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Blackhawks vs Ducks: battle of two Western big boys

Tonight in California, the Blackhawks (30-16-2) play the Anaheim Ducks (32-11-6). The season series between these two stands at 1-1, and the last time that these two played, the Ducks were limping through injuries, and Chicago beat them 4-1 on the Circus Trip.

The Ducks are licking their wounds after losing 6-3 to the San Jose Sharks last night after what has been a solid 8-2-0 run. The Blackhawks are coming off their 4-3 loss to the Kings on Wednesday night. Both teams will be looking for a better performance tonight, so it will probably be physical, high-pace game.

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf was an alternative captain for Jonathan Toews' All-Star team, but th...

Blackhawks face Kings to kick off two-week road trip

The last time the Blackhawks (30-15-2) faced the Los Angeles Kings, they enjoyed a 4-1 win on Staples Center ice to close out the Circus Trip.

This time around, they're opening up their second western swing of the season against the Stanley Cup defenders, who are looking a little less royal as of late. The Kings have struggled this season, going 20-15-12; they sit at 5th in the Pacific/9th in the West with 52 points -- looking up in the standings at the Calgary Flames (26-19-3/55 points).

A few years ago, the Blackhawks-Canucks rivalry was one of the best in the West; today, it's been firmly replaced by Chicago-LA. They've now knocked each other out of th...

Blackhawks seek to break mid-season slump after loss to Stars

The Blackhawks hosted the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Sunday night, and it was a bad game. After the game, head coach Joel Quenneville called it a "carbon copy" of the loss to the Jets on Friday night.

Based on the score sheet, you can see how things went. Chicago outshot Dallas 41-34 (77-53 if you include blocked shots and missed shots), went 48% of the dot, but ultimately trailed 6-3. The Stars made it 2-0 by the 11-minute mark of the period on Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin goals - and the second goal was short-handed. While Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (PPG) would even things up 2-2 for the home team, Vernon Fiddler would give the lead 3-2 back to the Stars...

Blackhawks beat Wild; play vs improving Oilers on Friday

The Avalanche had a "goalie win" versus the Blackhawks earlier this week; last night, Chicago did the same versus the Wild.

There's been few games this season where the Blackhawks have been held under 25 SOG; last night, they had just 20 - but 4 of them were goals, including one empty-netter.

Chicago broke the streak they were on by scoring first, for the first time in seven games, a Patrick Sharp goal 5:08 into the opening period. Patrick Kane would stretch the lead to 2-0 by the end of the period with a power play goal on Thomas Vanek's 5-minute penalty.

Jason Zucker put the Wild on the board just 1:03 into the second.

But de...

Hawks face off against Preds at home

After a flat finish against the Winnipeg Jets before they started their Holiday break, the Blackhawks came out with a purpose against the Avalanche, cruising to a 5-2 victory, and will look to be keeping that momentum going heading into a game against the Predators.

 

This is Chicago’s final game before the much anticipated Winter Classic on Thursday against the Washington Capitals, so a win here could also help the Blackhawks ...

Hawks power past Avs to win 5-2

As has become tradition in the last few years on his birthday, Patrick Sharp scored a goal and the Hawks picked up a win, defeating the Avalanche 5-2 in Denver on Saturday night. Corey Crawford found redemption after getting pulled in his last start, stopping 23 shots while opposing netminder Calvin Pickard cooled off after being red-hot in his last three games.

 

Brent Seabrook earned first star of the game honors, picking up a goal in the win and taking away a golden...

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...

End A Streak, Begin A Streak.

Once again, the New York Islanders found themselves in a must win game to keep themselves away from what became far too common last year; a prolonged losing streak.

Islanders Host Blackhawks Looking to Snap Skid

The Islanders will host the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum as they will look to snap their three-game losing streak. It will be a daunting task for the Isles against the Central Division-leading Blackhawks who bring a 20-8-1 record into tonight's matchup.