Chicago Blackhawks: What to expect going forward


Patrick Sharp

Thank God the Chicago Blackhawks and NHL are back. The lackluster Winter Olympics hockey tournament will give way to what really matters: the push towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks are in very good position to make another run at the Cup, but there are a few things to take note of prior to the postseason.

The Hawks head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers in an Original Six matchup Thursday evening. The game will be Chicago’s first game since breaking for the Olympics. The one thing to watch for in this game is how well the 10 Chicago Blackhawks who went to Sochi look back on North American soil. The Rangers will be without Olympian winger Mats Zuccarello because of a hand injury he sustained in Russia. [Read more...]

NHL Central Division pre-Olympic power rankings


Drunk Fans

The Chicago Blackhawks is just weeks away from breaking for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and look to be in a dogfight for division supremacy until the last day of the season.

The St. Louis Blues have been the improved team they were expected to be, and appear to be poised as a favorite to win the Stanley Cup in June. The still-surprising Colorado Avalanche are in the picture for the NHL Central Division crown. The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars have had their fair share of issues but remain in the playoff picture. [Read more...]

Who is in, out for Team Canada Hockey?


Team Canada Hockey

Team USA has been in the headlines after their roster announcement following the Winter Classic. Team Canada will dominate those same headlines January 7. Hockey Canada is rich with talent that could easily field two teams.

The roster listed below will be broken down into three categories: Goaltenders, Defensemen, and Forwards. Team Canada will take more centers than any other forward position because of their amazing depth. Their natural position will be in parentheses.

There is no right way to predict or project this roster, so take it as another educated guess that goes along with the countless others. [Read more...]

Could St. Louis Blues become Blackhawks new main rival?


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The St. Louis Blues are no Detroit Red Wings, but they might have to play the role of heel now anyway. Consider them the understudy, who will now play the role of villain for the rest of this show’s run. At least when it comes to someone for Chicago Blackhawks fans.

The Wings will always be most loathed, but with Detroit now in a different division and conference…well, it’s not going to be the Nashville Predators or Columbus Blue Jackets, that’s for sure.

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NHL Central Division:Blackhawks, then everyone else


Niklas Hjalmarsson

Hockey is almost back, and in honor of it’s return it is time to look at the Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the Central Division. [Read more...]

St Louis Blues affiliate Chicago Wolves have new logo


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The Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the St Louis Blues, revealed their specially designed alternate logo this week commemorating their 20th season of professional hockey.
The Wolves switched affiliation from the Vancouver Canucks to the St Louis Blues this offseason.

The four stars on the Wolves design represent the International Hockey League’s Turner Cups won in 1998 and 2000 and the American Hockey League’s Calder Cups won in 2002 and 2008.

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Wolves GM Wendell Young talks Blackhawks, Blues (exclusive)


Wendell Young was a goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL. Wendell Young is the only hockey player to have won a Memorial Cup (1982 Kitchener Rangers), a Calder Cup (1988 Hershey Bears), a Turner Cup (1998 and 2000 Chicago Wolves), and a Stanley Cup (with the 1991 and 1992 Penguins).

Today Wendell Young is General Manager of the Chicago Wolves, AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues. The Chicago Wolves were previously an affiliate with the Vancouver Canucks. I had an exclusive with him to talk hockey, especially the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

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2013 Mock NHL Draft Final


NHL Draft 2013

The NHL Draft is almost here.  The 2013 abbreviated NHL season is over for everyone, congrats Blackhawks,  and it’s time for them to look forward to the 2013 NHL Draft.  This year’s draft, Sunday, June 30, from sunny New Jersey, will be a jam packed, one day affair (thank you Gary Bettman and  your lockout), having all rounds condensed into one day.  Someone other than the Edmonton Oilers (congrats Colorado Avalanche) will finally pick first for the first time in years.  The question is who will go where?  To find out, continue after the jump, and see who will be the future hero of your team.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: backdrop for International Donut Wars


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Happy National Donut Day! There’s currently an international battle for donut supremacy being waged. And all of must take a side.

This donut war is being waged right in front of our eyes; every time we watch hockey. Every time you turn on NBC Sports to watch a hockey playoff game, take notice of the Tim Horton’s billboard in the corner of the rink.

Then look closer to center ice to see the Dunkin’ Donuts ad. Yes, for the first time since the War of 1812, the United States and Canada are at each other’s throats.

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NHL partners with gay rights group You Can Play


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The NHL is partnering with the You Can Play Project for what is likely the biggest promotional campaign ever by a four major sport league in support of gay rights, The New York Times reports.

The NHL is taking a big step forward ahead of MLB, NFL and the NBA.

You Can Play is an organization dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports, and the locker room is certainly one of the last remaining bastions of homophobia in our society. It can actually be an atmosphere very hostile to gays; you know the kind of language that gets used there. It’s not exactly politically correct.

So what the NHL is doing is a tremendous sign of great progress.

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‘Déjà Vu All Over Again’ for St. Louis Blues Ken Hitchcock?


 

Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues, hot off of their stellar 2011-2012 season, thundered out of the gate in the shortened 2013 (2012-2013) campaign, posting a 6-1-0 record.  However, during the past four games, they’ve posted a 0-3-1 mark, the last three games of which have been at the once-friendly confines of Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Ken Hitchcock has seen this before.

What’s disturbing about the last four games is how badly the once-stingy Blues, particularly during their impressive 45-13-11 run under the tutelage of the reigning Jack Adams (Coach of the Year in the National Hockey League – NHL) award recipient Ken Hitchcock, have been at keeping the puck out of their own net, surrendering an average of 5.25 goals per game.  Last season, the Blues led the NHL in surrendering an average of only 1.86 goals/game but are currently ranked 25th in the NHL, surrendering 3.12 goals/game.  Statistically, it’s even more of a concern as, prior to the 21 goals surrendered over the past four games, the Blues were only giving up an even 2.0 goals/game over their first seven games played.  Even more disturbing is that the Blues were only allowing 19 shots/game over their first seven games but have since surrendered almost 26 shots/game.

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Ten Truths For The 2013 NHL Season


 

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Finally, after months and months of everyone involved being morons, causing 113 days, 625 games, and the biggest outdoor hockey game in history to be cancelled, hockey fans can finally say “Game On!”  The NHL has a new 10-year labor agreement, and is set to start the shortened, 48 game 2013 season on Saturday, January 19.  Find out ten things you need to know about the upcoming NHL season.  These ten statements can pretty much be guaranteed to happen in the next 99 days of hockey.  To find out what stories are locks for this year, continue after the jump.

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