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Chicago Blackhawks News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
11/28/13: The Blackhawks are right where they want to be - leading the Central Division and scoring at will. Chicago just doubled up the Jets in Winnipeg, showing that they do not play down to their competition. Jonathan Toews had a goal and three assists in his return to his hometown. The Hawks also got Marian Hossa back. Hossa missed three games with a lower body injury and had a goal in his return. Other scorers included Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad, and Ben Smith in the 6-3 win. Chicago is in a tight race with St. Louis, Colorado, and Minnesota, so every point helps.
11/21/13: The Blackhawks are still an elite NHL team and lead the Central Division at the quarter mark of the season. However, it has not been the cakewalk thus far like last year, and the Hawks have considerable pressure coming from the Blues, Avalanche, and Wild. Corey Crawford remains the starting goalie, but the team recalled Finnish prospect Antti Raanta to replace backup Nikolai Khabibulin, who was injured in a 7-2 loss to Nashville last week. Khabibulin's best days are behind him and he has struggled all season. The injury could be a blessing in disguise for Chicago as it allows them to get younger at a key position.
11/14/13: The Blackhawks have basically picked up where they left off last season. Through 18 games, the team is 12-2-4, good for only second place in the Central Division of the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane continue to be the heart and soul of the team and the Blackhawks are determined to keep both of them after their contracts expire following next season. The Hawks built their team and two Stanley Cup championships around the two and look for both to be lifetime players. Chicago should certainly make the playoffs again and a long playoff run with their two stars.
11/7/13: Lost in the early season success of the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues is that the Chicago Blackhawks (who are the defending Stanley Cup champions) are 8-2-3 and in second place in the Central Division. The Hawks could use some improvement in a few areas. Their backup goalie, former Cup winning goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has struggled and there may be a change in the near future. They could also use a number two center now that Dave Bolland is with Toronto. But these are minor problems and the Blackhawks are well positioned to defend their title in six months.
10/31/13: The Blackhawks are finding out (again) how tough it is to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. They have a big bullseye on them and every team is ready to give their best effort. The St. Louis Blues have beaten the Blackhawks twice already this year, which is sure to stir up emotion in both fans and players alike. The Tampa Bay Lightning did not give the Hawks any respect this past week as they took down the defending champs 6-5 in overtime. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane both scored for Chicago, but Martin St. Louis scored in overtime to seal the win for the home team.
10/24/13: The Hawks know that defending a Stanley Cup title is very hard - every team will give you their best game every night. It is more difficult when your long-time archrival is the opponent and they are just as good as you are. St. Louis beat Chicago two weeks ago in St. Louis when Alex Steen scored the game winner with 21 seconds remaining. The Hawks wanted payback this payback on home ice, but the Blues rallied twice to send the game to overtime and then a shootout. Blues winger T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues and the Hawks could not solve Blues goalie Jaro Halak, making for 21,000 unhappy Blackhawks fans (Blues won 3-2).
10/17/13: The Blackhawks went 22 games without losing in regulation last season. History did not repeat itself. The Hawks went down to St. Louis to meet a Blues team that has Stanley Cup aspirations this year. It was a hard-fought game, complete with the requisite fights between the teams. But the Hawks did not end up on the winning side this time. The Blues' Alex Steen scored with 21 seconds left to break a 2-2 tie, giving St. Louis the two points and sending the Blackhawks away empty-handed. The teams will meet up a few more times this season and none of those games should be missed by NHL fans.
10/10/13: The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have been at each other's throats since the Blues joined the league in 1967. But things are getting more and more heated. Detroit is now in the Eastern Conference, so that rivalry will likely not be as strong. But this year is different. Not only do the Blues and Blackhawks (and their fans) despise each other, and not only is the Blackhawks' coach Joel Quinville - who got his head coaching start for the Blues - but this season both teams are considered Stanley Cup Contenders. Oh, and they face each other for the first time this week in a must see game for any hockey fan.
10/3/13: Chicago left the league in awe last season. They set a record for most games with a point to start a season and simply continued that play through the rest of the shortened season and into the playoffs. They rolled through the playoffs and won their second Stanley Cup in four years. The Hawks are primed for another run and return their core. It is not a question now, but Chicago is committed to some big contracts next year, so this may be the last time to catch this group in their whole before the salary cap breaks them up.
9/26/13: The Blackhawks are gearing up for to defend their Stanley Cup title and the Western Conference is still the tougher of the two. Of particular concern should be the rival St. Louis Blues. The Detroit Red Wings are now in the Eastern Conference, but the Blues and Blackhawks have a long-standing hatred of each other. The Blues should be improved over last year as they have more experience and kept their core together. The Hawks will try to be up for the challenge and it should make for great theater throughout the upcoming season and beyond.
9/19/13: With training camps underway and preseason games already starting, teams face the never-ending challenge of getting their players in shape yet avoiding injury. The first big name to get press on an injury is Chicago's Jonathan Toews. He did not participate in a team scrimmage due to a lower body injury. Toews will be a free agent at the end of the season but the Hawks seem determined to keep him, even though they already have $41 million wrapped up in seven players. For his part, Toews admits that it would be tough to leave Chicago, where he has won two Stanley Cups.
9/12/13: There are not many holes on the Blackhawks' roster. They set a record last season with the most games to start a season without losing, until they finally succumbed to Colorado. That makes it tough to make the roster. Chicago has a young defensive prospect named Adam Clendening that will push for a shot in the NHL this season. He was a second round pick in 2011, and though he is not big, he is an offensive weapon. He posted 9-37-26 in the AHL last season and seems like a natural on the powerplay. He may not get his chance this season, but Hawks fans should be looking for him in the future.
9/4/13: Many Blackhawks fan will remember Andrew Shaw taking a puck to his face during the Stanley Cup Finals this past season, and now they will have the opportunity to re-live that moment again. Shaw donated the stitches he received to the V Foundation and it was purchased for $6,500 by Grant DePorter. DePorter is the CEO of Harry Carry Restaurant Group and has purchased a number of Chicago sports memorabilia such as the infamous Bartman baseball and Sammy Sosa's corked bat. The difference is that Chicago won after the stitches but did not fare as well with the other two.
8/22/13: There is an interesting debate going around the Internet on who to keep, Toews or Kane. The argument is heated and insightful, but the Blackhawks are lucky they do not have to make that choice right now. The two stars have combined to provide not one but two Stanley Cup Championships to Chicago. There may come a day when the team has to pick one due to salary cap reasons, but they have the luxury (at least for the time being) of being able to keep both on the roster and go after yet another championship.
8/15/13: Training camp is still a little ways away, but the pressure on the Blackhawks is already mounting. Chicago was by far the best team in league during the shortened season, and even set a record for going the most games in history without losing a game to start a season. Their dominance - and there really is no other word for it - continued in the playoffs and they finished the season hoisting the Stanley Cup. The question is if this was a singular event or are the Blackhawks poised to become the next NHL dynasty?
8/8/13: When you win the Stanley Cup your fans get to do things like this: Blackhawks fans were incensed a few weeks ago when photos surfaced that diva Justin Bieber both touched the Stanley Cup and stood on the Blackhawks logo in the locker room. Yes, this is silly teenage stuff, but Hawks fans have that mentality sometimes. They have taken to standing on photos of Bieber in an act of revenge. Several photos have been posted on social media of the newest craze in Chicago. Well that certainly seems mature and appropriate, and money well spent.
8/1/13: One of the great things about hockey players is that they rarely stop playing in the case of injury. Word is coming out now that three key members of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup winning team were very hurt during the playoffs. Forward Michal Hazus has had two surgeries since the end of the season, and Bryan Bickell's thumb basically exploded following the Finals. He had to have a tendon removed from a finger and attached to his thumb. A far cry from baseball players who get a hangnail and are on the DL for two weeks.
7/25/13: Say what you want about Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews, but he does know how to have fun. According to tradition, every member of the NHL champion team gets at least one day with the Stanley Cup - one of the greatest traditions in sports. Toews took the Cup to Winnipeg for a day of waterskiing. It brings back memories of the old ESPN commercial where a player who had the Cup for a day locked the Stanley Cup and his keys in his car. Its good to see that hockey players both revere and enjoy their time with the greatest trophy in all of sports.
7/18/13: The Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks traded forward Daniel Carcillo to the former Stanley Cup winning L.A. Kings for a conditional draft pick in 2015. It is not likely that the Blackhawks will miss Carcillo that much. He has been injured for a lot of time the past several years. Even this year, he only played in 23 regular season games, tallying two goals and an assist. The Hawks only used him in four games in the playoffs - perhaps fearing he would get too many penalties. It is a minor deal, but does give the Hawks a little more cap flexibility and a pick in the future.
7/11/13: Several Blackhawks players and fans took to Twitter to admonish teen pop star Justin Bieber for standing on the Hawks logo in the locker room while he was taking publicity photos with the Stanley Cup. There is an unwritten rule in hockey to never step on the logo in the locker room. Another is to never let the sweater (jersey) touch the ground or floor. It is doubtful that Bieber did it intentionally. What is more questionable is why these hockey players are following Justin Bieber on Twitter. That just does not seem like proper protocol.
7/4/13: The Chicago Blackhawks are the Stanley Cup champions for the second time in four years. Chicago had a three game to two lead against the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins going into game six. It looked like the Bruins were going to force a game seven, taking a one goal lead into the final minutes of play. But 17 seconds changed history. Tukka Rask, the Boston goaltender who had played so brilliantly, let not one goal, but two goals in at the end of regulation, giving the Blackhawks a one goal victory and the league championship. Chicago was easily the best team in the NHL this season, and deserved to win it all.
6/20/13: Now that three games have been played in the Stanley Cup Finals, many experts are on the Bruins bandwagon. The Bruins play a much more physical style of hockey, the type that is needed in the playoffs. Also, Tuuka Rask, Boston's goalie, has been sensational. He outlasted Corey Crawford in game 2, and shut out the vaunted Blackhawks offense in game 3. The funny thing is that all the experts were on the Hawks bandwagon after they won game 1 in triple overtime. Marion Hossa is expected to be back for game 4 - so this could well go seven games.
Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals Tickets
The 2013 NHL regular season wasn't long thanks to a lockout, and the summary of the Chicago Blackhawks is short and sweet. They dominated the Western Conference from day one, including a half-season streak of games where they earned a point. Their historical start to the season got them out in front, but it took a great deal of character and leadership by the likes of Captain Jonathon Toews to keep the Blackhawks out in front, sights set on another shot in the Stanley Cup Finals. They finished the regular season with some hardware - the President's Trophy for most points in the entire league - but it's Lord Stanley's Cup that they'd like to see again.
After such a hot start, people have been looking for cracks in the Chicago Blackhawks' game - the kind of flaws that led to disappointing early finishes in the NHL Playoffs that ended their campaigns in the last two seasons. Since their Stanley Cup Finals victory in 2010, the young, well-rounded core of the Blackhawks has dealt with pressure and high expectations every day; despite their NHL Playoff pedigree, youth like that is often met with skepticism as one-hit wonders until they can achieve consistent, sustained playoff results. This year, the Blackhawks are driving toward another Stanley Cup Finals to prove that their core is as good as any in the league and that the 2010 title wasn't a fluke. Any team, including division champion Los Angeles Kings, doubting them in the playoffs is doing so at a very high risk of their own failure.
Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals Run
In 2010, many of the same players you would see in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals for the Chicago Blackhawks won a Cup with the team. Their President's Trophy campaign in this shortened season has many people expecting another long run in the NHL Playoffs with plenty of big games at the United Center.
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Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals Highlights
Much of the Chicago Blackhawks core is still in tact from their Stanley Cup Championship in 2010. The last two seasons' first-round losses have fueled this young group to overcome their recent failure to return to the glory many of them realized by winning the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Chicago Blackhawks Schedule & Key Dates
Opening Day / Chicago Blackhawks First Game 2013
Chicago Blackhawks Regular Season Last Game 2013
Chicago Blackhawks Preseason Beginning 2013
Nov 30, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 2 Phoenix Coyotes Nov 29, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 2 - 1 Dallas Stars Nov 21, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 6 - 3 Winnipeg Jets Nov 17, 2013 San Jose Sharks 1 - 5 Chicago Blackhawks Nov 16, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 2 - 7 Nashville Predators Nov 14, 2013 Phoenix Coyotes 4 - 5 Chicago Blackhawks Nov 9, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 2 Dallas Stars Nov 2, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 1 Winnipeg Jets Oct 28, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 1 Minnesota Wild Oct 26, 2013 Minnesota Wild 5 - 3 Chicago Blackhawks Oct 24, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks 5 - 6 Tampa Bay Lightning
Dec 5, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Dec 6, 2013 Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 8, 2013 Florida Panthers vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 10, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars Dec 11, 2013 Philadelphia Flyers vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 14, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks vs Toronto Maple Leafs Dec 15, 2013 Los Angeles Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 17, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators Dec 20, 2013 Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 23, 2013 New Jersey Devils vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 27, 2013 Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks Dec 28, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Dec 30, 2013 Los Angeles Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 2, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs New York Islanders Jan 3, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs New Jersey Devils Jan 5, 2014 San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 8, 2014 New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 11, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Montreal Canadiens Jan 12, 2014 Edmonton Oilers vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 14, 2014 Colorado Avalanche vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 17, 2014 Anaheim Ducks vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 19, 2014 Boston Bruins vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 22, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Detroit Red Wings Jan 23, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Minnesota Wild Jan 26, 2014 Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks Jan 28, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Calgary Flames Jan 29, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Vancouver Canucks Feb 1, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs San Jose Sharks Feb 3, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Los Angeles Kings Feb 5, 2014 Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks