Islanders Look To Make Another Statement

John Tavares

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s November and that the New York Islanders should be in the midst of some sort of record-setting losing streak. Well thanks to the additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy on October fourth, plus the recently stellar play of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and secondary scoring that has been there all season, the Islanders are playing like the best team in all of New York.

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Blackhawks’ Late Surge Gains Pity Point, But Wings Prevail

Some sporting events have momentum swings that seem to occur in nearly every minute of action, but the tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks was not one of those events.

Through the first 40 minutes of Saturday afternoon’s matinee between the Red Wings and Blackhawks, there was little doubt as to who the better team was on the ice. Sure, the Hawks got a huge break when Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard flipped a puck from behind the net directly to Andrew Shaw, but the Wings were the class of the Central for those 40 minutes, outshooting Chicago 29-11 and outscoring them 2-1. As soon as the third period started, however, it became a hockey game.

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Sharp Out 3-4 Weeks; Is it Panic Time for Stan Bowman?

 

Patrick Sharp in pre-game warmups

After going largely unscathed on the injury front for the first half of the season, the Chicago Blackhawks have been getting bitten by the bug in a big way in recent weeks. You have Marcus Kruger out with a concussion (although he is skating now and should be back soon), Daniel Carcillo down with a knee injury that he sustained on his incredibly stupid hit on Tom Gilbert against Edmonton, and Steve Montador just came back from the injured reserve list. Although those guys are all supporting characters in the narrative the Hawks have written so far, one of the prime time players is going to have to be replaced with an understudy for a while.

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Blackhawks First Semester Report Card: Serious Cup Contender?

Toews needs to keep his scoring touch going.

With Friday’s 4-0 loss at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche, the Chicago Blackhawks reached the 41-game mark of their season, meaning that half their campaign has come to an end. While the old adage of “time flies when you’re having fun” certainly can apply to a big chunk of those games, the same cannot be said about the way the Hawks ended this stretch of schedule.

Despite being only one point out of the lead in the Central Division, the Hawks have been reeling as of late, dealing with injuries to players like Marcus Kruger and Steve Montador and also losing three games in a row, at least two of which would have been deemed winnable just by looking at the schedule. Falling to the Oilers, Flyers, and Avalanche may not be a season killer by any stretch, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for a team that is going to be getting into a very road-heavy portion of their schedule in the coming weeks. [Read more…]

With Blackhawks Lineup Shakeup Looming, Is Quenneville Overreacting?

patrick kane

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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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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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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Chicago Blackhawks’ Nick Leddy Not Ready for Big Leagues?

Rookie defenseman Nick Leddy

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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