For the past five years, the Blackhawks have wrapped up their circus trip with a Thanksgiving weekend swing through California. This year the pattern changed, and they're ending the trip with back-to-back games in Dallas and Phoenix.
Dallas and Chicago last faced each other three weeks ago on November 9 in Dallas. The Blackhawks won that game 5-2 and hope to repeat the performance on Friday night.
The Blackhawks currently sit atop the league with 40 points. The Stars are last in the Central with 26 points, and sit 8 points out of a playoff position in the West. Were they in the Metropolitan Division, they'd be comfortably in second place, ahead of the Rangers...
The last Canadian team the Blackhawks (17-4-4) are facing during their circus trip are the Calgary Flames (8-11-4), who are looking for a solid win in regulation after their last three contests were decided in OT or a shootout. The first and only game these two teams have played against each other ended with the Flames prevailing in overtime.
The Blackhawks will be looking to keep their 3-game win streak alive while the Flames will look to start a streak themselves after winning against the Florida Panthers in the shootout last Friday...
Over the past few seasons, the offensively-gifted and speedy Edmonton Oilers have repeatedly hung a sizeable number of goals on Chicago when they've played each other, win or lose.
But Monday night was all about the Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first, with an easy short-handed goal during a Ben Smith penalty. Toews had a breakaway with plenty of time to outskate the Oilers chasing him, and to get Edmonton's goalie to commit early.
Not to be outdone, Patrick Kane scored a power play goal a few minutes later, shooting over the prone Devan Dubnyk to make it 2-0 Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks’ circus trip continue, and they are facing their 3rd Canadian team in the Edmonton Oilers. Both Blackhawks (16-4-4) and Oilers (7-15-2) are on win streaks and this match-up between two team full of skilled players is expected to be fast and hard.
Chicago is looking to keep their consistency up after having a few up and down games and shaky goaltending, while the Oilers are just battling for more points with plenty of injuries on their side, a barely there defence and issues in goaltending as well.
The Hawks and Canucks rivalry has dimmed over the last year as the teams have not faced each other in two consecutive playoff series. Tonight, however, the hockey didn’t disappoint and the game was fast and fiesty as the Hawks came from behind to take a 2-1 win. The game was fast and tight, with a battle between goalies Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo, who went head to head and made 36 and 27 saves, respectively.
The Blackhawks started off strong in Winnipeg on Thursday night: commanding on the dot, strong defensively, and leading 1-0 after the first from a Patrick Kane laser shot.
Dustin Byfuglien would take a holding penalty for the Jets, followed by Duncan Keith taking a slashing penalty in order to prevent a goal. On the ensuing 4-on-4 play, Brandon Saad stretched the lead out to 2-0 just over 3 minutes into the second -- but the lead would last less than a minute.
Andrew Ladd would open up the scoring for Winnipeg 19 seconds after the Saad goal; and then, as the Byfulgien penalty expired, Keaton Ellerby put in his first of the year, a PPG, just 29 seconds later.
To continue their annual circus road trip, the Blackhawks (14-4-4) are visiting the Jets (10-10-3) in Winnipeg again - they were there last on November 6th, and the Jets came to visit the UC on November 9th. Both times, the Blackhawks won by a solid margin, and they will try to do so again, as they come back from a 5-1 loss in Denver.
The Blackhawks have been a little inconsistent lately. After winning 4 games in a row, they then dropped a game against Nashville with a final score of 7-2, won their next game against San Jose, and the...
The Hawks came out flat in their first game in their 7-game circus trip across the Western conference. After bouncing back 5-1 against the Sharks on Tuesday, the Hawks got steamrolled against an Avs team that capitalized on every opportunity that was given to them.
Corey Crawford was pulled after 3 quick goals in the first after playing just 13:17 for Finnish netminder Antti Raanta. Raanta made 13 stops on 15 shots in his first NHL start, albeit an abbrevia...
The Blackhawks (14-3-4) kick off their annual two-week "circus trip" today as they head out on a road trip that will take them to all four Canadian Western conference teams. They will also visit Colorado, Phoenix, and Dallas instead of their usual Thanksgiving weekend swing through California.
First up on the trip is Tuesday night's match at the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs held one of the top spots in the West for most of the early season, but have since lost their past three games and are now 14-5-0 with 28 points, which puts them 4th in the Central, and 2nd in the Western wild card race.
Matt Duchene was injured in Saturday night's game vs Florida, and...