It was Patrick Sharp's birthday on Friday, and he celebrated by notching a hat trick plus an assist in Chicago's 7-2 win over the Avalanche.
Coming off the league-wide three-day Christmas break, Colorado looked like a team that was still on vacation as they were constantly out-skated and out-played by the Blackhawks.
First-year Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said prior to the game that he expected the Blackhawks to win the division by a good margin. But Colorado had a strong start to the season and can still be expected to be in playoff position in the spring - so long as they don't play too many games as bad as last night's.
It took just 12 seconds for the Blackhawks to show how good they are this season.
That's how long it took for Jonathan Toews to put in the first goal of the game, with assists from Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa.
The Blackhawks would go on to notch their third shut out of the season, taking the win 3-0 in St. Louis. In an unusual circumstance, Chicago goalie Corey Crawford played just one period - the first - before Ray Emery took the net for the rest of the game. As Crawford was on the ice for the GWG, he is credited with the win; but neither goalie was credited with a shut out.
Crawford is reported to have an "upper body injury" that is &quo...
As the season is about to begin, the TCL team of Blackhawks writers give their predictions for the abbreviated (2012-) 2013 season. (Writers are listed alphabetically.)
CHERYL ADAMS (@HockeyBroad)
Central division will finish: 1) Blues, 2) Blackhawks, 3) Nashville, 4) Detroit, 5) Columbus
This is going to be an interesting year in the Central. The Blues have proven persistent and should look to repeat from last year. It's a tough call between the Preds and the Red Wins, but the Preds are hungrier for the Cup and will look to prove themselves after finally breaking into the second round. It's a rebuilding year for the Wings after losing their ...
Finally! After a long 82 game schedule the Blues can really get down to business. Champions are not made in the regular season, but are made through the playoffs. This time around, this St. Louis Blues team could make a strong run. They have the home ice set for at least the first two rounds, and looking at their record at home they could not ask for anything better coming into their first playoff game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
But is home ice enough for these youthful Blues to take down a perennial Western Conference powerhouse in the Sharks? This preview should be able to sort all those questions out and more.
Hi, my name is Christian Koebel and I'm the newest blogger brough on by The Checking Line. It seems that, like NHL.com, The Checkling Line had to scramble when they realized the Blues might be a real time. Unlike NHL.com, they've decided to bring people on to cover them, instead of totally ignoring they exist. I'm one of those people.
I've been a Blues fan all my life, ever since my father would watch games on KPLR. The first names I remember hearing are Oates, Janney, Hull, and Riendeau, which puts me at about 1991ish, or when I was seven years old. I've been "bleeding blue" ever since (though I really don't like that phrase...
Well it has been that kind of fairy tale year for the St. Louis Blues and their faithful fans, something we have all been waiting for, as the Blues ride right back to the top of the NHL standings (don't want to jinx it, but this fan thinks they will comfortably stay there). After last nights win against central division foes, the Nashville Predators, the Blues climbed to the top of the league, two points ahead of the East leading New York Rangers, who still sit with a game in hand however.
That was not all the Blues had to celebrate about last night, as the team also set some very impre...
The St. Louis Blues have announced that they have signed 2010 first overall pick (14th overall), Jaden Schwartz, to an entry level deal. He is set to join the team on Tuesday night when the Blues take on the Chicago Blackhawks.
Schwartz's Colorado College dropped their best-of-three series against underdog Michigan Tech, losing two straight games. The last, in a 4 - 3 overtime loss to the visiting Huskies on home ice at the World Arena in Colorado.
Jaden Schwartz, the Blues first round pick in 2010, will join the team after his Colorado College Tiger's lost in the Playoffs. Schwartz signed an entry level deal with the Blues today.
The goaltending in St. Louis this year can not be described as nothing less than spectacular. Today it gained another notch in the belt, as the team gears up for a playoff run, when Jaroslav Halak was named the third star of the week by the NHL.
Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has gained more recognition, other than the praise of his teammates, after being named 3rd Star of the week by the NHL.
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Halak's accomplishment adds him to the short list of Blues players who also have been named one of the third stars throughout this season by the NHL. Back in November, other Blues goaltender Brian Elliot was named the third star and so was...
When the Blues take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus in a few minutes time, where they are playing their first of a seven game road trip, they will be looking to win their fifth straight game for the first time this year.
After beating Columbus last night, as well as the Ducks, Hawks and Sharks in the past week, a win will mean the first time all season that the Blues can string a five game winning streak together. Even though they have had plenty of chances to do so throughout the year.
Surprised? Well your not the only one.
What makes matters worse is, of the six times that they have had chances to put five wins together the only non-playoff team that has stop...
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...