6-16-15: The Chicago Blackhawks officially became a dynasty last night after winning their third Stanley Cup in six years Monday night, 2-0 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the first time since 1938 that the Hawks won the Cup on their home ice. Duncan Keith won the Conn Smythe as the playoffs most valuable player. His 21 playoff points tied Chris Chelios for the most points by a Blackhawks defenseman in the postseason. It also tied Chris Pronger for the most points by a defenseman in the past 20 years, (Pronger had 21 in 2006 with the Oilers). Keith now has three Stanley Cups, two gold medals, and two Norris Trophies to his name. Kimmo Timonen ends his hockey career as a champion. The Hawks are the kings of the hockey world.
6-14-15: The Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of their third Stanley Cup in six years after their 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay Saturday night. Antoine Vermette scored two minutes into the third period to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. Vermette wasn't the sexiest addition before the trade deadline, but he has proven to be the most valuable. Tampa and Chicago have played 15 periods in this series and neither has held a two goal lead. Each game has been tied going into the third period. Chicago has a chance to win the Cup on their home ice for the first time Monday since 1938.
6-11-15: Brandon Saad ‘s goal 6:22 into the third period lifted Chicago to a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night, evening the series at 2-2. The much maligned Corey Crawford came up huge for Chicago in the final minutes. Crawford made 24 saves total for the Blackhawks, including one on Steven Stamkos from point blank range in the final minute. Here are some crazy stats regarding the Hawks. Chicago is now 41-14 in playoff games after game three of series with Joel Quenneville as their head coach. When a series is tied after game four is, Chicago has never lost when it is 2-2 since Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Quenneville have been together. The Blackhawks are 16-1 in the games afterward in those series. History is on Chicago’s side heading into game five Saturday night in Tampa.
6-9-15: While Nicki Minaj is getting ready for her upcoming summer tour to support her latest album the Pinkprint, the hip hop artist will be the new addition to the cast of the third installment in the comedy franchise “Barbershop 3. She will star as Draya, a sassy new hairdresser at the beauty shop.
6-6-15: Chicago failed to take control of the series Saturday night with their 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The
Hawks scored twice in less than two minutes in game one, and scored twice in a little more than
two minutes to take a 2-1 lead in game two. Andrew Shaw scored to make it 1-1 at 3:04 of the
second period, and rookie Teuvo Teravainen scored his second goal of the series at 5:20 of the
second period to put Chicago up 2-1. Unfortunately for Hawks fans, Chicago couldn’t hold the lead. Teravainen now has three goals in last five games played.
6-4-15: Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored less than two minutes apart late in the third
period as the Blackhawks held on for a 2-1 victory Wednesday night in game one of the Stanley
Cup Finals. This was Vermette's second game-winning goal in the last five games. He scored in
the second overtime of game four of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim. Chicago
was limited to just 13 shots through two periods, but exploded in the third period and dominated the duration of the game. Game two is Saturday night in Tampa.
6-3-15: The Chicago Blackhawks are back in familiar territory at the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in 5 years. This Blackhawks were also able to win a Game 7 on the road dispatching the Anaheim Ducks earning another trip to the Stanley Cup Final, where the Blackhawks look sixth Stanley Cup Championship. Blackhawks ticket for game 3 of this series next Monday at the United Center have a current average price of $1,362.34 on the secondary market and the cheapest seat priced at $412. Blackhawks tickets have an overall average price of $1,716.11 on the secondary market with Game 4 tickets at the United Center are at a whopping $1,582.42 on average on the secondary market. A potential Game 6 at United Center will see the most expensive tickets of the Final at a secondary average price of $2,147.94 and the cheapest seat to get in priced at $678.
5-28-15: Duncan Keith had three assists in less than four minutes in the second period as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 to force a game seven back in Anaheim Saturday
night. This was the fourth time in five game 6’s when trailing 3-2 in a series that this group of Hawks players have forced a final game. They are 1-2 in game 7’s defeating the Red Wings in the second round in 2013 but losing to the Canucks in the first round in 2011 and the Kings in last year’s conference final.
5-26-15: The Blackhawks are on the brink of elimination after their 5-4 overtime loss to Anaheim Monday night. Chicago gave up three goals in the first period without registering a shot of their
own. Down 4-2 with 1:50 left in the game, Jonathan Toews cut the Ducks lead to 4-3. Toews
then made it 4-4 with 37 seconds left on a low shot from the goal line. Unfortunately for Hawks fans, Anaheim scored 45 seconds into overtime to seal the win.
5-24-15: The Blackhawks gave up three goals in a span of 37 seconds Saturday night until Antoine Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second overtime to give Chicago a 5-4 win over the Ducks in
game four, and to tie the series at 2-2. Vermette was healthy scratch in game three. This was
Chicago's second multiple-overtime win in this series. The Hawks are 4-0 in overtime in these
playoffs and are the first team in NHL history to win four games that needed more than one overtime. Game five is set for Monday night in Anaheim.
5-22-15: After beating the Ducks 3-2 in triple overtime in game two, the Hawks returned home to the United Center looking to take a 2-1 series lead. Instead, the Hawks special teams let them down as they fell to the Ducks 2-1. Chicago was 0-for-5 on the power play in the game. They had over
seven minutes of power play time in the first period alone. Chicago’s penalty kill also gave up a
goal. Patrick Kane netted his eighth goal of the playoffs and first of the series. The Hawks are almost in a must win situation Saturday. They do not want to go back to Anaheim down 3-1.
5-20-15: Marcus Kruger’s triple overtime heroics propelled the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory, and evened the West Final a 1-1. Chicago scored twice on the power play in the opening seven minutes of the game. Andrew Shaw deflected Duncan Keith's shot from the point at 2:14 mark, and Marian Hossa was credited with Chicago's second goal at 6:19. The Ducks would strike back to tie the game at 2-2 before heading to overtime. Corey Crawford stopped a Chicago playoff record 60
shots in the win. The series will shift to Chicago for games three and four Thursday and Saturday.
5-17-15: Despite dominating the first period and stretches of game one, the Hawks find themselves down 1-0 in the series for the first time this postseason after their 4-1 loss in game one Sunday.
Chicago outshot Anaheim 16-7 and had 27 shot attempts to the Ducks’ 13 in the first period.
Still, they found themselves trailing after one. Brad Richards scored Chicago’s only goal with 40
second remaining in the second period. Chicago will need to capitalize on the power-play in game two after going 0-for-3 in game one.
5-8-15: For the fifth time in seven years, the Chicago Blackhawks will play in the Western Conference Final after they dispatched the Minnesota Wild in four games Thursday night. Chicago never
trailed in the series, but the clinching game did provide some drama Minnesota scored two goals
51 seconds apart with goaltender Devan Dubnyk on the bench. Here are some pretty remarkable stats. Chicago is 14-4 in potential series-clinching games since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews arrived in the Windy City back in 2007. The Hawks are 13-2 when it isn't game seven, and won for the 30th time this season without a loss (30-0-0) when leading after two periods. They will no face the winner of the Calgary vs. Anaheim series.
5-6-15: Corey Crawford made 30 saves and Patrick Kane scored, as the Hawks now move to within a victory of reaching the Western Conference Final for the third consecutive season with their 1-0 win over Minnesota Tuesday night. Kane, who missed the final seven weeks of the regular season, is second in the NHL with six goals and 11 points in the postseason. The Hawks can close out the Wild Thursday night.
5-2-15: The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period Friday night against the Wild. However, they gave that lead right back mid-way through the second period. Rookie Teuvo Teravainen would score his first career Stanley Cup Playoff goal with 59 seconds left in the second period to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win. This could be a long series folks.
4-28-15: The Hawks skated by Nashville in six games to advance to the second round where they will play the Minnesota Wild. For the second straight year, Chicago will play Minnesota. The Hawks and Wild met five times this season. Chicago won the first three in regulation and the Wild won the last two in regulation. The question remains who will start game one for Joel Quenneville? Both Scott Darling and Corey Crawford saw action against Nashville, and both looked shakyat times.
4-20-15: There just might be a goalie controversy brewing in Chicago. The Hawks came back from 3-0 down in game one to beat Nashville 4-3 in overtime. Corey Crawford got pulled after one period and Scott Darling came in and stopped made 42 saves on 42 shots. In game two, Crawford got lit up again for six goals as the Preds beat Chicago 6-2. Head coach Joel Quenneville elected to go with Darling in game three back at the United Center and it paid off as the Hawks won 4-2.
4-13-15: Chicago finished the season with four straight losses and was just 5-7 in their last 12 games. Their offense is sputtering and their defense is hurt and injured. Corey Crawford earned a share of his second Jennings Trophy in three seasons. This arguably was the best year of his career. Chicago will face Nashville in the opening round of the playoffs.
4-7-15: The Hawks has their four-game winning streak snapped Sunday by St. Louis. The Central is a log jam right. With their loss in regulation to the Blues, winning the division is difficult for Chicago. Getting the second seed in the division is the best-case scenario for the Blackhawks at this moment.
3-31-15:The Blackhawks went 2-2 this past week. They even had a wildcard spot before Sunday's win. With 98 points the team could probably lose all its remaining games and still make the postseason. It’s going to be hard for Chicago to jump into the top spot in the Central Division. They are only one point back of St. Louis for second place.
3-24-15: The Blackhawks had their four-game winning streak snapped this past Saturday in Dallas. They are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games played. Since the Blackhawks will open the playoffs without Patrick Kane earning a top two spot in the West would be ideal. That right now seems unlikely but they can still win the Central if they win their games in hand.
3-3-15: Chicago opened this week on a three-game losing streak and loss Patrick Kane for 12 weeks due to collarbone surgery. He could return for the conference finals. Chicago traded for veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen and center Antoine Vermette over the weekend. They also shipped off Ben Smith to San Jose for scrappy defenseman Andrew Desjardins.
2-9-15: The Blackhawks seven-game road trip came to an end this past week. They lost to Minnesota but
picked up wins against the Jets and the Blues. Overall, Chicago went 4-3-0 on the trip. They now
have eight straight games at the United Center. The Hawks aren't likely to fall any lower than
third place in the Central. Their goal now will be to overtake at least Nashville and or St. Louis.
Or maybe both?
2-4-15: The Blackhawks went 6-7 in January and haven’t looked real good in the process. They’ve
traded wins and losses for a better part than a month now and haven’t won more than two games
in a row since Thanksgiving. Could the Hawks be vulnerable this playoff season? It’s possible but the Hawks remain one the favorites in the East.
1-26-15: The Hawks struggled heading into the break with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games. Chicago could be getting back on track as they had a shootout win against Pittsburgh right before the break. They are tied with St. Louis in the Central with 62 points. Chicago is still the Cup favorites.
1-22-15: The Hawks are in a slump. After a 6-3 loss to the Stars on Sunday, the Blackhawks are 4-5-0 in their past nine games. Good news is they beat up on the Coyotes 6-1 Tuesday night. With the Predators suddenly losing, this is a chance for the Blackhawks to gain some ground in the Central. They play the Penguins Wednesday night before the All-Star break.
1-7-15: The Blackhawks had won three of their last four games prior to their 2-0 loss to Colorado Tuesday night. They did lose to the Capitals in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Chicago has cooled off a bit as they are 6-4-1 in their past 11 games. Corey Crawford continues to struggle since returning from injury two weeks ago. Do the Blackhawks think about acquiring a goaltender at the deadline?
12-24-14: Since starting the season 7-6-1, the Blackhawks are 16-4-1 in their past 21 games played. They suffered a 5-1 setback to the hands of the Jets Tuesday night. With 48 points in 35 games, the Blackhawks are sitting pretty. They will be in a dogfight for the Central Division with St. Louis and Nashville, but my money is on the Hawks to win that.
12-17-15: Chicago has lost exactly one game in its last 11, a 3-2 loss at the hands of the New York Islanders. Chicago has 22 wins and has plus-36 goal differential. They beat up on a Minnesota squad 5-3 Tuesday night. Overall, the Hawks are just rolling right now. They may not have the best record in the NHL, but they’re certainly the best overall team.
12-10-14: The Hawks have won 10 of their last 11 and seven in a row, winning those most recent seven games by a combined 25-12. Top-to-bottom they’re the best team in the league. They won't maintain this pace all season, but this is a team that will be dangerous come playoff time. The Hawks are +33 this season, which is tops in the NHL.
12-3-14: Chicago has won three straight games and six of their last seven. They defeated the Ducks 4-1 in Anaheim last Friday before traveling to Los Angeles and beating the Kings by the same 4-1 score. Kris Versteeg has 18 points in 20 total games this season. Chicago is starting to regain their form.
11-26-14: They had a three game winning streak snapped in Vancouver Sunday night but are 5-1-1 in their past seven games. The Blackhawks are five points behind the Blues and Predators for the division lead. After a sluggish start, the Blackhawks look to be hitting their stride. As always, thus team is measured by how they do in the postseason.
11-19-14: Chicago has won three of its last four games played and is starting to turn things around after some subpar weeks. They have two solid victories over San Jose and Dallas. They begin a road trip through the West on Thursday starting in Canada. It will be a significant challenge for Chicago. The Hawks will be okay once they get fully healthy.
11-12-14: The Blackhawks have won three out of four, including a shootout win over Tampa Tuesday night. Chicago has been treading water since a 4-0-1 start. Injuries have been a factor. They are one hot streak away from first place, but that may not happen with the way they are playing and with Patrick Sharp out a month with a knee injury.
11-5-14: The Blackhawks have won three out of their last six games played, including a 5-0 road win over
Montreal Tuesday. They’re off to a slow start to the regular season, but nobody should panic
regarding Chicago because they’re a contender. The Blackhawks did lose Patrick Sharp Tuesday
night who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
10-29-14: A two-game losing streak was snapped with a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
The Blackhawks went 2-2 last week, but were shutout 1-0 by Anaheim on Tuesday. They remain
in a battle with the Predators for the top spot in the Central Division. They are probably still the
favorite for the Stanley Cup. Their lack of depth on defense could become an issue at some point
10-22-14: Chicago has won four of five games this season and has a point in the other. That lone loss came at the hands of the Calgary Flames of all teams. Chicago outshot Calgary 50-18 in the game. The Blackhawks are once again a legitimate contender. It's not a surprise to see them starting the season so well. Patrick Sharp has 29 shots through five games this season.
10-15-14: The Blackhawks struggled early in their season opener against Dallas are 2-0. They did beat up on a pretty bad Buffalo team in game on of an early four-game homestand. I wouldn’t call Buffalo a true test. With Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, I’d argue they have the best two lines in the NHL. The under-appreciated Corey Crawford doesn’t get much fanfare around the league. He has a .930 save percentage and a 1.93 G.A.A.
10-10-14: With Jarome Iginla departing for more snowy pastures in Colorado, the Bruins will rely on Loui Eriksson to provide the scoring assault many have expected from him since he was acquired for Tyler Seguin. One thing that’s certain in Boston is stellar defensive play, and that starts and ends with netminder Tuukka Rask, who unbelievably allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of his 58 starts last season en route to his first Vezina Trophy.
Coming up one goal short of the Stanley Cup Final (and losing in overtime, no less) left a bitter taste in the Hawks’ mouth last season. Brad Richards was brought into provide more offense down the middle, but look for Brandon Saad to be a breakout star for the Hawks. Saad had a solid rookie campaign and is likely to play alongside Patrick Kane this season, which means he’ll have direct access to one of the league’s elite playmakers.
Blackhawks tickets against the Bruins for the February matchup have an average price of $343.30 on the secondary market. The get-in price for the game is $113.
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.
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.
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.