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November Notes

We are in mid-November, and it is time for my look at the Canucks this month thus far. The 'Nucks have played 7 games up till now (1 home, 6 road), and have managed to get 8 of 14 points. Brian Raiger takes a look at what the Canucks have done correctly and what they need to do for their remaining 6 games of the month and season ahead.


The key to any game is to have a successful first 20 minutes, come out hard hitting, get the puck deep, draw a penalty, and convert. This is what happened for the Canucks, scoring 3 goals in the first 20 minutes (2 of them with the extra man, and one of these PP goals coming with 19 seconds left in th...

Looking at the schedule ahead for the Blackhawks

There are certain games you get up for in the course of the season, and few tend to generate as much excitement within a fanbase as the first meeting of the year between bitter rivals. It's a date circled early on the calendar and loaded with anticipation.

The players get up for it, too, and they feed the media all the right quotes and give the fans the little wink-wink-nudge-nudge, and then .... they go out there and lay a big, fat egg - which is exactly what Chicago did last night against the Vancouver Canucks.

We've discussed the Blackhawks/Canucks rivalry and how last season ended often enough by now. The Blackhawks rol...

Hawks Thoughts - Hawks Special Teams Remain Rather Ordinary

When your team only manages 2 goals from its bottom six forwards against a conference rival with the second best power play in the NHL, you're generally not giving yourself a good chance to win.

The Blackhawks did just that (and then some) in "aiding" the Vancouver Canucks to a dominating 6-2 win over Chicago Sunday night at the United Center. Yuck.

Everyone knows that Vancouver has a lethal powerplay and we don't need to go into details as to why that is. Twins. Swedish Twins.

The Sedins aren't the only reason the Canucks have a fabulous powerplay, but the point is that an opposing team, such as our lovely Blackhawks, can't allow Vancouver six ...

Canucks vs. Blackhawks: Game Preview + Random Thought

It was last year that the Canucks took on the Blackhawks, got blown out and then turned the season around.  I suppose that fans are hoping for something similar to come out of tonight’s tilt.

It is the first game of the season for the bitter rivals and it is shaping up to be a good one.  Here are my pre-game notes.

- The Blackhawks have been playing some really good hockey lately.  With an 8-2-3 record that is good enough for second in the conference, you can bet that the Canucks are going to be in for a challenging night.

- The Hawks are winning despite Jonathan Toews being really quiet this season.  Many were calling for him to take the next s...

The Blackhawks' early view atop the Western conference

The week ahead for the Chicago Blackhawks is going to be a trial-by-fire before they hit the road for their annual "Circus Trip", the two-week road trip that marks every November. It kicks off with the first of two season games against the Florida Panthers (the second will be on United Center ice in late January), followed by a game at Tampa Bay, then it's back home for the first matchup of the season against the Vancouver Canucks.

In light of the trade moves made by Chicago and the free agency signings by Florida this summer, Thurday's Blackhawks-Panthers matchup in Sunrise is a game that many fans on both sides of the ice ...

Hawks Thoughts - Kane Finds His Inner Savard

Blackhawks fans will remember one thing from last game against the Anaheim Ducks:

That Patrick Kane Spin-O-Rama pass.

The Chicago Blackhawks came away with a 3-2 SO victory over the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on Tuesday night. After going down 1-0 and then 2-1, it was amazing to see the Hawks battle back to tie the game and keep themselves in the battle for two points, which they ultimately came away with.

Patrick Kane had another monster game with 2 unbelievable assists on both Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa's goals, not to mention the eventual game winning shootout goal to seal the deal. Kane dazzled with his "Denis ...

Hawks Thoughts - From Denver to Ducks

After the completion of a home and home last week with surprising Western Conference foe, Colorado, the Blackhawks came away with 3 out of 4 possible points. Hawks are now a commendable 4-1-2 on the season, good for 5th in the West. Chicago also boasts a goal differential of +6, which is tied for 2nd in the West, as well.

Last Blackhawks' game against the Avalanche was a good representation of how Chicago's depth can benefit the team on a nightly basis. They received goals from Michael Frolik, who had been struggling to notch his first of the season (Coach Q made sure to remind him of this) and Jamal Mayers, not necessarily known for his scoring prowess. Despite losing in th...

The Blackhawks are winning, but what needs work?

Does anybody else find it odd that Daniel Carcillo is leading the team with +/-, at +5? Carcillo has been a pleasant surprise so far, playing - dare we say it - smart.

Last year, the main word that was used to describe the Chicago Blackhawks all season long was "consistency". The team didn't have it; couldn't get any major winning streaks going; and most of the time, couldn't put together a third period to finish off opponents, leaving points on the table strewn across the league.

This year, the Blackhawks have come out of the gate hot. There's a lot to be thrilled about as a fan - a lot of production; team chemistry on the ice clearly there from open...

Hawks Thoughts - Game Day 10/18/11 @ Coyotes

Chicago Blackhawks are getting set to battle their southwest neighbors, Phoenix Coyotes, tonight at Arena (Glendale Arena). Game time is 9 pm central and is being broadcasted on WGN for you local Chicago folks. I apologize for the brevity of this post, as I was out of town this past weekend and am still catching up on loose ends.

The Hawks are well on their way towards being a great regular season team provided they can pick up a few of the missing pieces before reaching the mid-season mark. Patrick Kane continues to be an offensive force with 6 pts in 4 games playing at Center, winning 56.5% of his faceoffs, and he has not hurt his team de...

Hawks Thoughts - Top Prospect Saad Returned to OHL Team, Stalberg Practices

On Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks sent arguably their top organizational prospect in Brandon Saad (sorry Kyle Beach) back to his OHL team, the Saginaw Spirit. Though Saad registered no points in his two games with the Blackhawks in the early regular season, he did play well during the preseason against several division rivals, which included getting time on a line with Captain Jonathan Toews. 

To be clear, Saad's demotion to his OHL team should not be viewed as a interpretation for poor play. While Saad went scoreless for the Hawks in the home and home series against Dallas last week, he still played a pretty solid game for an 18 year old rookie, with no AHL experience. ...