blackhawks picked up one defenseman, Johnny Oduya, from the Winnipeg Jets; and shipped off John Scott to the NY Rangers. Scott had played 29 games for Chicago with an average TOI ...
The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2013.
Addressing a very glaring need for the Hawks on the blue line, GM Stan Bowman paid a decent price to land the 6'0" 190 lbs defenseman from Sweden in the hopes that he will help cut back on Chicago's recent defensive woes.
In 63 games this year, Oduya has two goals and thirteen points and is a minus nine. His production this year has not been as significant as it has in recent years, but a change of scenery can certainly help with that.
Oduya carries a $3.5 Million dollar cap hit that will fit snugly into the remain...
With only 19 games left for the Blackhawks every game heading down the stretch becomes huge. The Hawks must find a way to rebound from the last two games against Dallas and LA. Heading down the home stretch to make a playoff run somehow the Hawks need to get points in all of these remaining games.
Anaheim is currently in 13th place in the Western Conference but has been making a significant push as of late and is only 6 points out of a playoff spot. On the other side the Hawks have been finding new ways to lose to teams who they should be beating and must stop this trend.
This will be the final meeting of the year between these two teams. In their pre...
The LA Kings I knew would be a tough opponent tonight for a couple of reasons. Like the Hawks, the Kings are desperately in need of points to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. They are currently outside in tenth place with a record of 27-22-12 and 66 points which is only seven points behind the Hawks’ 73 points so I knew they would come out inspired.
With the reunion of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter the old Philly brethren would make for inspired play on the ice and excitement in the crowd. The question was would their chemistry still be there and carry over from Philadelphia given the limited practice time they had together. Unfortunately for the Hawks...
The Blackhawks four game winning streak came to an end on Thursday night when they provided the Dallas Stars with an opportunity to rally late in the third period and skated away with a much needed two points by both teams.
Chicago looks to regroup and get back on the winning track when they travel to Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon to face a recently offensively-improved Kings squad. This will be the second meeting between these two Western teams, with each club earning a win on the road.
Kings GM Dean Lombardi made a bold move before the trade deadline by further increasing the scoring punch for his "Philly West" club by adding marquee goal sniper, Jeff Car...
On a night when three of their division rivals played a game, the Chicago Blackhawks were the only team in their division that ended the evening without a point.
Steve Ott, Michael Ryder and Loui Eriksson each tallied for the Dallas Stars, as they downed the Blackhawks 3-1 at the United Center tonight.
Chicago started off slow in the first period, allowing Dallas to take advantage using their speed to generate a few early scoring chances. The roles reversed, however, in the second period, as the Blackhawks upped their physical play significantly and were able to induce more shots on Stars' netminder Richard Bachman.
Once again, the Blackhawks found themselves in a 0-1 hole early in the first. But also once again, Chicago stayed calm and stuck to keeping plays simple. They were eventually rewarded for their effort with a win, breaking the Red Wings' 6-game winning streak.
Valtteri Filppula opened the scoring for Detroit just 2:22 into the game in the dying seconds of Chicago's early penalty (tripping) by Marcus Kruger. The goal snapped the Blackhawks' impressive PK streak, which had been flawless the last few games; and then Corey Crawford slammed the door shut for the rest of the game.
The Blackhawks need to somehow dust off their A game as they look to continue their three game winning streak when they face the best of the best in the league, the Detroit Red Wings. They currently sit atop the entire NHL with 84 points and a record of 41-17-2.
This game is paramount for the Hawks which goes without saying. This is a potential four point swing game. If the Hawks can somehow pull this out in regulation it would do wonders not only for their confidence but to continue racking up points against divisional foes.
Detroit has few weaknesses to exploit. They are ranked only behind Boston in GF/GA differential. In other words they have a potent offense a...