2014 Winter Olympics Hockey All-Snub Team

Breant Seabrook

Now that the pomp and circumstance of Team Canada’s hockey team announcement has come and gone, every team participating has given their rosters. There is a lot of debate to be had, so here is my take on the 2014 Winter Olympics Hockey All-Snub Team.

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With Duncan Keith suspended, Blackhawks positive momentum gone?

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The Chicago Blackhawks have been the National Hockey League’s (NHL’s) second hottest team, behind only the scintillatingly-hot Pittsburgh Penguins who have sported a 13-0-1 record recently.  The Blackhawks have blistered their way up the NHL’s Western Conference standings at an 8-1-1 clip, including a recent 5-0-0 run, all of this being done without the services of their captain and leader Jonathan Toews, who has missed the past 14 games with a concussion.

In spite of this devastating loss, the Blackhawks are only one point out of the Western Conference’s 4th position.

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Send in the Clowns: Blackhawks Circus Trip Preview

Even though the Bulls, the Chicago Blackhawks’ usual co-tenant of the United Center, are currently locked out as NBA owners and players haggle over who will get a bigger piece of the money pie, the Hawks will still be kicked out of the arena for the next several weeks as the circus comes to town. The annual circus trip has always been a make or break proposition for the Hawks, and this year’s western trip is no exception.

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With Blackhawks Lineup Shakeup Looming, Is Quenneville Overreacting?

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Sunday night was one of the worst nights of the season for the Chicago Blackhawks. They made a slew of defensive mistakes, allowed the Canucks to score five power play goals, and in general looked like a team who was not able to get up for their third game in four nights as they fell to the Vancouver Canucks 6-2 at the United Center. The Sedin twins both torched the Hawks for a combined seven points, and Roberto Luongo actually looked really solid in stopping 38 shots. It was a poor effort by the Hawks on defense, and head coach Joel Quenneville has seemingly responded by making some serious lineup changes.

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Chicago Blackhawks Report Card: First Midterm Edition

Toews needs to keep his scoring touch going.

On Saturday night, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 at the United Center, bringing their record for the first 10 games of the season to 6-2-2. Ray Emery made 27 saves in only his second start of the season, and while the Hawks’ power play struggled to get going in an 0-for-5 performance, their penalty killing unit was perfect yet again, going 5-for-5 in keeping the Jackets off the board. It was a great microcosm of their season to this point, and it was a solid victory for a club that is among the top squads in the Western Conference.

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Saturday’s Three Stars: Bruins Top Hawks in Cup Champs Bowl

The last two Stanley Cup champions met at the United Center on Saturday night, but it was Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins who had the last laugh as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Bryan Bickell and Patrick Kane scored goals for the Hawks, and Tim Thomas made 27 saves and stopped all three Chicago shootout attempts to grab the victory for the defending champs.

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Bolland Scores Twice as Blackhawks Take Home Opener: Saturday’s 3 Stars

 

After a lackluster effort on Friday night in the Lone Star State, the Chicago Blackhawks came out with guns blazing on United Center ice Saturday and rolled over the Dallas Stars 5-2 for their first victory of the season.

Dave Bolland scored twice, and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Andrew Brunette also added goals for the victorious Hawks, and Corey Crawford made 19 saves in his second start in two nights.

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Blackhawks Notes: Storylines Heading Into First Preseason Game

The Chicago Blackhawks are headed to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for their first preseason game tomorrow night, where they will play the Edmonton Oilers. The game, while not available on TV in Chicago, is going to be streaming on the Hawks’ official team website, and it will provide fans’ first glimpse into some of the changes that the team has made this off-season.

Big name players like Marian Hossa (who is finally reporting to camp tomorrow after attending Pavol Demitra’s funeral last week, as well as attending the birth of his daughter), Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Patrick Kane will not be making the trip up to Canada, but there is still plenty to pay attention to as the team suits up against an actual opponent for the first time since April:

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Training Camp Primer: Recapping & Grading the Blackhawks’ Offseason

In contrast to the 2010 off-season, the summer of 2011 was a relatively quiet one for the Chicago Blackhawks. Sure, there were still trades that took place and signings galore, but the attachment that fans felt to the players who had so recently won the Stanley Cup made it more difficult to see guys like Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien go to other places.

With more fans tuning in to see what the Blackhawks are up to as they prepare for the regular season, which is only 18 days away, The Sports Bank is here to give you a quick and dirty recap of all the moves that the Blackhawks have made since Alex Burrows swiped the puck from Chris Campoli and scored the series winner that sent Chicago home.

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Patrick Sharp’s Extension Another Example of Stan Bowman’s Savvy Vision

Patrick Sharp in pre-game warmups

Over the past few seasons, Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman has put his own spin on the rebuilding project that former headmaster Dale Tallon had begun back at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Bowman has taken players that Tallon acquired, such as Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews, and formed a team around them that ended up winning a Stanley Cup and coming within one goal of making more history in April against the Vancouver Canucks.

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Stanley Cup Finals: Impact Player Draft

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As much as we try to spread the word about the glorious sport of hockey, we know that more often than not our words fall on deaf ears. We preach about the game, the athletes, the history and the fans but rarely do we or does the game get an increase in followers. Well, now is the perfect time to jump in.

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

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Blackhawks set to face League’s Best Team

By Paul M. Banks

The Winter Classic may have received all the hype, but few regular season games will have more importance than Wednesday night, when the Hawks welcome the NHL points leading San Jose Sharks to the United Center. “It’ll be a good test, a huge game we gotta be up and ready for,” Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. On Sunday the Hawks (38-22-11, 87 pts) broke their five game winless streak.

“We needed a win for our confidence across the board and we can use this confidence going into our next game to build some momentum,” Coach Joel Quenneville said at the postgame presser. The Hawks can feel good knowing they just beat a California team (L.A. Kings) that like the Sharks, allows very few shots on goals. San Jose allows the fewest shots per game (27.4) in the league, L.A. is second at 27.6. Chicago managed 32 shots on Los Angeles.

Currently, San Jose is seeded first and Chicago fourth in the Western Conference. Both will be favored to win their first round match-up, and possibly meet in the Conference Semifinals.

Right now these Sharks (48-14-10, 106 pts) are causing more excitement in San Jose than the latest Intel microprocessor. Ok, maybe there isn’t a ton of stuff to do in Silicon Valley, but the local NHL team currently dominates the league in the same manner San Jose based companies dominate the Nasdaq.

Center Patrick Marleau is the league’s fourth leading goal scorer and Joe Thornton is 5th in assists. Both are among the top 20 in scoring complementing their top line defensemen, Dan Boyle and Rob Blake, who rank 5th and 14th respectively among scoring leaders for defense. San Jose is also very adept at scoring short-handed goals or “shorties” as they’re known colloquially. With representation near the top of every short-handed scoring category, people following the Sharks have gotten to utter the phrase “shorty” about as often as Nelly, Lil Jon, or T-Pain.

And if this team wasn’t complete enough, there’s goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who’s 2nd in the league in wins and third in shutouts. He handles opposing offenses about as poetically and dominantly as the Russian novelist sharing his name handled intricate wordplay and descriptive detail.

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