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Hawks special teams shine in win against Panthers

The Blackhawks were dominant in a 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers, scoring 3 of their 5 goals on the power play and staying perfect on the penalty kill.  The win was tainted by an injury to starting netminder Corey Crawford, who lasted only 13:45 in the first period before being replaced by Antti Rannta.  Raanta was solid, making 28 saves and allowing only two goals.

The Hawks came out jumping in the first, and needed only 70 seconds to take the lead.  After a bad penalty by former Hawk Tomas Kopecky for high-sticking Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Sharp blasted a high shot from the point on the ensuing power play past goalie Scott Clemmensen, who was screened on th...

Hawks welcome back Versteeg in trade with Panthers

 

Last night, the Hawks turned heads by welcoming back Kris Versteeg from the Florida Panthers along with prospect Phillipe Lefebrve in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenseman Dylan Olsen.  

Versteeg, a fan favorite, played a key role on the Hawk’s 2010 championship winning team, and was then a victim of the subsequent roster turnover due to the cap crunch that sent him to Toronto for former Hawk Viktor Stalberg. After playing briefly for the Leafs and Flyers, he found a spot in Florida for t...

Blackhawks head to the house of Blues tonight

 

Chicago briefly stumbled after posting some excellent wins at the end of their epic February road trip; they've now won the first two games of a three-game road trip, taking contests against Detroit and Ottawa.  Tonight, the Blackhawks roll into St. Louis for the 4th of six games against the Blues this season. So far, Chicago is 2-1-0 versus the Blues, including being shut out during their first match up of the year. St. Louis boasts one of the best home records of the season, and a pair of goalies - Halak and Elliot - that together have compiled 12 shut outs for their team. The Blues allow a meager 26.0 shots against/gm (1st in the league), the lowest amount of gi...

Blackhawks and Senators battle it out in Ottawa tonight

Last year, the Ottawa Senators were one of the worst teams in the league, and with very few changes made to the team or staff over the summer, not much better was expected of them this year.

It just goes to show how quirky hockey can be and how you can never predict how seasons will go. This year, the Senators have remained solidly in playoff position for most if not all of the season.

Being in different conferences mean these two teams only see each other once a year on average; they last faced off on January 7, 2011, in Chicago; the Blackhawks won that one, 3-2.

The similarities between the Senators and the Blackhawks right now are many: both sit at 6th ...

Desert dogs chomp the Blackhawks

The last time the Blackhawks got shut out six times in a single season was 2006-07. You know, the year they went 31-42-9 with Khabibulin, Boucher & Lalime rotating in goal in a season that went 20-43-11-8.

As horrible as the 2010-2011 was, they were only shut out 4 times, and the first one wasn't until December 3rd. This season, the Hawks had been shut out three times by November 23rd - and still haven't registered one of their own.

Entering Saturday's game, the Blackhawks were 1-1-1 vs. the Coyotes and finish out the series 1-2-1. They have now dropped eight straight and have taken just one point since their January 20th win vs. the Panthers. Fortunately ...

Game preview: Blackhawks return to Philadelphia

The last time that the Chicago Blackhawks played on Philadelphia ice, they did it hoisting aloft the Stanley Cup in June of 2010.

The two teams met late last January, too - when the Flyers readily beat the Blackhawks 4-1 at the United Center. At the time, Chicago had turned over half its roster in the post-Cup win salary cap purge, and the team was struggling to find its footing; they've come a long way since then.

This year, the Flyers know what the Blackhawks went through - they, too, turned over a great deal of their roster this summer following another disappointing year in the playoffs, and were thoroughly rebuilt. When the Blackhawks and Flyers drop the puc...

Numerous roster changes for Blackhawks

Since Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Chicago Blackhawks roster has seen a number of changes.

First, the injuries. Steve Montador and Marcus Kruger were both placed on Injured Reserve. Montador missed the game against Edmonton with an upper body injury and Kruger has been out since December 26th with a concussion. According to head coach Joel Quenneville, Kruger’s recovery had a setback on Tuesday.

Jimmy Hayes had already been called up from Rockford to replace Kruger (who was initially replaced by Brandon Pirri) and has been impressive in limited minutes through his first two games.

The Daniel Carcillo hit, and subsequent injury, on Edmonton&rs...

Evaluating the Blackhawks at Draft, and previewing Prospect Camp

The 2011 Draft was not considered particularly deep, but the Chicago Blackhawks collected a total of 11 picks by the time the weekend was through, including Phillip Danault (pictured above). Danault was the Blackhawks' second pick (26th overall). Along with a solid set of selections throughout the Draft, Chicago's depth grew even more.

Let's take a quick look at the players Chicago drafted this year, as they will be part of the Chicago prospects camp that begins on Thursday, July 7th:

Mark McNeill, C (1st round/18th overall) - big, strong, smart center with good two-way game. Most recently of Prince Albert Raiders. Strong work ethic; scored 81 points in 70 g...