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Hawks shutout against division rivals Preds; fall in Central division standings

The Hawks have had trouble with the Nashville Predators all season, and after a reassuring win against the Hurricanes on Friday, went back to square one in a shutout loss agains their division rivals.  Pekka Rinne would make 29 saves in a lackluster effort by Chicago, who’s inconsistent play is becoming more concerning as the playoffs approach.  The loss dropped Chicago six points behind the division-leading Blues, who earned two more points today in a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

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Hawks head to the Olympics; USA/Canada player preview

 

After ending the first part of their season on a road trip where they went 2-1-3, the Blackhawks, along with the rest of the NHL, will have a 2 week break as the Winter Olympic games commence in Sochi, Russia.  Four of the 10 Hawks competing in the games will play for the two North American teams, as Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will return for their second Olympic games after winning gold with Team Canada in Vancouver, while Patrick Sharp will make his Olympic debut for the Canadians. Meanwhile, Patrick Kane will be the only Hawk to represent the stars and stripes of Team USA in hi...

Flyers Fall Short In Comeback Attempt

I tying goal in the final minutes looked eerily familiar to Tuesday's game.

But failure to get the second point in the shootout ended the Flyers bid at a second straight comeback win as they lost 4-3 to the Predators on Thursday. They walked away with the loser point, which dropped their record to 24-19-5 and keeping them in a tie for second place with the Rangers.

Getting that first point, though, showed the fighting nature this Flyers team has had in recent games. Third period comebacks have become a dangerous aspect of the Flyers recent play.

Hawks defeat Predators as PP keeps rolling

 

The Hawks looked to keep rolling as they travelled to Nashville to face off against the Predators and former Hawks Carter Hutton and Viktor Stalberg.  The last time the Hawks played in the Nashville rink this season, they were thoroughly beaten 7-2, but tonight walked away with a 3-1 win.  Bryan Bickell made his return after missing roughly a month with a lower body injury, while Antti Raanta made 27 saves and Patrick Kane scored his team-leading 20th goal in the victory.

The Hawks got on the board early with a wicked shot by Duncan K...

Blackhawks suffer 7-2 loss in Nashville; head home to face Sharks on Sunday

It's not often that the Blackhawks give up a handful or more goals to the Predators. Prior to tonight's 7-2 loss, Chicago last gave up 6 or more goals to Nashville on March 25, 2012.

The Predators made it 2-0 in less than a minute when Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling both scored in the middle of the first period.

After the second goal, Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was injured; Corey Crawford came in to play the rest of the game.

Nashville would stretch their lead to 3-0 with a power play goal 9:02 into the second, and then make it 4-0 with less than two minutes left in the frame.

Patrick Kane broke the shutout shortly after to get t...

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 5: Front Office Is to Blame

The Flyers came to a crossroads two offseasons ago.

They could have gone in one or two directions. One side of the path had them rebuilding the team, pushing a youth movement that would make them a dangerous contender in a couple years. The other path was the same win-now mentality the Flyers have had for the last two decades, resulting in a couple Stanley Cup berths and a handful of Conference Finals appearances.

Unfortunately, general manager Paul Holmgren tried to travel down both paths at once and wound up falling flat on his face this season.

(Photo: Wayne Simmonds (front) and Sean Couturier (back) were both a part of the youth movement. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

What Went Wrong in 2013 Part 3: Decimated By Injuries

In sports, the phrase "injuries are part of the game" is used quite often. However, the popular phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Philadelphia Flyers during the shortened 2012-2013 regular season.

To put things into perspective, the Flyers lost 264 man games to injury or illness.

Some things were known heading into the season such the fact that defenseman Chris Pronger wouldn't see any action as he recovers from a concussion. The Flyers didn't have quite as much depth at the forward position as they did the season prior.

(Scott Hartnell. Photo by John Russo/The Checking Line)

Game Preview: Flames vs Nashville Predators

With the season winding to an end, the Flames head into Nashville tonight to face the Preds, looking for a season-high fourth straight win. The Predators on the other hand have struggled down the stretch, going 1-7-2 in their last ten, and currently sit in 14th place in the Western Conference, just two points ahead of the Colorado Avalanche.

Game Preview: Blackhawks vs. Predators

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The Chicago Blackhawks head home to Madison Street as they face off against the Nashville Predators. This will be one of three meetings the teams will have this week.

The Blackhawks are coming off of a 7-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings. The strength of the minor league system was on full display. Jeremy Morin and Brandon Saad made key contributions in yesterday’s win.

The Predators are led by defensemen Shea Weber, Roman Josi and forward Martin Erat. The Blackhawks continue to get strong play from Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Saad.

The Blackhawks continue to be among the league leaders in goals for and ...

Timonen Signing an Unavoidable Necessity

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they extended Kimmo Timonen's contract by one year at a cap hit of $6 million. Many may not be happy about it, but the Flyers had to do it. It's really as simple as that.

What else were they going to do? If they lost Timonen, arguably their best defenseman and most capable puck mover, where would this team be in the standings? They most certainly would not be a playoff team. The roster only shows one other capable puck moving defenseman in Braydon Coburn.