2015-16 Chicago Bulls Schedule Released; dates to circle

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The Chicago Bulls will tip off their 50th season on Tuesday, Oct. 27  at the United Center versus Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will be televised nationally on TNT, and tips at 7 local time. Turner Sports announced that this season will feature 10 appearances by the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers, nine appearances by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, and seven appearances by the Houston Rockets.

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NHL Power Rankings

Now that we’re into the month of December, we can now see which teams have are legitimate Stanley Cup playoff contenders and which teams have begun their descent towards the NHL draft lottery.  To coin a phrase once used to jumpstart a struggling team, “It starts now.”

With that, here are the power rankings for the week ending December 10th:

By Ed Cmar

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Detroit and Columbus Give Blackhawks two Divisional Mountains to Climb

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When I covered the 2009 NHL Western Conference Finals, I saw firsthand when the Detroit Red Wings soundly defeated the Chicago Blackhawks. Actually, I saw Detroit own Chicago the way Goldman Sachs owns the United States government, and it made me realize the only way the Blackhawks were ever going to win the Cup was if they did during a Detroit down year.

Sure enough last year, the Hawks peaked before the implosion of salary cap grenade, and at the same exact time Detroit suffered a ton of broken wings. But now that those Wings have all healed, and the road back to the top of division goes through the Motor City; and Columbus too.

I don’t see St. Louis or Nashville as a legitimate threat, but if the Hawks are goign to turn this epitome of mediocrity that is 2010-11 into a worthwhile season, they’ll have get past both the Red Wings and the Blue Jackets.

By Paul M. Banks

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Can the Blackhawks Recover From Their Stanley Cup Hangover?

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It still may be too early to call it but it looks like the Blackhawks are in for a rough season. Following their four-game winning streak, they played several inconsistent games. Following Wednesday night’s disappointing loss to the New Jersey Devils, the league’s worst team, spirits sank low in the locker room. After the three-game losing streak on home ice, the player’s were visibly beginning to lose their fervor. Quenneville cut Saturday’s skate short due to his frustration with the lack of effort he saw on the ice.

“Personally, I’m not happy,” the team’s captain Toews sighed “I’m pretty sure that everyone feels the same way. Maybe that’s our problem. People keep saying, ‘It could be worse.’ Well, I think this is, in our minds, as bad as it can get”

So, how did the defending champions end up here in this position and how the hell do they plan on making it back to the top?

By: Harrini Krishnan

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Nick Leddy Not Ready for Big Leagues?

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This past Sunday, Chicago Blackhawks’ rookie defenseman Nick Leddy, acquired midseason last year from the Minnesota Wild, was sent to Rockford of the AHL: a decision that still has fans scratching their heads.

At nineteen, Leddy was the youngest defenseman to appear in a Blackhawks’ season-opening game since 1999.  Despite his young age and inexperience, Leddy has managed to steadily up his game since his not-so-brilliant debut Thursday night, in the season-opening 4-3 loss to the Avalanche. He had played all six games with one goal and a -1 rating.

It seems apparent that Leddy, although seemingly nervy and inexperienced, was fresh talent for the Blackhawks to take advantage of. Although his skills were raw and at times his judgment was unpolished, as a rookie, his game was on the upswing.

By: Harrini Krishnan

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2010–2011 Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview

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It’s that time of year again!!! The air is getting colder, and the sweaters are coming out.  The hockey sweaters that is.  Well maybe not today exactly in Chicago- it’s actually perfect and 75 out today. And it’ll be almost 80 this weekend. But eventually, probably a few games into the regular season, it will get cold, and it will be officially hockey season. Opening Day of the NHL 2010-11 season is here and today, we take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks, and what to expect for the season.

As you can see from the picture above, Patrick Kane and company, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, are the toast of the town, America’s #1 sports town.

By: Bryan Vickroy

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Stanley Cup riding Shotgun at Gas Station (Picture)

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Last weekend — the cup spent a day with NHL star Dustin Byfuglien — who played on the Chicago Blackhawks squad when they won the championship this year.  Dude was rollin’ around Roseau, Minnesota when he decided to make a gas run — and brought Stanley along for the ride.
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Stanley Cup Featured in Gay Pride Parade (Pics)

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As you might have heard, the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup (it was all over the news, and the blogs too). But you may or may not have heard that (now former) Hawks defenseman Brent Sopel and the Cup itself were in Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade this past weekend. And we have pictures, and a thoughtful recap courtesy of Jerry Pritikin- a Cubs die-hard who has been known by the nicknames of “Bleacher Preacher” and the “Gay Forrest Gump.” We’ll have another feature on him later this week.

In the meantime, please check out his new exhibit at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, running now until August 13.

For more info go here

Below are his impressions of the Blackhawks’ appearance at the Pride Parade:

By Paul M. Banks

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Blackhawks Draft Synopsis: Day 2

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The Chicago Blackhawks drafted left-wing Ludvig Rensfeldt (35th overall), defenseman Justin Holl (54th overall), goaltender Kent Simpson (58th overall), defenseman Stephen Johns (60th overall), center Joakim Nordstrom (90th overall), center Rob Flick (120th overall), center Rob Flick (120th overall), center Mikro Hoefflin (151st overall), defenseman Nick Mattson (180th overall) and goaltender Macmillan Carruth (191st overall) to complete the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

On Friday, Chicago drafted right-wing Kevin Hayes from Noble & Greenough School (MA) with its first round selection (24th overall).

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