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My 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 Predictions

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Here are my Round 1 predictions! Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments.


Blackhawks Struggling Since New Year…& Everyone Else is Catching Up

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As the third place team in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks have recently found hockey to be a little tougher than before the turn of the New Year. Since the beginning of January, the Blackhawks have gone 10-6-7 with an abysmal overtime and shootout record. With only one win after regulation, which came in a shootout, Chicago has to be worried about the team’s play in overtime with the playoffs just over a month away. They have the worst overtime record in the league, and have missed out on 14 extra points due to OT or shootout losses. While the Blackhawks look to the future and how they will approach the remaining games, let’s dig into the past few months for Chicago. Since everyone else in the West is so good right now, being average is being bad. (more…)

Blackhawks teammates face off against each other at Sochi Olympics

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The Sochi Olympics will see a number of NHL teammates face off against each other in the preliminary-round Men’s Ice Hockey games. For the Blackhawks, the club has an NHL-high 10 players competing in the Olympics representing over five countries. For teammates of the defending Stanley Cup champions, the chemistry might take a hit when friends become foes. (more…)

Chicago Blackhawks: Cap Space and Trade Rumors

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Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have jumped out of the hole they found themselves in at the end of January, winning three of their last four.  With the Hawks sitting atop the Central Division, they look to be in good position before heading into the Olympic break.  There’s just one more game against Phoenix, and there’s a 20 day period of no Blackhawks hockey. (more…)

Blackhawks Fortunate to Have Goalie Depth

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No starting goalie? No problem! The Chicago Blackhawks could be facing dire times ahead if not for the stellar play of Antti Raanta, who has backstopped the ‘Hawks after being called up from Rockford when Nikolai Khabibulin was injured during  a Nov 16th loss to Nashville,  and when starter Corey Crawford left with a lower body injury on Dec. 8th. With both of the top two goalies on the shelf, the mantle has been passed to the 24 year old from Rauma, Finland. Raanta is a 6 foot, 180lb undrafted rookie who has been playing well with the Ice Hogs in Rockford, and now finds himself squarely in the race for the top seed in the Western Conference of the NHL. (more…)

Road Warriors: Blackhawks Dominate on Circus Trip

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Every winter, the Ringling Brothers’ Barnum & Bailey Circus sets up shop for two weeks in Chicago’s United Center, performing for Chicago residents in The Greatest Show On Earth. Unfortunately, that means the Greatest Show On Ice gets temporarily evicted and the Blackhawks go on a two week road trip spanning 7 games. This time of year, seven games could be crucial to a team’s success and the Blackhawks needed to have a solid performance to stay near the top of the brutally tough Western Conference.


Kris Versteeg returns to the Blackhawks

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Forward Kris Versteeg has returned to the Chicago Blackhawks after being traded to the Windy City by the Florida Panthers. Versteeg left Chicago after winning the Stanley Cup in the 2009/10 season due to salary cap restraints, but the Blackhawks have now brought him back with the Panthers reportedly still paying a half of his contract, meaning the Hawks are on the line for $2.2 million per year towards the cap. Chicago sent forward Jimmy Hayes south to Florida in the deal along with defenseman Dylan Olsen. (more…)