Chicago Wolves with no answers for scoring issues, add to roster

Chicago Wolves

The Chicago Wolves have been lacking in the goal department and it is hurting their playoff chances. The goal scoring scarcity has been apparent on home ice as well. The Wolves have been shut out in three of their last seven games overall and continue to miss out on solid scoring opportunities in front of the net. Sunday’s loss to division rival Rockford was no exception.

“That’s another two points that we pissed away,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson.

Chicago experienced another up-and-down game, holding the IceHogs to eight shots in the first, but gave up three goals on fourteen shots in the second. [Read more…]

Chicago Wolves end January with a bang

Magnus Paajarvi Chicago Wolves

The Chicago Wolves finished their up-and-down January with a win/loss against in-state foe the Rockford IceHogs, ending/extending their losing streak at three games. Saturday’s game was Chicago’s first after a five game road trip. The team went 2-2-1 away from the Allstate Arena during that time, and 5-5-1-1 overall.

The Wolves enter February locked in a battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, eight points behind the IceHogs. Chicago earned six points out of a possible ten in five January games against Rockford. [Read more…]

Brent Sopel reaches games played milestone with Chicago Wolves

Brent Sopel, Chicago Wolves

Brent Sopel returned to Chicago to continue his playing career and has now accomplished something that establishes his longevity. On December 3, 2014 versus the Lake Erie Monsters, Brent Sopel played in his 1,000th career professional hockey game.

To honor the feat, the Chicago Wolves will honor Sopel prior to the team’s game on January 3rd versus the Rockford IceHogs. Rockford’s parent club, the Chicago Blackhawks, is where the veteran defenseman won his only Stanley Cup Championship. [Read more…]

Can Brandon Pirri finally stick with the Blackhawks?

Brandon Pirri

Brandon Pirri appeared to be the favorite to win the second line center job before the season. An injury during the preseason jeopardized Pirri’s chances, and ended with him being sent to Rockford of the American Hockey League. That changed over the weekend. [Read more…]

Blackhawks Notes: Salak Recalled, Saad Sent to Saginaw

Despite his assurances on Monday that he is completely healthy, the Chicago Blackhawks took out an extra insurance policy on goaltender Corey Crawford on Wednesday, bringing up keeper Alexander Salak from Rockford. Ray Emery has also been feeling under the weather, so the goalie lineup for the Hawks going into Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets is anyone’s guess at this point.

In addition to the call-up of Salak, word also came down that Brandon Saad, who had impressed the team’s brass with his excellent preseason performance, had been sent back to Saginaw of the OHL. He will remain there for the rest of the year and work to refine his game, but in his short stint with the team he proved that he likely is going to be one of the biggest steals of the 2011 Draft, having gone with the 43rd overall selection in the second round.

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Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview: Meet the IceHogs

Lost in the shuffle amid all the roster moves that were made today by the Chicago Blackhawks as they prepare for their regular season opener on Friday was the fact that the roster for the Rockford IceHogs, their AHL affiliate, was solidified as well. Several players who were sent down today, including Brandon Pirri, Dylan Olsen, and Marcus Kruger, undoubtedly will be looked at to make a big impact on the upcoming season for the Hogs, who are coming off a disappointing season in which they finished in last place in the West Division. The injury-depleted Blackhawks didn’t help matters in terms of prying players away from Rockford, but so is the life of an AHL affiliate.

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Blackhawks Notes: Kane, Hossa to Play Wednesday; Could Saad Make the Team?

 

Patrick Sharp in pre-game warmups

The Chicago Blackhawks will take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight at the United Center, but before they do, here are some news and notes to get you set for what will be the first game with the Opening Night roster taking to the ice:

….Except for Patrick Sharp

Patrick Sharp will not be in the lineup for the Blackhawks tonight, but he has been skating on his own for the past few days, and head coach Joel Quenneville has said he is still optimistic that Sharp will be in the lineup Opening Night. If he isn’t, there are a couple of guys who could theoretically replace him:

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Tuesday’s Three Stars: Several Hawks Shine, But Oilers Get Last Laugh in Saskatoon

Tuesday night may not have mattered in the standings to the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell by the high level of play that was displayed as the two teams met in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in their respective preseason openers. Rostislav Olesz and Jamal Mayers netted goals for the Blackhawks, but it wasn’t enough to overcome two tallies by Josh Green and the game winning goal by Jordan Eberle late in the third period as the Oilers beat Chicago 4-2.

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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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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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