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Blues Continue Their Battle for Tops in the West

 

The Blues' rise to the top of the Central Division, second in the Western Conference, and third overall in the whole of the NHL, all started with a win against the Blackhawks back in early November, and, coming into tonight's game against their central division rival's they hope to keep the momentum they have built up continuing.

 

Although the 'Hawks have gotten the better of them the last two outings, a 3 – 1 loss on the road and 5 – 2 loss at home, a win tonight would even the season's match up at two games a piece. T...

Hawks can’t clip Wings fall 3-2 in OT

 

It seems every time the Blackhawks play the Detroit Red Wings something big is at stake. Today’s game was no exception and with the big lights of the national stage shining as well. There’s nothing like a little Doc Emrick and Eddie Olczyk in the morning. Forget Saturday morning cartoons give me Saturday morning NHL hockey. I hoped the Blackhawks all had their coffee with an early 11:30 puck drop but I don’t think they did.

The Blackhawks will be battling these Red Wings along with the St. Louis Blues all the way until the end of the season for supremacy in the Central. Every game these two play will be vital. This was the first meeting on the Red Wing...

Hawks looking to bounce back against Wings

 

The Blackhawks have not gone into the new year playing very well to say the least. They are looking to turn that all around against divisional foe Detroit Red Wings today.  The last time in fact that the Blackhawks have won a game has been against Detroit that’s how long it’s been.

The last time these two teams meet at the UC the Hawks won 3-2 in which they played a very good game. In that game that saw a Toews penalty shot goal and Brent Seabrook continued his career successes against the winged wheel jerseys. Crawford had a stellar game as well to help his team hang on to win.

They may have only played one another nine days ago but it seems like...

Oilers vs Blackhawks like Oil and Water as Oilers down Hawks 4-3

 

With the first game in the New Year the Chicago Blackhawks were looking to continue their winning ways from December. The last time they played the Oilers in Edmonton it was a complete debacle in Alberta. This however is the season of resolutions and after some soul searching as a team and a new year I thought would bring a new result but I was wrong.

The Blackhawks needed to stay out of the penalty box as the Edmonton Oilers have a good power play and rank fourth overall in the NHL but just couldn’t do it.  I was also looking for improvement on the Blackhawks power play and continued stellar defense as the previous games with Edmonton were high scoring but n...

Blackhawks spread holiday cheer with 5-1 win over Canadiens

 

For the second time in as many nights the Blackhawks were facing a little known opponent from the Eastern Conference. Not just any team from the east either, but the fabled Le Club de hockey Canadien or better known as the Montreal Canadiens were in the United Center.  While these are not exactly the Flying Frenchmen of old, the Canadiens still have plenty of speed to make your head dizzy.

The Blackhawks were coming off of an incredible third period against the Penguins in Pittsburgh and hoping to keep their high flying offence in gear. Cory Crawford in the nets felt like a really good get together with an old friend you haven’t seen maybe since college. &nbs...

Elite vs Elite - Blackhawks fall short to Penguins 3-2

 

Coming into this game the Pittsburgh Penguins IR list was probably longer than their active roster or so it seemed. It also isn’t the size of the list but who is on the IR list. Namely their top guns and scoring threats would be absent which should give the Blackhawks an advantage you would think.

The Penguins coming into the game also have a very good record against western opponents at 6-1-3. While the Penguins are down valuable players they proved you can’t dismiss them or think that any team has an advantage which makes them a very scary team. I can’t even imagine if they had their full roster playing.

As the game opened there was a feeling o...

Blackhawks stay hot to beat Flames 4-2- lose Seabrook

 

The Chicago Blackhawks were coming into Sunday's match coming off of a hot streak. The Hawks have been playing much better defensively and the results are showing.  The Hawks have won their last four games and were looking to extend that streak to five. The Calgary Flames coming into the United Center off of three straight tough one goal losses were looking to rebound.

If the Hawks didn’t have enough incentive after being embarrassed in Calgary in their last outing, they needed to win this game to stay ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the lead in the Western Conference and the league. They also need to stay ahead of those pesky Detroit Red Wings who won on...

Blackhawks face old teammate as they take on the San Jose Sharks

 

The Chicago Blackhawks (17-8-4) taken on a familiar face when Antii Niemi and his San Jose Sharks roll into the United Center on Sunday. I’m sure Sharks coach Todd McLelland will have Antii Niemi in goal tonight even though he just went last night in goal when the Sharks fell 1-0 to the Blues.

Antii Niemi always seems to play his best against his former teammates or maybe he still feels he has something to prove to them parting ways with him. Last year the Sharks won 3 out of the 4 contests with him in the nets when facing the Blackhawks. This will be the second meeting this year and Niemi already posted a 1-0 shutout to his former team. Ray Emery will be in ...