The last time the Blackhawks (23-6-5) saw the Toronto Maple Leafs (16-14-3), they were welcoming Dave Bolland's new team to the United Center.
Unfortunately, due to an injury sustained in a game in Vancouver on November 2nd, Bolland will not be in the lineup this Saturday night. The Leafs are without two of their top centers, because Tyler Bozak is also on IR due to an oblique injury.
The Maple Leafs have been struggling as of late. Early in the season, Toronto had a solid spot in the playoff rankings. They have gone 5-3-2 in their past ten games, and have slipped to second place in the Eastern wild card standings, 3 points ahead of Ottawa.
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...
Ever since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the role of second line center has been a well-documented void that needs to be filled. Patrick Sharp, who filled the role during the run, was moved to wing in 2011, and since then the Hawks have had a parade of centers attempting to fill the role, including Marcus Kruger, Dave Bolland, and Patrick Kane. While Michael Handzus seems to be the semi-permanent solution for now, the question remains if he will be able to keep up his strong play as age and injuri...
The Blackhawks (20-5-4) were only able to enjoy the confines of the United Center for one game, a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Dallas, before packing up and hiting the road again. The Hawks travel to Minnesota to face the Wild (16-8-5), a team that has dropped three of their last four games after an otherwise impressive November.
The secret to the Wild's success lies largely in goaltender Josh Harding, who has put up outstanding numbers with a league-leading 1.45 GAA, and his stellar SV % of .939 trails only King's goalie Ben Scrivens. Minnesota currently sits in the first wild card position in the Western conference with 37 points, and a win could catapault them in...
In the final game of the Hawks long circus trip the team could not have asked for a better way to turn the page and close out the long road excursion. They may have started the trip wrong in Denver but closed solid in Phoenix. The game also was the second start for back up rookie goalie Antti Raanta and he did not disappoint.
For the first time this year, the Jobing Com Arena was completely sold out and of course there was a sea of red Indianhead jerseys a sight to the delight for Hawks fan back in Chicago. The Blackhawks fans were treated to the Hawks coming out of the gates flying as they utterly dominated the first period.
The Hawks finished off the Canada portion of their Circus road trip with a 3-2 SO win against the Dallas Stars, moving their record to 5-1-0 on the circus road trip. Corey Crawford stayed in strong in net on a night that the Hawks turned over the puck over far more often than usual, stopping 25 shots and denying 10 shooters in the shootout and earning his 100th NHL win in dramatic fashion.
The Stars got the first goal of the night after a bad play and miscommunic...
For the past five years, the Blackhawks have wrapped up their circus trip with a Thanksgiving weekend swing through California. This year the pattern changed, and they're ending the trip with back-to-back games in Dallas and Phoenix.
Dallas and Chicago last faced each other three weeks ago on November 9 in Dallas. The Blackhawks won that game 5-2 and hope to repeat the performance on Friday night.
The Blackhawks currently sit atop the league with 40 points. The Stars are last in the Central with 26 points, and sit 8 points out of a playoff position in the West. Were they in the Metropolitan Division, they'd be comfortably in second place, ahead of the Rangers...
Over the past few seasons, the offensively-gifted and speedy Edmonton Oilers have repeatedly hung a sizeable number of goals on Chicago when they've played each other, win or lose.
But Monday night was all about the Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring just over five minutes into the first, with an easy short-handed goal during a Ben Smith penalty. Toews had a breakaway with plenty of time to outskate the Oilers chasing him, and to get Edmonton's goalie to commit early.
Not to be outdone, Patrick Kane scored a power play goal a few minutes later, shooting over the prone Devan Dubnyk to make it 2-0 Blackhawks.