As the Hawks continue the circus trip perhaps their greatest measuring stick will be in their final two games in California. The first challenge up is the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks sit atop the Western Conference in points and first in the Pacific division with a 14-4-5 record. The Hawks are coming in seventh in the Western Conference and third in their division with a record of 13-8-1.
Statistically however the Hawks and Ducks are pretty close in just about everything. In fact the Hawks are ahead of Anaheim in goals per game and goals against per game. Their special teams is also statistically better than the Ducks on both the power play side and the penalty kill side. Yet it is the...
The Blackhawks haven't had a lot of success versus the Avalanche in the past year, or in Denver. But they pulled out a decent 3-2 win tonight, which makes them 3-1-0 thus far on this year's circus trip.
Scoreless through nearly halfway through the second, Max Talbot opened the scoring for the Avs.
Joanthan Toews tied it up for Chicago a few minutes later on the power play, and then Andrew Shaw made it 2-1 Blackhawks on another power play just 2-1/2 minutes later.
Ryan O'Reilly made it a tie game with an EV goal 3:36 into the third. Bryan Bickell scored the go-ahead goal for Chicago with 5:17 remaining - this one Chicago's first EV goal of t...
The Hawks/Canucks rivalry is not what it used to be or maybe the Canucks have matured and realize that regular season points are more important than shenanigans and cheap shots. Other than the constant raining of boos when Duncan Keith handled the puck the temperature of the area and on the ice was anything but heated.
The Hawks were coming into Vancouver with this being the second of back to back games and the third game in four nights and the Hawks looked tired in the first period.
Luckily for the Hawks goalie Corey Crawford who came in playing his eleventh game in the Hawks nets was not tired and fatigued and kept his team in the game.
The Hawks were looking for some young energy from rookies Adam Clendening, Joakim Norstrom and making his NHL debut Phillip Danault. Antti Raanta was supposed to be manning the Hawks nets but due to illness Corey Crawford plugged the pipes for the Blackhawks.
The captain Jonathan Toews lead the way early in the first period when on a beauty of a two on one Saad was able to find a wide open at the far faceoff circle Toews who got it past Oilers goalie at the time Ben Scrivens.
Before the announcer could finish crediting Toews with the goal Marcus Kruger scored from almost the same spot on the ice after much hard work on the boards by line mates Ben Smith and Joakim Norstrom to ...
The Chicago Blackhawks (11-7-1) continue their circus trip with a game at the Oilers tonight in Edmonton.
This season, the Oilers are languishing at the bottom of the Pacific division with a 6-11-2 record. They're having problems scoring, and more importantly, they're having problems keeping the other teams' goals out of their net: they have 3.37 GAA versus 2.53 G/G. Their power play is more like a power pffft and their penalty kill is below 80%. The Oilers have won just 2 of 10 games they've played to date in November, and they're hungry for a win - or even just points. Edmonton is 0-9-1 versus the Western Conference so far this season.
The Hawks got contributions from all over the lineup Thursday night as they earned a hard-fought victory against the Calgary Flames, a team that has continued to surprise this season. Despite a late upper-body injury that kept Andrew Shaw out of the lineup, the Hawks found a way to win as Patrick Kane scored his second game-winning goal in as many games to cap Chicago’s 4-3 victory while netminder Corey Crawford made 24 stops.
The Blackhawks (10-7-1) are starting off their ten-day annual "Circus trip" tonight with a game versus the Calgary Flames.
Historically, the late November swing - nicknamed the "circus" trip becuase of the circus which sets up shop at the United Center for two weeks, forcing both the Blackhawks and Bulls out on the road - has been a bonding experience for the team, both off and on the ice. The Blackhawks have been 17-7-1 during their past four circus trips.
Calgary has been a pleasant surprise among the Western teams so far this season, going 12-6-2 (26 points) to date, which puts them third in the Pacific, ahead of both the Kings (24 points) and ...
On a night that saw the Blackhawks honor Brad Richards’ 1000 game, the Hawks and the Stars got off to a fast start with a first period that saw everything from goals to a fight to an unfortunate lower body injury to Trevor Van Riemsdyk.
Corey Crawford was in the Hawks nets and Kari Lehtonen in the Stars nets. The Hawks lineup also saw some changes up front as well with Joakim Nordstrom in place of Peter Regin who was sent to Rockford. Daniel Carcillo also returned to the lineup which put Jeremy Morin as a healthy cratch.
The first period had plenty of offense with the Hawks starting the scoring first with a off the two on one rush beauty from Patrick Kane on the ne...
The last time that the Blackhawks and the Stars played, it was opening night in Dallas - a 3-2 shootout win for Chicago on October 9th.
It was also one of the rare games where the opponent outshot the Blackhawks this season.
Both teams currently sit just outside the wild card cutoff, with Chicago (19) a few points ahead of the Stars (16) in the surprising Central Division. We'll say surprising mostly for two reasons: 1) even with Pekka Rinne's healthy return and a new coach behind the bench, nobody expected Nashville to be doing this well so early in the season; and 2) nobody expected Winnipeg to be sitting at 3rd in the Central, ahead of Chicago, Dallas, and...