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Hawks Downed by Preds 5-2, Toews Possibly Hurt

After one of their most complete wins of the season the night before, the Chicago Blackhawks couldn't muster up much of anything and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

With Detroit and St. Louis both winning, the Blackhawks lost two key points to another team nipping at their heels in the Central division.

Corey Crawford got the start in net after Emery's win last night against the Panthers.

Despite getting outplayed for most of the first period, Marian Hossa was the first to break through. Fifteen minutes in, he coralled the puck at the blue line and made a couple nifty moves, turning Predators defenseman Shea Weber into a turnstil...

Blackhawks look to continue roll against Predators

 

The Blackhawks are coming off of a hot night in cold, blustery snowstorm in Chicago. They are looking to continue their hot streak and stay ahead of tough Central divisional opponent Nashville.  The Central Division of the Western Conference is turning out to be an absolute dog fight amongst the teams in the best division in hockey right now.

Currently the Chicago Blackhawks sit atop the Central division and Western conference with a 29-13-6 record and a league leading 64 points. The Blackhawks are coming in off of a three game win streak and an emotional reunion game Friday with the Florida Panthers. It is important they come away with points in this one as they a...

Blackhawks tame Panthers, win 3-1

Two late goals in the first period was all the Blackhawks needed to beat the Panthers Friday night.

Despite the biggest snow storm of the winter in the city of Chicago which saw the puck drop delayed 30 minutes, 21,555 were in attendance at the United Center to see the Blackhawks victory.

Ray Emery got the start in net and looked spectacular throughout. His play at the Blackhawks defensive end of the ice ultimately led to the Hawks first goal.

After Emery denied Stephen Weiss on the doorstep multiple times, the puck was sent out to the corner where Viktor Stalberg corralled it and sent it cross-ice to Patrick Kane, who then sent a laser of a pass to the Captain Jonathan ...

Blackhawks vs Panthers: a little friendly competition

 

Tonight, when the puck drops for the Blackhawks vs. the Panthers, the last of the players who was traded away (and still plays in the NHL) who helped earn the Stanley Cup banner that hangs in the rafters will get their first turn at playing under it.

Kris Versteeg was a popular player while in Chicago, but the post-Cup salary cap purge sent him to Toronto. From there, he would be traded to Philadelphia, and then on to Florida. He was the last of the Cup winners to play against the Blackhawks and had to wait until this season to do it - a November 3 Chicago shootout win at Sunrise. And particularly in light of his current season, where he is one of the Panthers'...

Blackhawks punish Sabres 6-2

 

This would be a rare meeting between two hockey clubs. Being that one is in the East and the other in the West these clubs do not face each other often and are unfamiliar with each other’s tendencies. This will in fact be the only meeting this year between the two teams.

 These clubs are also going in different directions. Buffalo is fourth in their division and eleventh in the Eastern Conference with a 19-21-5 record and the face of the franchise goalie Ryan Miller is struggling. In fact for this game Buffalo went with Jhonas Enroth in net. Miller however is not the only one however who needs to play better for Buffalo.

 The Blackhawks were coming...

Blackhawks Look to Take Advantage of Sinking Sabres

The Chicago Blackhawks face one of two possibilities tomorrow night when they host the struggling Buffalo Sabres at the United Center-

Either they recognize and capitalize on the recently unfortunate play of the Buffalo Sabres...

Or, they shrug off the Sabres as any kind of real challenge, come out flat and succumb to the dreaded "trap game" against their unfamiliar distant neighbors to the east.

This is the first and only meeting between the Blackhawks and Sabres this season, with the Hawks taking both games last year, each by a score of 4-3.

The Chicago Blackhawks are finally back on the up-swing after dropping the first five of their last ten games in ...

Blackhawks take a bite out of the Sharks

The Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks last faced off in San Jose in early December, a tight 3-2 OT win. Before that was the 0-1 loss in San Jose the night before Thanksgiving, a game which saw Chicago battling back after suffering a crushing - and humiliating - 9-2 loss to Edmonton a few nights before.

Since that time, Chicago has played well enough to land themselves in constant competition for the number one position in the West. Likewise, the Sharks have finally found some smoother sailing after rough patches to start the season, and have now clawed their way to the top of the struggling Pacific division. Of course, they still have ex-Blackhawk (and Cup-winning) Antti Niemi sig...

Detroit's Next 12 Games Present Golden Opportunity

The Red Wings currently sit 3 points behind division and conference leader Chicago with two games in hand,1 point behind St. Louis with equal games played and 3 points ahead of Nashville. They are trying to improve on a middling road record (11-13-0) while maintaining a league best home record (17-2-1). It is highly unlikely any of the top 4 teams in the Central will stop challenging for the division title barring a rash of injuries.

Detroit's performance over the next 12 games has the potential to help them overtake their division rivals, give them a small cushion in the standings, gain ground in the fight for home advantage throughout the playoffs and reestablish their road ga...

Hawks can’t clip Wings fall 3-2 in OT

 

It seems every time the Blackhawks play the Detroit Red Wings something big is at stake. Today’s game was no exception and with the big lights of the national stage shining as well. There’s nothing like a little Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk in the morning. Forget Saturday morning cartoons give me Saturday morning NHL hockey. I hoped the Blackhawks all had their coffee with an early 11:30 puck drop but I don’t think they did.

The Blackhawks will be battling these Red Wings along with the St. Louis Blues all the way until the end of the season for supremacy in the Central. Every game these two play will be vital. This was the first meeting on the Red Wing...

Wings Go For 14th Straight Home Win on the 14th

With Friday the 13th in the past, Detroit faces off against Chicago today on home ice for a nationally televised matinee. The Wings are coming off a 3-2 comeback victory against Phoenix that was Mike Babcock's 400th win and Jimmy Howard's 100th. Detroit seeks to tie their franchise record for consecutive home wins set during the 1964-65 season. Only two points separate the teams, with St. Louis sitting in between them.

The two previous games have been just as close as their place in the standings with both being decided 3-2. Chicago won once in regulation and Detroit won last week in overtime. Today's game should be no different.

The Blackhawks' are missing sco...