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Blackhawks face Islanders at the United Center tonight

Tonight, the Blackhawks welcome the Islanders to the United Center for the first game between these teams in nearly two years.

After several seasons of rebuilding, the Islanders are poised to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, led by newly-appointed team captain John Tavares. During those three games, the line of Michael Grabner, Josh Bailey, and Frans Nielsen has been particularly dangerous, contributing 4 goals and 11 assists.

The Islanders are 2-0-1 so far on their season, outscoring their opponents 14-9, and taking two of those games to shootouts. They are coming off Tuesday night's 6-1 romp over the Coyotes. It is the Islanders' best start since ...

Five changes & five questions as the Blackhawks start the new season

It seems like just yesterday that the Blackhawks were skating triumphantly on Boston ice, raising Lord Stanley aloft for the second time in four seasons.

Tuesday night, the summer comes full circle as the puck drops on a new season, and the Blackhawks raise their fifth Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at the United Center.

Let's look back at the moves the Blackhawks made this summer, and ahead to the 2013-2014 season.

FIVE CHANGES THE BLACKHAWKS MADE THIS SUMMER

1. Dave Bolland, Daniel Carcillo, and Michael Frolik were traded out of town. These two moves freed up several million in cap space, and gave the Blackhawks the ability to resign so...

Chicago Blackhawks open their training camp at Notre Dame

After one of the shortest off-seasons in pro sports history, the Chicago Blackhawks are opening their training camp on the road.

Spending a lot of time on the road early in the abbreviated 2013 season didn't seem to hurt the Blackhawks; after all, they not only set a league record to open the season, but went on to win both the President's Trophy and the Stanley Cup. The players seem eager to prove that this year, there will be no "Stanley Cup hangover".

With a shortened summer and just a few days before pre-season games get underway, having training camp at Notre Dame allows the team to focus on camp without the distractions of home, and allows for the ...

Top 10 games to look forward to on the Blackhawks' calendar

The Chicago Blackhawks open their championship-defending season on Tuesday, October 1st versus the Washington Capitals. Needless to say, that game will be the number one ticket on Blackhawks' fans lists when regular season single-game tickets go on sale Monday morning, as Chicago has earned the right to raise a handful of banners that night - tops among them, the 2013 Stanley Cup banner.

Three years ago, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer stood on the Blackhawks side of the ice, part of the 2010 Cup-winning team. Now he will return on the visitors' side, as part of a team that is still chasing their first Cup since being founded in 1974. The team will be hungry to mak...

Reports: Ilya Bryzgalov to Be Bought Out

After numerous reports said the same thing it looks like the Flyers may be parting ways with their controversial goaltender.

Bob McKenzie of TSN, The Fourth Period, and now Comcast SportsNet have all reported that the Flyers could be buying out netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. After two years of headache-filled hockey, Bryzgalov may be getting cut loose, freeing up some much-needed salary cap space as the Flyers look to rebound from missing the post season.

19 and counting: Chicago extends The Streak

When the Oilers rolled into town, the Blackhawks remembered last season: Edmonton embarassing Chicago 9-2 and again 8-4, both on Rexall Place ice, and a 4-3 loss on United Center ice.

But even the hot young powerhouses of the up-n-coming Oilers couldn't hold the Blackhawks back from a win, and Edmonton was the one taking a 3-2 loss at the end of the night.

Edmonton's Jeff Petry opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 4:28 into the first; the Blackhawks replied barely a minute later with a beauty of a Patrick Kane backhand on the power play. The game would remain tied 1-1 until late in the second, when rookie Nail Yakupov put one in to give the Oiler...

What Will RFA Dubnyk Get Paid?

What does the recent Josh Harding contract mean for the Oilers and impending RFA goalie Devan Dubnyk? Read on to find out the two impacts i see.

Flyers Could Be Seeking No. 1 Goalie

It's a known fact that general manager Paul Holmgren is not happy with the goaltending this season from both Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky.

According to a source close to The Fourth Period, the Flyers could be seeking a number one goalie. TFP writer Dustin Leed also confirmed the goalie interest.

Impressive Jamie Benn helps Stars to victory

It was all about young Canadian Jamie Benn in Texas this afternoon as he scored twice to help the Stars overcome the struggling Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Benn has hit a great run of form lately and is now seen as one of the best centres in the NHL by many. Rookie Richard Bachman got his first start in net for the Stars since Kari Lehtonen returned from injury.

After the Oilers absorbed some early pressure from the Stars on a great first shift, the opening the period turned out to be quite an even one. Edmonton had a good final few minutes in the first frame and they got a one goal lead as Taylor Hall somehow got a shot to loop agonisingly over the top of Bachman and into the net. With 9 ...

Oilers Look To End Struggles In San Jose Tonight

 

The Oilers’ struggles continued Thursday night in a 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, being outshot 42-20. Having four days off before the game could either be a good thing or a bad thing, and for the Oilers, it was a bad thing. They couldn’t get their legs going and the Coyotes coasted past them as if they were nothing. Tonight, the Oilers (14-14-3) look to get back on the right track after two straight losses as they take on the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks (16-10-3) come into the game tonight after a 5-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche, a game in which they had to overcome a two-goal ...