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Hawks welcome Coyotes in 'must-win' game

It’s too early in the season to call anything a ‘must-win’ for the Blackhawks yet. Just barely past the halfway mark of the season, Chicago is still sitting comfortably in a playoff spot in the Central division, with no imminent pressure that threatens their position.

 

That being said, if there was a game that should be called a must-win, it’s this one against the Coyotes. January has not been kind to the Blackhawks, as the team currently sits ...

Hawks to face off against Jets

After a convincing 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild and an unusually long four-day break between games, the Blackhawks will welcome the Winnipeg Jets to the United Center on Friday night for a Central division showdown.

 

The showdown carries some added weight for Chicago as they have yet to win against Winnipeg this year, losing first in a 1-0 shutout and again in a 5-1 blowout. They’ll have time to redeem themselves at home with a top line of Jonathan Toews, ...

Blackhawks kick off vital January point stretch with game vs Stars

The Blackhawks (25-11-2, 52 pts, 1st/Central) welcome the Dallas Stars (17-14-5, 39 pts, 6th/Central) to the United Center on Sunday night at 7pm; the game will be broadcast on NBCSN nationally, and WGN in Chicago.

Chicago will be coming off its disappointing loss in the Winter Classic vs the Capitals; the Stars have a Saturday night game versus the Wild at home. Prior to Saturday's game, the Stars are on a 3-game win streak.

Finnish phenom Teuvo Teräväinen was called up from the Rockford IceHogs after a hand injury took Kris Versteeg out of the lineup in the Winter Classic. Teräväinen has 6 goals and 17 assists in 33 games for the IceHogs this season.
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Blackhawks ready to take it outside vs the Caps in the Winter Classic

There hasn't been a tremendous amount of early buzz surrounding this year's Winter Classic, which will feature the Chicago Blackhawks (25-10-2) visiting the Washington Capitals (18-11-7) at Nationals Park in D.C.

It's hard to miss the advertising, though; NBC has definitely been saturating all their markets.

This season, the NHL changed partners to present its The Road to the Winter Classic show; instead of HBO, it is EPIX carrying the torch. As the station is not available in all markets or with all providers, fans can watch the show unedited on EPIX's website, NHL.com, the team websites, or catch it censored (bleep bleep bleeeeeep) on NBCSN.

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Hawks honor Reif; earn emotional win against Leafs

After a disappointing shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road, the Hawks came back to the United Center and shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Sunday night. Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots to earn his second shutout of the year.

 

The victory was especially meaningful for Chicago tonight after news broke this morning of the passing of assistant equipment manager Clint Reif. Reif, 34, had been with the Blackhawks for nine years and was close to many on...

Hawks top Wild late

Amid potential goalie controversies and whispers of a possible case of mumps, the Blackhawks managed to pull out a win against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night. After a three period outburst in the second from Chicago, the Wild came back to tie it in the third before a late power play goal by Patrick Kane gave the Hawks the lead for the rest of the game. Antti Raanta, who made his second straight start, made 26 saves in the victory.

 

The Wild got on the board first wi...

Chicago conquers Kings to close out Circus trip

The Blackhawks finished off their circus trip with a bang in LA, besting the Kings 4-1 and finishing their Circus trip with a solid 5-1-0 record. Brad Richards had two goals in the win as the Hawks’ second line continued to dominate, and netminder Corey Crawford made 19 shots in his 14th consecutive start to earn the victory.

 

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead to start the contest, as Daniel Carcillo, who’s played very well on the entire Circus trip, g...

Hawks prepare to face hot Avs

After a disappointing 4-1 loss against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, the Hawks are looking to bounce back against a hot Avs team in Denver.

 

Halfway through their annual ‘circus trip’, the Hawks have earned four out of a potential six points in their first three games, and now are moving on to the US to round out the trip.

 

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Hawks fall to Canucks 4-1

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 Canucks started the scoring ...

Hawks dim Stars 6-2

 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...