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Chicago Blackhawks look to find their stride mid-season

As the season rolls on and the new year is almost at our doorstep, it's worth contemplating who might be more frustrated right now for the Chicago Blackhawks: the fans, or the players. Injury after injury has taken its toll already on the team - Hossa, Bolland, Kane, Pisani. One has to particularly feel for Marian Hossa, who started off the season completely healthy and set a blazing streak, only to be sidelined by injury, and then, upon his return to the ice, get injured again just a few games later. He's only played 21 of 32 games so far this season, but when he's not on the ice, it feels like so many more. Brian Campbell has recently returned to play after missing the first mon...

Corey Crawford Between the Pipes for Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday

After another Marty Turco disaster on Monday night, it will be Corey Crawford getting another start for the Chicago Blackhawks in the second leg of a home-and-home with the Colorado Avalanche. After the Avs chased Turco from the net on Monday, Crawford came in and nearly won it for the Blackhawks. However, the lack of defensive help, notably from stars Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, resulted in Crawford getting hit with the loss, despite giving up just the two goals. It was Craw's first regulation loss since November 7th. While Crawford's last two decisions have been losses, many have noted that these were two of his better performances. After a 28 save performance against San Jos...

With the annual Circus Trip a success, the Blackhawks look ahead

Welcome back, boys. How two weeks can change so much. The Blackhawks struggled through the first quarter of the season, with the final four games before their annual road trip going 1-2-1, with one of the losses being decided by shootout and the win coming in overtime. Six of the last seven games before the trip were decided by just one point, the only exception being the loss to the Rangers in New York. The team suffered through multiple injuries, a pair of suspensions, constant line shuffling, lack of chemistry, and they just couldn't seem to bring the same game to the ice every night. The last game before the road trip was a 3-2 nail-biting win over the Ducks (won in OT), which set ...

Previewing the Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose game

The Chicago Blackhawks have concluded the first half of their annual November "circus trip", closing out the Canadian leg 2-1. The last three games have been as inconsistent as the rest of the season: beating the Oilers 5-0; falling to the Flames 2-7; and then blowing out the Canucks 7-1. Now the Blackhawks look ahead to the California leg of the trip, with three games in four days: Wednesday night at San Jose; Friday afternoon in Anaheim; and Saturday evening in Los Angeles. Of all the dates that Blackhawks fans eagerly circled on their calendars this year, it is Wednesday's matchup that generates the most interest on this trip, for three big reasons. The first, and most obvious, ...

Chicago: Where the only thing consistent is the inconsistency

After Sunday night's loss to the Oilers, Brian Campbell summed it up in a way that the Blackhawks fans have been feeling for two weeks: "Thers's no excuses for it," he said. "We have to find ways to finish chances throughout the game, and work harder ... We obviously didn't get the job done again tonight, which is getting a little old." Campbell also echoed the recent words of Hossa and Toews, calling the losses "unacceptable" and that the team wasn't working hard enough, saying, "Losing two games to these guys in our own building is not a good thing. Losing two games to any team in our own building in a matter of what, two weeks ... it's unacceptable. We've got to get a little mad in th...

Blackhawks' new roster beginning to click; Campbell returns to ice

The Chicago Blackhawks had a trio of games over the past four days that can give the fans plenty of hope for the rest of the season, but which also showed that the Hawks have carried some of last seasons flaws into this one, despite massive roster turnover. Let's start with the ugly: Friday night's 7-3 loss against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center. Maybe it was just an bad night for everybody. Maybe they underestimated the young - and very fast, and very hungry - Edmonton team. Maybe it was because this was the first time that the Blackhawks were facing off against one of their own - Colin Fraser was one of the first to feel the post Stanley Cup-win axe, traded to the Oilers despi...

Chicago Blackhawks start the season with a celebration, and find their legs in game 3

Stanley Cup banner skated on the ice at the United Center - picture by HockeyBroad During the past couple weeks in Chicago, it's been the absolute best of times, and at moments, a right royal mess. The Blackhawks did not have a particularly distinctive pre-season, winning only 3 of 7 matchups - the home games against the Red Wings, the Penguins and the Blues. On the road, the team looked like they were struggling, but what also needed to be considered was that the Blackhawks, like just about every other team in the league, was saving their big guns for the home contests, and putting their rookies and 3rd and 4th liners into the road games. Pre-season doesn't count except for who ...

Chicago Blackhawks ready to spread their wings for new season

The lineup presented in Saturday night's matchup between Chicago and Detroit is probably not terribly far off from what we should expect to see when the Blackhawks play their season opener on October 7th. With the exception of a few veterans who had played Friday night's game at Detroit, the majority of Chicago's Cup-hoisting returning players were on the ice, supplemented by a combination of players who'll either make the final cut or be the top line at Rockford (Chicago's AHL affiliate). Coach Quenneville has been - not surprisingly - playing with his lines throughout camp. Last season's linemates, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, were split up, and generally played in a mix of comb...

Why Blackhawks fans should have plenty of faith for the 2010-11 season: reviewing the core players

Earlier this summer, the cheers of the Stanley Cup victory parade had barely faded when they were replaced by gasps of angst as Chicago GM Stan Bowman took to the roster like a chef carving a fine piece of meat: trimming the fat and shaping the team to be the best it could be within the price tag attached to it - the salary cap. In total, almost half of the players who stood on the ice that June night in Philadelphia were traded or allowed to walk under their UFA contracts: Brent Sopel, John Madden, Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien, Adam Burish, Colin Fraser, Ben Eager, and Antti Niemi. Add to that Kim Johnsson, whose season - and possibly career - ended with a concussion inj...