The league leading Chicago Blackhawks (27-5-4) visit their Central Division rival Nashville Predators (15-15-8) in the front end of a home and home series today at 2pm CST.
Nashville, winners in just one of their previous five, are four points out of the
final playoff spot in the West with just ten games remaining and will likely end the season on the outside looking in. While four points in ten games is certainly not an insurmountable deficit, the shortened season's intraconference schedule makes it extremely probable that the Predators will only be playing spoiler down the stretch this year.
The Blackhawks earned a win in the shootout Monday, and in the process, gave a point to Nashville. The Predators now sit just two points out of a playoff berth with 12 games remaining in their regular season schedule - three more of which will be against Chicago.
During the first and second periods, Chicago dominated most of the play, outshooting Nashville 27-11.
It was reflected on the score sheet as well. Brandon Saad put in the Blackhawks on the board with just 12 seconds left in the first period. Patrick Kane made it 2-0 with 7:50 left in the second.
In the third, however, the Blackhawks did what they've done a few too many times lately: instead of putt...
The Western Conference leading Chicago Blackhawks (25-5-3) face off against their division rival Detroit Red Wings (17-12-5) in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena during the 2013 regular season.
The Blackhawks have struggled as of late, suffering five regulation losses in their previous nine games. Across those five losses, Chicago has averaged less than three goals per game, and things won't be any easier today against a Detroit team that has yielded just six goals over their previous four contests.
With Ray Emery (12-1-0) suffering his first loss of the season against Anaheim on Friday, it will be Corey Cr...
There is no better time to be thankful that all the armchair GMs aren't real GMs than directly after a tough loss right before the trade deadline.
Monday night on Twitter, as the Blackhawks walked out of a lackluster game with a 5-4 loss to the LA Kings, whom they had previously dominated earlier in the season, all the usual suggestions came out. So-and-so should go back to Rockford. So-and-so is dead weight this season and should be traded. (If he's such dead weight, who else is going to want him?) So-and-so isn't getting it done. In exchange, fans are looking for every high-profile player out there, future salary concerns be ignored.
Dustin Brown scored his twelfth goal of the season with under two minutes remaining to hand the Chicago Blackhawks (24-4-3) their fourth regulation loss of the season in a wild affair that saw the Blackhawks surrender three one-goal leads.
The victory put Los Angeles (18-12-2) ahead of the idle St. Louis Blues for sixth place in the crowded Western Conference race, and moved them within striking distance of division-leading Anaheim. The Kings currently sit ten points back of a suddenly struggling Ducks team with sixteen to play. With two of those remaining games coming against Anaheim, it’s not inconceivable to think that last year’s Stanley Cup Champio...
The LA Kings have not scored a goal since their GWG on February 17th, a 3-2 win vs. the Coyotes. They were shut out on home ice first by Dallas, and then by the Canucks. Prior to that pair of games, the Kings had outscored their prior three opponents by a margin of 12-4.
The Blackhawks have beaten the Kings twice already this season: 5-2 at the Kings home opener; and then 3-2 at Chicago on February 17th. Vancouver and Detroit have been hot as of late; their wins have bumped the Kings down to 6th in the West. It all adds up to a lot of incentive for the Kings.
So, as the Kings begin a 5-game road trip -- which includes their visit to the White House with the Stanley C...
CHI @ ANA Game Recap1/20/13 Blackhawks Drown in the Duck Pond In a game that lived up to its hype the league leading Chicago Blackhawks fell 4-2 to the second place Anaheim Ducks who now trail the Windy City team by only 3 points in the Western Conference. The Ducks drew first blood with a quick goal by center Peter Holland less than 2 minutes into play. The Hawks were almost immediately sent to the penalty kill against the most successful power play unit in the league, but a fantastic short-handed goal via Jonathan Toews brought those first five minutes of heart attack to an end all tied up 1-1. After a very forgettable Blackhawk...