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  • Could be a feisty night in St. Louis for Hawks Oct 24, 2014 7:58 PM
    OK then, this has the makings of some kind of Saturday night showdown when the Blackhawks, fresh off a tough 3-2 loss to Nashville, head into a hornets nest at Scottrade Center to take on the agitated Blues.

  • Hawks can’t climb out of 2-goal hole Oct 23, 2014 11:19 PM
    Even though the season is younger than young, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knew Thursday night’s game in Nashville, featuring the last two teams in the league without a loss in regulation, could mean quite a bit. “It’s a big game for us,” Quenneville said following morning skate. “It’s a chance to get into first place."

  • Darling pinching himself with call from Hawks Oct 22, 2014 5:17 PM
    Scott Darling’s weary smile and man-oh-man head shake following Blackhawks practice Wednesday morning said it all. That’s because the native of Lemont was still struggling to believe what happened 24 hours earlier … actually did happen.

  • Coach Q likes change, but Blackhawks’ top line staying put Oct 22, 2014 10:29 PM
    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is never afraid to mix and match his lines. He’s done that already early this season with his second, third and fourth lines, but so far has left the top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa intact.

  • Blackhawks power their way to shutout victory Oct 21, 2014 11:12 PM
    Sure it’s been fantastic that the Blackhawks have been outshooting their opponents by enormous margins lately. But that quantity hasn’t led to quality and certainly hasn’t led to the goals piling up for the Hawks, whether playing at even strength or on the power play. That’s why for the past week or so, coach Joel Quenneville could not have stressed more the need for his guys to get to the net and cause some traffic.

  • Injury sidelines Blackhawks goalie Crawford Oct 21, 2014 12:43 PM
    Goaltender Corey Crawford is out and Antti Raanta will be in the net tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center. “Day-to-day upper body,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford’s status.

  • Blackhawks looking for more traffic going to net Oct 20, 2014 11:49 PM
    While the Blackhawks put 87 shots on net the last two games, they had only three goals to show for it. Coach Joel Quenneville knows the reason.

  • Versteeg’s return means Blackhawks lineup changes Oct 20, 2014 11:48 PM
    The Blackhawks lines they are a’ changing. With a full complement of players at his disposal for the first time all season — including Kris Versteeg — coach Joel Quenneville opted for a slightly different look at practice on Monday.

  • Hawks’ Versteeg can’t wait to get back on ice Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Kris Versteeg admitted it. For the first few days after injuring himself just before the start of the regular season, he was bummed. Actually, beyond bummed.

  • Bears Bites: Feels like the season’s over Oct 19, 2014 8:39 PM
    Home is where the heartache is for the Bears, whose season isn't over — but it sure feels that way after just seven games, doesn't it? Mike Spellman takes a look at Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

  • Hawks’ Crawford doing his best to stay sharp Oct 19, 2014 8:28 PM
    In the Blackhawks’ last two games at the United Center, goalie Corey Crawford has faced a combined 38 shots on net. Not much of a workload, and Crawford certainly isn’t complaining, but the sporadic nature of things can be quite an adjustment.

  • Blackhawks’ Toews scores game-winner in OT Oct 18, 2014 10:46 PM
    Jonathan Toews scored a short-handed breakaway goal at 3:26 of overtime to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at United Center. With Patrick Sharp off for tripping, Toews stole the puck from Nashville’s Roman Josi just inside the Chicago blue line. He raced down left wing, cut to the slot and was stopped by Carter Hutton on his first shot, but Toews managed to push the rebound under Hutton’s pads. Johnny Oduya got his first goal of the season in the first period for Chicago and Corey Crawford had 19 saves. Shea Weber scored his third goal for Nashville and Hutton finished with 35 saves. Hutton was making his first start of the season in place of Pekka Rinne, who started the Predators’ first four games. The Blackhawks outshot the Predators 37-20, finishing with a shooting advantage against an opponent for the second straight game. Chicago outshot Calgary 50-18 on Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss. In this one, the Predators took control of the game for much of the third period with up-tempo skating and persistent forechecking after being dominated through the first two periods and outshot 23-6 after 40 minutes. It was tied 1-all after one period despite Chicago holding a 12-2 advantage on shots. Both teams scored on their first shots of the game. Oduya connected just 1:49 in when he skated in from the left point and leaned into a low shot from the top of the circle that beat Hutton between the pads. Weber tied it with a power-play goal at 11:17 shortly after serving a cross-checking call and exiting the penalty box. His drive from the left circle appeared to strike Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival, then deflected upward and over Crawford’s shoulder. Chicago outshot Nashville 11-4 in the second, and Hutton made several tough in-close saves late in the period to keep it tied. The Predators picked up the pace in the third, forcing the Blackhawks into turnovers in the Chicago zone and tested Crawford. He made a point-blank pad save on Craig Smith 4:45 into the period when both Smith and Colin Wilson were alone in front of the net following a Chicago giveaway.

  • Toews saves the day in OT for Hawks Oct 19, 2014 12:49 AM
    This is getting ridiculous. For the second straight game, the Blackhawks took it to a visiting team at the United Center, dominating play for much of the night before eventually, inexplicably heading to overtime.

  • Blackhawks’ third line still pointless Oct 18, 2014 12:26 AM
    The Blackhawks’ third line remains out of sync — and without a point through three games. Bryan Bickell, a mainstay on that line, said Friday that he shoulders some of the responsibility for the rough start.

  • Spellman: What a move to bring in Coach Q Oct 17, 2014 10:37 PM
    Joel Quenneville's accomplishments include being one of only three coaches to reach the 700-win plateu, or his 270-127-60 regular season record with the Hawks or his .606 postseason winning percentage since arriving in town. I guess what I’m trying to say is simple: the guy’s a treasure.

  • Dietz: Everything breaks right for van Riemsdyk Oct 17, 2014 10:42 PM
    Trevor van Riemsdyk is the only undrafted defenseman, forward or center on the Blackhawks' roster. Check out he went from a broken ankle in January to making the Hawks' opening-night roster.

  • Shaw getting good at re-directing shots Oct 16, 2014 7:59 PM
    Andrew Shaw is getting pretty good at this stuff. For the second time in as many games, the plucky Blackhawks forward parked himself in front of the opposition’s net and deflected in a shot for a goal. “He’s got a quick set of hands, he finds the puck, he’s tricky offensively with a nice set of mitts,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

  • Mike North video: Blackhawks will win the Cup Oct 15, 2014 11:10 AM
    Mike North enjoys the Blackhawks’ wins now but knows what really counts is the end of the year. North believes they will get past the Kings and win the Stanley Cup.

  • 50 shots on goal, yet Hawks still lose 2-1 Oct 15, 2014 10:15 PM
    Jonas Hiller made 49 saves and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames, who were coming off a 3-2 win at Nashville on Tuesday. The Blackhawks controlled the action for much of the night, enjoying a whopping 50-18 advantage in shots on goal. But Hiller was outstanding and Backlund used a wrist shot to beat Corey Crawford on the goaltender's glove side for his first goal of the season.

  • Quenneville demanding more production from third line Oct 15, 2014 11:14 PM
    Early on here, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has been pretty complimentary of his top two lines and the job the fourth line has done as well. But as for that third line of Bryan Bickell, Brad Richards and Ben Smith? Eh, not so much.

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