It’s too early in the season to call anything a ‘must-win’ for the Blackhawks yet. Just barely past the halfway mark of the season, Chicago is still sitting comfortably in a playoff spot in the Central division, with no imminent pressure that threatens their position.
That being said, if there was a game that should be called a must-win, it’s this one against the Coyotes. January has not been kind to the Blackhawks, as the team currently sits ...
The Blackhawks hosted the Dallas Stars at the United Center on Sunday night, and it was a bad game. After the game, head coach Joel Quenneville called it a "carbon copy" of the loss to the Jets on Friday night.
Based on the score sheet, you can see how things went. Chicago outshot Dallas 41-34 (77-53 if you include blocked shots and missed shots), went 48% of the dot, but ultimately trailed 6-3. The Stars made it 2-0 by the 11-minute mark of the period on Tyler Seguin and Cody Eakin goals - and the second goal was short-handed. While Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (PPG) would even things up 2-2 for the home team, Vernon Fiddler would give the lead 3-2 back to the Stars...
The Hawks are preparing to face yet another Central division opponent early Sunday at the United Center. These divisional games are increasingly becoming more and more important. The Hawks are coming in off of a regulation loss to another divisional foe the Winnipeg Jets who have now closed the gap and are only two points behind the Hawks. The Hawks do have two games in hand on the Jets.
The Blackhawks came into this game well rested and the Jets came in off of a game the night before in Dallas yet it was the Jets that again had more energy and out worked the Hawks to skate away with their third win this year at the United Center.
The Winnipeg Jets have take six point from the Hawks and are now only two points behind them in the Central Division. Somehow the Hawks are going to have to figure this team out or hope they don’t meet them in the playoffs.
The game started off in the first period with the feel of a playoff game to be sure. There was plenty of intensity with a very physical first period.
The Hawks started the scoring on a Brandon Saad bac...
After a convincing 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild and an unusually long four-day break between games, the Blackhawks will welcome the Winnipeg Jets to the United Center on Friday night for a Central division showdown.
The showdown carries some added weight for Chicago as they have yet to win against Winnipeg this year, losing first in a 1-0 shutout and again in a 5-1 blowout. They’ll have time to redeem themselves at home with a top line of Jonathan Toews, ...
While the rest of the Central Division is either gaining ground or catching up to the Blackhawks (27-13-2) in the Western Conference standings. The Hawks will look to stem this tide but will be facing a Minnesota Wild team (18-17-5) who they just narrowly defeated a couple of nights ago and will be looking to reassert themselves against the Hawks.
The Wild will also have back Zach Parise in their line-up which should give their offense a lift. The one thing that has troubled the Wild all year is their goalkeeping a trend which the Hawks are hoping continues. The Wild played yesterday and fell 3-1 to the Nashville Predators so they will also want to get back on the winning trac...
The Hawks came into this game on the second of back to back games and it looked like as the game wore on the fatigue factor caught up with the team.
The Hawks actually opened up the scoring with a two on one play with Jonathan Toews shooting the puck and a rebound going conveniently right to Brandon Saad who just tapped it past Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens.
Saad had the only other Hawks goal in the second period with a similar play to his earlier goal with another two on one with this time with Marian Hossa. Unfortunately the Oilers were able to muster goals from Pouliot, Roy, Yakupov and an empty netter by Taylor Hall.
The Avalanche had a "goalie win" versus the Blackhawks earlier this week; last night, Chicago did the same versus the Wild.
There's been few games this season where the Blackhawks have been held under 25 SOG; last night, they had just 20 - but 4 of them were goals, including one empty-netter.
Chicago broke the streak they were on by scoring first, for the first time in seven games, a Patrick Sharp goal 5:08 into the opening period. Patrick Kane would stretch the lead to 2-0 by the end of the period with a power play goal on Thomas Vanek's 5-minute penalty.
Jason Zucker put the Wild on the board just 1:03 into the second.
Last night, the Blackhawks got in the NHL records books for a reason they shouldn't be particularly proud about: while their 54 SOG were outstanding, Colorado's Semyon Varlamov stood on his head and kept them all out of his net. The shutout gave him the distinction of the "NHL record for most saves in a regular-season shutout on the road", according to Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats).
Chicago got behind the eight-ball early, giving up two goals to the Avalanche less than 90 seconds into the game. The first was by Nathan MacKinnon at 0:53 into the game, and then Max Talbot scored again just 24 seconds later with the same Blackhawks players on the ice.
The Hawks came into this game looking to rebound from their Winter Classic loss in Washington and rebound in a big way they did against a hot Dallas Stars team. The Stars came into the game on a hot streak of winning eight of their last nine games and looking to surge towards a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The game also saw Teuvo Teravainen make his 2014/2015 debut rounding out the Hawks roster with Kris Versteeg out due to injury. Teravainen started on a line with Ben Smith and Joakim Nordstrom, however he played on multiple lines and a power play too. Play your game and have patience, this is the NHL and it takes time.