When the Vancouver Canucks come to town, it's always some of the most entertaining hockey of the season. The Blackhawks-Canucks rivalry is one of the most intense in the NHL.
The Blackhawks are on the verge of a record: they've already tied for the second-best start in league history (points in 15 games); with at least one more point in Tuesday's game, they'll tie for best. If they can avoid losing in regulation between now and Saturday, it's a new high for the books. Until the Blackhawks lose in regulation, they may be wearing a bigger target on their backs than the Los Angeles Kings are, as defending Stanley Cup champs.
The Chicago Blackhawks (11-0-3) face off against the Los Angeles Kings (5-5-2) for the second time in this shortened season on Sunday at 2:30pm at the United Center. The Hawks defeated last year’s Stanley Cup Champions just four weeks ago by a final tally of 5-2 in the league's season opener in Los Angeles.
The Blackhawks are coming off a decisive 4-1 harpooning of the San Jose Sharks on Friday night, a game in which Chicago outshot their opponent 37-28 and got near-perfect goaltending from “back-up” netminder Ray Emery, who made 27 saves over the course of the contest.
The Chicago Blackhawks avoided their first regulation loss of the 2013 season but still suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks at the United Center on Tuesday night.
Despite getting a game tying power play tally from Nick Leddy and the go-ahead goal from Brandon Saad to make it 2-1 as a result of a very strong second period, the Hawks couldn't keep the Ducks from forcing overtime late in the third period, where they struggled to match Anaheim's intensity.
There was a lot of talk at the top of this season about the tough schedule the Chicago Blackhawks had ahead of them with 10 of their first 12 games on the road. Recalling the hard luck the Hawks faced away from home last season still...
The past two seasons were a struggle for the Blackhawks. Although they qualified for the playoffs both years, neither route was ideal.
In 2011, gutted post-Cup victory, they backed into the playoffs based on the Wild's win over the Stars in game 82. The battle leading up to the playoffs left the team battered and tired - yet they still pushed the Canucks to Game 7 OT in the first round.
In 2012, they had a bit more of a cushion, but 101 points in the ultra-competitive West was only good enough for 6th place. Although the Blackhawks pushed the Coyotes to five OT games, and then lost to Phoenix 0-4 in Game 6 on home ice.
When considering the game in Nashville tonight, it might have seemed a coin toss who would win. The Blackhawks were on the final game of a six-game road trip that covered 5,300 miles since January 29th. The team would be headed home to Chicago after the game, and you have to think that weighed on their minds.
In the meantime, Nashville shut out the defending Stanley Cup champs 3-0 on Thursday night and then played a tough game in Minnesota on Saturday night, where the Wild beat them 2-1 in overtime.
The team that looked more fatigued on the ice on Sunday night? The Predators.
By the end of the first period, the game remained scoreless, although the Blackha...