The positioning for playoff berths in the Western Conference continue jockeying tonight, with several teams facing off tonight.
In Denver, that means the slumping Chicago Blackhawks taking the ice against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs sit at 55 points, the Blackhawks at 65. Chicago should sit solidly somewhere in the middle of the top 8 by the playoffs; Colorado's current trajectory should see them finish at 12th in the West. That doesn't mean, however, that the Avs cannot play spoiler against teams like the Hawks.
Tonight is the fourth and final time these two teams will meet up this season. Chicago won their first game,...
Going into tonight’s game I was hoping to see an improved defensive performance from the horrid game against Edmonton the night before. I think every Blackhawks fan was looking for answers after the Oilers game. How would the Blackhawks respond? With the quick turnaround I wasn’t quite sure if we would see a tired drained Hawks team or an invigorated team looking for a little payback.
In the first week of the nine game three week road stretch to say this Canadian trip has not started the way the Blackhawks would have liked is an understatement. Coming into this game out of a possible four points against Western Conference opponents the Hawks only garnered one...
The Flames enter tonight’s game against the Blackhawks much like they did against the Red Wings. For the second straight game they host a team that will come into the Dome coming off an embarrassing loss. That is the case for the Blackhawks who surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 8-4 to Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers last night. The Flames will have to take advantage of the Hawks playing back-to-back games. This is the 4th and final meeting between the teams with Chicago leading the series 2-1. Both teams victories have come on home ice, so if that trend continues, the Flames are in good shape heading into tonight’s match-up.
The last time the Chicago Blackhawks played against the Oilers in Edmonton, they gave up 9 goals in an embarrassing loss.
It wasn't quite as bad on Thursday night, but it wasn't much better either, as the Oilers beat the Blackhawks for the third time this season, 8-4.
Things started off beautifully for Chicago. Jamal Mayers scored on a wrister seven minutes into the game to put the Hawks up 1-0. The Blackhawks dominated the first period in front of goalie Corey Crawford. Then 40 ticks into the 2nd period, Patrick Sharp sent a blast past Devan Dubnyk to put the Hawks up 2-0.
Then the wheels came off, momentarily, and Sam Gagner happened.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to move closer to the Central division lead tonight when they visit the Calgary Flames. After last night's utter embarassment at the hands of a speedy Edmonton Oilers club, the Hawks hope to quickly put a terrible loss behind them as they venture further along their long road trip. This is the fourth meeting between the two clubs, with the Hawks prevailing over their western conference neighbors in two of the three.
Neither club has played exceptionally well over their last ten games. The Flames have lost two in a row, are 5-4-1 in their last ten games and are only one game above .500. The Blackhawks have faired slightly bet...
Games against the Oilers haven't gone quite the way Chicago would have liked - or expected - this season. The Blackhawks are 1-2-0 against Edmonton so far this season. After a handy 6-3 win early in the season at the United Center, they cruised into Edmonton in November on the heels of an PPG-heavy embarassing loss to the Canucks - only to get stomped 9-2 in another PPG-laden game. The Oilers also took the last match 4-3 in Chicago.
Do the Blackhawks want a little payback? No doubt. "We got our teeth kicked in here last time," Coach Quenneville stated this afternoon. Back in mid-November, with the score 9-2, the Oilers fans were chanting "We want...
It was one of those teeth-grinding, frustrating type of overtime losses. The kind of loss that creeps into your subconscious just as you wake up the following morning, not just as a player, but as a fan.
The Chicago Blackhawks played well enough to decisively come away with two points against their heated rivals, the Vancouver Canucks. However, one major road-block stood in Chicago's way-
It was an evening of Ginger-thorns in their sides as Chicago saw their 30th victory slip away at the hands of Daniel Sedin's game-winning goal off a nice feed from twin-brother Henrik and a 37 save effort from "back-up" goaltender Schneider.
Tuesday evening in Vancouver, the Chicago Blackhawks will kick off the start of their February 9-game road stretch with a tilt against the Canucks. Captain Jonathan Toews will be back in the lineup after missing the January 24th game vs. the Predators and the All-Star Game due to a minor injury. It is also likely that Patrick Sharp will be back for the Hawks after missing a few weeks due to a fractured wrist.
So far this season, the Blackhawks and Canucks are 1-1, each taking a win by four goals in the other's barn - the Canucks won 6-2 on November 6 at the United Center in the infamous "game with all the PPGs" (five, to be exact). T...