The past two seasons were a struggle for the Blackhawks. Although they qualified for the playoffs both years, neither route was ideal.
In 2011, gutted post-Cup victory, they backed into the playoffs based on the Wild's win over the Stars in game 82. The battle leading up to the playoffs left the team battered and tired - yet they still pushed the Canucks to Game 7 OT in the first round.
In 2012, they had a bit more of a cushion, but 101 points in the ultra-competitive West was only good enough for 6th place. Although the Blackhawks pushed the Coyotes to five OT games, and then lost to Phoenix 0-4 in Game 6 on home ice.
When considering the game in Nashville tonight, it might have seemed a coin toss who would win. The Blackhawks were on the final game of a six-game road trip that covered 5,300 miles since January 29th. The team would be headed home to Chicago after the game, and you have to think that weighed on their minds.
In the meantime, Nashville shut out the defending Stanley Cup champs 3-0 on Thursday night and then played a tough game in Minnesota on Saturday night, where the Wild beat them 2-1 in overtime.
The team that looked more fatigued on the ice on Sunday night? The Predators.
By the end of the first period, the game remained scoreless, although the Blackha...
The Chicago Blackhawks continued to prove that they are an elite contender Thursday night at Jobing Arena when they trounced the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 6-2 and improved to 9-0-2 on the season.
Patrick Kane scored two goals and added a helper and Chicago got a solid performance from netminder Ray Emery as he stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced. Patrick Sharp finished the night with three assists for the Hawks.
Many expected the game to not only be a chippy one, but one filled with yearning for revenge by...
The Blackhawks came out of Calgary with a win that they had no business winning but isn’t that what great teams do? They literally snatched a win for what certainly should have been defeat. While they were doing that, back in Chicago and Blackhawks fans everywhere were going through just about as many heart palpations as Ray Emery had logic defying moves.
The Blackhawks came into the Saddledome road weary with having played in Vancouver just 24 hours earlier to face a rested and motivated Calgary Flames. Luckily for the Blackhawks they packed their Ray Bans because it was Ray Emery banning almost everything from the Hawks net.
The Blackhaws will be entering the Saddledome on Saturday on the back end of a back-to-back, the third game on their road trip. Despite 2 OT losses in their last two games, Chicago is currently riding a franchise record season-opening point streak (8).
The Calgary Flames had last night off and will be eager to prove themself against red-hot Chicago. Calgary is currently in last place in the Western Conference, with a record of just 1-3-1. Their only win came against the Oilers on the Flames' home ice.
Travel fatigue can't be an excuse for Calgary - the Flames are one of four Western teams whose first 12 games are played more heavily at home than away (8-4) an...
Things do not get any easier for the Flames as they welcome their toughest test of the season to the Dome, the Chicago Blackhawks. The two teams are on the opposite end of the spectrum in the Western Conference. The Blackhawks have yet to lose in regulation and are tied for 1st with 14 points, while the Flames have got off to a terrible start and sit in the West’s basement.
In what was an unusually calm Blackhawks/Canucks tilt, the Blackhawks despite not playing their best still collected a point on the road. Even the Rogers arena crowd seemed pretty subdued except for when Duncan Keith had the puck and a chorus of boos echoed the building.
There were not any incidents, fights or really even any confrontations. Both teams seemed really focused on just picking up points and collecting a win.
For as much as we would like to send Roberto Luongo into stages of self doubt and lost confidence he played brilliantly against the Hawks big guns particularly in the shoot out.
The Hawks never really were able to sustain much pressure on hi...