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Hawks tuning up against the Blues

 

With the NHL playoffs only three weeks away every team still in contention are looking to secure points but more importantly, they are also looking to see how they measure up against good teams. The Blackhawks don’t need to look any further than their own Central Division for these measuring sticks. The St. Louis Blues are currently not only in first in the division but they are also conference leaders and league leaders.

If the Blackhawks want a test they will get a good one Tuesday night at the United Center when they square off against the NHL leading Blues. This game is what hockey is all about. The Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues have been battling since 1...

Blackhawks Extend Carcillo

The Chicago Blackhawks awarded Daniel Carcillo with a two-year contract extension this morning, despite the fact that he hasn't played in a game since January 2nd in Edmonton when he ended his season to injury and earned a suspension for his illegal hit on Oiler's (who now plays for the Minnesota Wild) Tom Gilbert. 

Carcillo saw significant time on the Hawks' top line to add grit and a physical presence in the corners and in front of the opposing team's netminders, but also often times put his team in poor situations with his reckless play on the ice. That's the give and take you deal with when you dress players with that type of walk-the-line game.

Ca...

Blackhawks bow to Kings 3-2

 

As things begin to tighten up in the Western Conference we had an inter-conference game that mattered much for both of these two teams. At the start of the game the LA Kings were in eleventh place in the conference right outside the playoff spots but by the end of the game they jumped to the ninth spot. The Blackhawks hanging onto sixth place needed to continue to win to stay in the six spot with Colorado, Phoenix and San Jose right behind them. Even though the Hawks only picked up one point they stayed in the sixth slot. 

In goal for the night was Jonathan Quick for LA and Ray Emery for the Blackhawks. The Hawks needed to figure out the mystery called Quick. In th...

Blackhawks Look to Dethrone Kings' Playoff Hopes

After putting in a grind-it-out effort against one of the league's top teams to down the New York Rangers 4-3 on Friday night, the Chicago Blackhawks will look to build off said effort when they host the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the United Center. 

It's hard to believe that the Blackhawks have only scored two goals in three games against LA this year, and not since late November. In the season series, Chicago took the first game in Los Angeles 2-1 on goals by Jonathan Toews and Andrew Brunette, but in the latter two matches, fell at the hands of Jonathan Quick, 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. 

Chicago remains optimistic that franchise player and captain Jonatha...

Blackhawks sweep season series vs Rangers

The last time the Blackhawks and Rangers met up, it was a couple weeks ago in New York, and the boys in red were riding a 9-game losing streak at the tail end of their epic February road trip. On Friday night, it was the Rangers coming into the United Center on a short losing streak, and the Blackhawks looking to bounce back after a rough 1-5 loss in St. Louis.

Johnny Oduya was acquired from Winnipeg at the trade deadline, and it wasn't expected that he was going to be some kind of miracle cure for what has ailed Chicago. The Blackhawks have gone 4-1-0 in the games since the trade deadline, however, and Oduya has soaked up an average just over 21 TOI per game since his arri...

Blackhawks Prepare to Battle Blueshirts

It's difficult to remember that it's understandable for a team to lose an important game against a significant divisional opponent at this point in the regular season, as everyone is vying for playoff position and overall points in the standings. 

What might be more disconcerting is who the loss are coming against. The Blackhawks previous dismantling at the hand of the St. Louis Blues did not leave many fans with much confidence in the Hawks' ability to match the gameplay and competitiveness of a league leading team, like the Blues or, in the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers. 

The Chicago Blackhawks will face the "beasts of the east" in ...

Blackhawks Sing the Blues in St. Louis

At a point in time when points matter most in the standings, the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to match the work ethic and effort in a 5-1 loss to their division rivals, the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center tonight. 

The Blackhawks didn't do themselves any favors by allowing the Blues to skate circles around them for sixty minutes and leaving their goaltender, Ray Emery, out to dry. 

Typically, a team needs to score several goals to justify only getting twenty shots on net, but that's all the Blackhawks could muster against the defensive-minded Blues, whose offense had little trouble coming to light against Chicago's heavy legs.

T.J. Oshie k...

Blues Continue Their Battle for Tops in the West

 

The Blues' rise to the top of the Central Division, second in the Western Conference, and third overall in the whole of the NHL, all started with a win against the Blackhawks back in early November, and, coming into tonight's game against their central division rival's they hope to keep the momentum they have built up continuing.

 

Although the 'Hawks have gotten the better of them the last two outings, a 3 – 1 loss on the road and 5 – 2 loss at home, a win tonight would even the season's match up at two games a piece. T...

Blackhawks head to the house of Blues tonight

 

Chicago briefly stumbled after posting some excellent wins at the end of their epic February road trip; they've now won the first two games of a three-game road trip, taking contests against Detroit and Ottawa.  Tonight, the Blackhawks roll into St. Louis for the 4th of six games against the Blues this season. So far, Chicago is 2-1-0 versus the Blues, including being shut out during their first match up of the year. St. Louis boasts one of the best home records of the season, and a pair of goalies - Halak and Elliot - that together have compiled 12 shut outs for their team. The Blues allow a meager 26.0 shots against/gm (1st in the league), the lowest amount of gi...

Blackhawks outlast Wings 2-1

 

On this Sunday NBC featured Original Six matchups. Earlier in the day they ran the Boston Bruins vs the New York Rangers game in what looked like a UFC match more than a hockey game. No there was no John Scott fight just every other Ranger on the team seemed to have his fists flailing. I knew the Blackhawks/Red Wings game would not be like this but the intensity was just as high.

This was the fifth meeting between the two Central Division rivals. Three of their previous four contests have all been played to a 3-2 score with two going to OT & the last one to a 2-1 score. The Hawks record is 2-0-2 which is good that the Hawks got points in all of their previous contes...