5-27-14: In Game 2, the Blackhawks were twenty minutes away from going to Los Angeles with a 2-0 series lead. Instead, they gave up five unanswered goals en route to a 6-2 loss. Now, after Game 3 Chicago finds themselves down 2-1 in the series. Three minor penalties explained why the Blackhawks lost 4-3 to the Kings this past Saturday. Three of Los Angeles’ four goals came as a direct result of the penalties. Chicago has now allowed 10 goals to the Kings in the past 82 minutes of playing time.
5-19-14: Chicago is back in the Western Conference Final for the fourth time in six years. Brandon Saad had one goal and one assist this past Sunday afternoon to lift the Blackhawks past Los Angeles Kings, 3-1, in Game 1 as Chicago takes a 1-0 series lead. Duncan Keith registered a goal in the contest as well, which was the first goal for a Blackhawks defensemen since the opening round against St. Louis. The Blackhawks improved to 7-0 this postseason at United Center.
5-12-14: Chicago improved to 6-0 at home this postseason with their victory over the Wild this past Sunday. The Blackhawks lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can make their second straight trip to the Western Conference Final with a victory in Game 6 this Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. Bryan Bickell's six goals are tied the NHL playoff lead. The Hawks are still not clicking on all cylinders, yet they have found a way to play ugly hockey and win games.
5-5-14: After dispatching the Blues in six games during round one, the Blackhawks caught a break when Minnesota beat Colorado in Game 7. Colorado would have given Chicago a much tougher test than Minnesota has. The Hawks find themselves up 2-0 heading to St. Paul after dominating Games 1 and 2 at the United Center. The Hawks have now won six consecutive playoff games are now 16-2 in home playoff games over the last two seasons. Andrew Shaw didn’t play in Game 2 with an apparent lower-body injury, but is expected to travel with the team to Minnesota.
4-28-14: After losing the first two games in overtime, the Blackhawks won four straight over the Blues to move one step closer to becoming the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. Chicago’s star players played like the stars they are. Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith each had seven points. Patrick Kane and Brent Seabrook were right behind them with six. Seabrook even missed three games because of his suspension. Toews' three goals were all game-winners, including his overtime goal in Game 5. Kane scored three goals, including the overtime winner in Game 4. Keith had four points in Game 6, including an assist on the Toews' winner.
4-21-14: Chicago finds themselves in trouble down 0-2 in the series going back to Chicago for game three. They dropped both games in St. Louis with game one going to triple overtime and game two ending in overtime. Defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2. It’s a huge loss for the Hawks who averages over 30 minutes of ice time a game.
4-14-14: Chicago threw away a healthy position in an incredibly competitive Central Division over the season's last 20 games and closed out the regular season with losses to Washington and Nashville. No team in the NHL had a better record against the league's top goal-differential teams. The Hawks had won nine of 12 contests, something that may bode well for a difficult first-round series against the Blues.
4-7-14: The Blackhawks won three straight games this past week. The wins came without the services of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who are both out with injury. Time is running out to catch the Avalanche for second place in the division, but there's still a shot. The Blackhawks are 26-6-7 at home and 19-12-8 on the road, which means home ice could be quite important.
3-31-14: The Blackhawks might need to push the panic button. They are 4-6-1 in their last eleven games, losing their last three games. The Blackhawks could possibly be wearing down. They miss Patrick Kane and Finnish prospect Teuvo Teravainen has zero points in two games. They’re still the champions until someone knocks them off. With that being said, a potential first round matchup versus Colorado could be a dandy of a series.
3-25-14: The Blackhawks went 2-1-1 this past week, which included a puzzling a 2-0 loss to the Predators. The Hawks will probably have to settle for second in the Central. They are six points back of the Blues, who have played one fewer game than the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are 6-5-1 since returning from the Olympic break. Patrick Kane is out three-four weeks with a leg injury and the Hawks would need him back healthy in order to make another deep postseason run.
3-17-14: Chicago had two wins this past week over Buffalo and Detroit. The Hawks haven’t been playing their best hockey as of late but that does not mean teams should take them lightly. They’re still the most dangerous offensive team in the NHL. One has to knock of the champs to become the champs and thus far, nobody has done that. They have the experience, talent, and drive to be a force again this playoff season.
3-10-14: The Blackhawks find themselves four points back from the top of the division. With no major deadline moves, the Blackhawks seem content to coast into the postseason. I don’t know if that’s such a smart move. The defending champs will be dangerous come playoff time, but their main focus should be tracking down St. Louis for the division title. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s possible with a talented team like the Hawks.
3-4-14: The Blackhawks dominated in the cold weather at Soldier Field, man handling the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1. The 'Hawks led 40-32 in shots on goal. Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, and Kris Versteeg each had one goal, while Jonathan Toews added 2. James Neal accounted for Pittsburgh's lone score in the third period.
3-3-14: They played just two games coming out of the Olympic break, losing a close one on the road to the Rangers 2-1 before beating the Penguins 5-1 at Soldier Field Saturday night. They're in the mix for the top spot in the West, but the Blues are pushing for first place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks did send 10 players to the Sochi Olympics and it will be interesting to see how the team plays down the stretch after so many players didn't get a rest.
2-28-14: The Blackhawks fell to the New York Rangers 2-1 last night at Madison Square Garden giving up goals from Derick Brassard and Rick Nash. Recent acquisition Peter Regin chipped in the Blackhawks only score. The team will take the ice at Soldier Field tomorrow for the Stadium Series game vs the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2-27-14: Ticket prices for the Stadium Series at Soldier Field have dropped 22% this week. Current cheapest ticket is $111. It is the 'Hawks 3rd cheapest game of the season. The Blackhawks will take on the Rangers tonight in New York City for their first game back from the Olympic break.
2-26-14: Recent Blackhawks acquisitions Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are fitting in nicely in Chicago. Regin is particularly happy after coming over from the Islanders just prior to the Olympic Break. He's been quoted praising the organization, players, city, and the team's winning culture. The Islanders currently sit at last place in the Metropolitan Division.
2-25-14: Ticket prices for the Blackhawks Stadium Series game vs Pittsburgh have fallen 11% in the past 7 days. As of Tuesday, the game features an average re-sale price of $258. It's highest price point was September 23rd at $697. The puck drops at Soldier Field shortly after 8pm this Saturday.
2-10-14: The Blackhawks went 3-1-1 down the stretch before the Olympic break. They've scored just eight goals in their past four games. The Blues have tracked them down in the Central Division, and a few other teams are making up ground. They'll need to be better after the break if they want home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Patrick Kane has quietly hit a wall in 2014. In 18 games this year, he has just four goals and six assists.
2-3-14: The Hawks collected points in all three games this week, going 1-0-2 in the first part of a seven-game road swing. The Blackhawks sit second in the NHL and the only question for the team is how best to address some weaknesses they have that cropped up during in January. They need to find some secondary scoring and expect Chicago to be active players at the trade deadline. They could be one piece away from being a Stanley Cup dynasty.
1-27-14: The Blackhawks are having a January to forget as they lost in regulation at home to the Jets this past Sunday for their third straight setback. They are 4-2-5 this month. These losses are hampering their chances to win the West as they need to turn things around quickly, as the Blues are nipping at their heels. Patrick Kane has only one goal in his past 13 games. He had 23 goals in his first 41 games.
1-20-14: Chicago has picked up the pace of late and now has won three of its last four games played and has points in 14 of their 16 games. Chicago still seems relatively secure in the Central Division, with a six-point lead on St. Louis and an eight-point lead on Colorado. The penalty kill has been an Achilles' heel for the Blackhawks. Only the New York Islanders have posted a worse efficiency rating than Chicago's 77.2 percent kill rate.
1-13-14: The Blackhawks have lost four of their six games but have managed to earn a point in three of those losses. A slump like this shouldn't have a major effect on a team as good as the Blackhawks, but it has them on the verge of slipping out of the lead in the Central. The Blackhawks have 15 goals in their past seven games and for a team that has averaged more than 3.5 goals per game all season, that statistic is a bit weird to see.
1-7-14: The defending champions are a lock for the playoffs and the only question is whether they will be able to secure first in the league during the regular season or not. Patrick Kane had a difficult past week, putting up one assist and a minus-one rating in four games. It brought an end to a 14-game point streak in which he posted 25 points. He missed posting points in every December game he played by just a single contest.
12-30-13: Chicago is 2-0-2 in their past four games, which could be categorized as a slump for the powerhouse. That’s how good the Hawks are. The only question for the Blackhawks is what seed they will be for the playoffs. They are dominant force that will likely find them winning a second straight Presidents' Trophy. Since Corey Crawford went down with a groin injury three weeks ago, the Blackhawks are 7-1-3. Patrick Kane could be considered a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season.
12-23-13: The Blackhawks are 5-1-1 in their last seven games. The only real question about the Hawks in the regular season is whether they'll win the Presidents' Trophy or not. Currently, they sit one point back of Anaheim. Antti Raanta, the highly-touted Finnish free agent who chose Chicago over Edmonton, should feel good about that decision. With Corey Crawford and Nikolai Khabibulin injured, Raanta has gone 7-2-1 with a .920 save percentage. Not too shabby at all. .
12-16-13: The only loss sustained by the Hawks this week was a 7-3 loss in Toronto this past Saturday. They snapped the Kings' six-game winning streak Sunday with a 3-1 win and have outscored opponents 22-7 in their past four wins. Chicago continues to hold the top spot in the league standings. The Blackhawks have 94 even-strength goals this season, which is more than the total goals for 21 teams. The Hawks are poised to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.
12-9-13: The defending champs had a tough week. The Blackhawks played Dallas (50 shots to 18) tight but lost by one goal, and then followed that up with one-goal losses to Minnesota and Anaheim. They finished off the week off with a weaker opponent last Sunday as Chicago beat Florida in a 6-2 decision. Here is an interesting stat for you. The Blackhawks have dressed 25 skaters this season, and besides Michal Rozsival (minus-one) and Brad Mills (minus-one) every one has a positive plus/minus. That includes Patrick Kane, who started the year at minus-nine but now sits at plus-two.
12-2-13: The Blackhawks played four games in six days, all on the road, and won them all this week. That’s why they have the best overall record in the NHL. Few teams in the NHL can rival and match the depth and quality of the Chicago attack up front. The Hawks have 12 players in double-digit point totals right now, and five with more than 20 points. Patrick Kane leads all Chicago forwards with 16 goals, 14 assists, for 30 points in 28 games played.
11-25-13: Chicago currently sits only one point back in the Western Conference behind Anaheim, and picked up two victories this past week. They dismantled the Jets, 6-3, last Thursday and squeaked by the Canucks 2-1. Their lone loss though was a disappointing one as they fell to the upstart Avalanche 5-1. It’s time for people to consider Jonathan Toews in the same breath as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Toews is second on the team in scoring with 23 points and is the Hawks best overall player. Heck, he maybe the NHL’s best overall player.
11-18-13: The Hawks had a pretty good week despite getting throttled by Nashville 7-2. Chicago toppled the Coyotes in a shootout and beat the Sharks 5-1 in a lopsided affair. Remember when I wrote a few week’s back about Patrick Kane being a minus-nine? Well, Kane is a plus-six in his last six games and has four goals and 11 points during that stretch. Kane is riding a seven game point streak and the Hawks have the league’s best overall record.
11-12-13: The Blackhawks are starting to play like the defending Stanley Cup Champions they are. They posted three wins this past week over Dallas, Winnipeg, and Edmonton. The Blackhawks record away from the United Center is an impressive 5-1-1. They are also an impressive 7-1-3 in the Madhouse on Madison. Their plus-17 goal differential is good for fourth in the Western Conference. Chicago may want to think about acquiring a capable backup goalie for Corey Crawford as Nikolai Khabibulin appears to have lost his game.
11-5-13: The Blackhawks netted seven out of a possible eight points this week. Their only blemish came to the hands of Reto Berra and the Calgary Flames who beat the Hawks 3-2 Sunday in overtime. Patrick Kane’s minus-9 rating is an embarrassment. Offensively, Kane has been doing what he always does registering eight goals and five assists for 13 points in 15 games played. Defensively, Kane has been a ghost and hasn’t played well at all.
10-29-13: A shootout win and an overtime loss to the NHL’s Florida teams doesn’t bode well for a team that has high aspirations this year. Corey Crawford looked shaky in goal in a 5-3 home loss to the Minnesota Wild. The Hawks are tops in the league in score-close Corsi, which means they outshoot their opponents better than anyone else in the league when the game is still in question. Patrick Kane’s minus-9 is a glaring concern.
10-21-13: The Hawks have only one regulation loss in eight games played thus far. Head coach Joel Quenneville continues to change his lineup night in and night out to generate more offense. Chicago has only given up eight goals in their last five games. They have also outshot their opponents by an 8.6 average per game. The scary thing about the Hawks is Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp have yet to find their scoring touch. Watch out NHL when they do.
10-14-13: The Hawks are still the team to beat until someone knocks them off. They wrapped up a four point weekend with wins against the Islanders and Sabres. Jonathan Toews is off to another strong start this season. The captain has two goals, and two assists in the Hawks’ first five games. The second line center spot has been a question mark though for Chicago. Rookie Brandon Pirri was recalled from Rockford of the AHL and replaced Jimmy Hayes before the Sabres games last Friday.
10-7-13: On banner raising night, Chicago defeated the Washington Capitals 6-4 in a wildly entertaining affair. They encountered a bit of a letdown suffering a 3-2 shootout loss to Tampa Bay. They are still the best team in the west conference until someone proves otherwise. Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya have been rocks on the backend.
9-4-13: NHL.com has the Chicago Blackhawks as favorites to repeat their 2013 Stanley Cup Championship in 2013-14 due to their stability, but it’s proven difficult in the modern NHL.
The Blackhawks have made minor changes to their championship roster. Goaltender, Ray Emery is gone, Nikoli Khabibulin is in. Right Wing, Michael Frolik is gone, as well as, Dave Bolland who scored the cup-clinching goal in game 6. Coach, Joel Quenville hopes that keeping his core satisfies the formula enough to take another shot at a historical season and potentially open the season with another 24 game non-regulation loss streak and ultimately a repeat Stanley Cup Championship.
The realignment looks to be in favor of Chicago, now that Detroit has moved to the east. The St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild are the biggest threat to Chicago’s dynasty, and the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets are itching to prove themselves just as elite to compete with the Windy City warriors.
8-3-13: The Blackhawks have ageed on a three-year extension for head coach Joel Quenneville.
Blackhawks 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #30: Ryan Hartman, RW
Pick #51: Carl Dahlstrom, D
Pick #74: John Hayden, C
Pick #111: Robin Norell, D
Pick #121: Tyler Motte, C
Pick #134: Luke Johnson, C
Pick #181: Anthony Louis, C
Pick #211: Robin Press, D
6-25-13: The Chicago Blackhawks have won the 2013 Stanley Cup defeating the Boston Bruins 4 games to 2. In game 6 the Blackhawks scored twice in final 76 seconds -- 17 seconds apart -- to win 3-2.