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NHL scouting report on newcomer Oduya

Here’s a quick scouting report from one of Johnny Oduya’s former NHL coaches. “I really liked him.  He’s strong on the puck down low.  He’s smart; an excellent skater.  He’s got more offensive ability than you think.  I’m not sure why he’s had such a tough year.  He’s a solid No. 4 or No. 5... Read more »

Cubs rise as opponents fall this off-season

The new Cubs regime is off to a spectacular start and they’ve made only two big-league roster moves. Albert Pujols, arguably he best player in the game, has left your biggest rival. The Brewers will lose Prince Fielder, their undisputed leader, to free agency (and potentially wind up on the Northside).  And Ryan Braun, the... Read more »

The intangible difference with the Blackhawks

Barry Trotz, the head coach of the Predators, made a fascinating observation on Monday. “If you change one player, it changes the whole chemistry on your team,” he said. Jamal Mayers has done that for the Blackhawks this year. He’s anchored a fast and physical fourth line, while adding seasoned leadership in the room. You... Read more »

Kane weighs in on "Luigi"

Ask Patrick Kane a question about Daniel Carcillo and he’ll roll his eyes and grin. Are you sick of talking about him? “He’s pretty painful especially around the locker room.  It’s alright, we’ll deal with him.” Is it more painful in here or out on the ice? “Good question.  I’ve gotta deal with him on... Read more »

What Toews wants to see on the Blackhawks power play

“What’s up with the power play?  I used to be excited when we got a power play in the past.  Now I feel like we’re not gonna score.” That was the first call of the night on the WGN postgame show after Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Other than Patrick Kane’s move... Read more »

Carbomb's away!

Slowly, the Blackhawks are getting their entire team on the ice. Viktor Stalberg is now practicing.  Ben Smith is close to getting cleared for contact.  And Daniel Carcillo makes his Blackhawks debut tonight after finishing a suspension. The Blackhawks have had lots of players who can stir the pot.  But Carcillo gives them a player... Read more »

Blackhawks can show elite status early

There isn’t a single easy game in the NHL. There will be plenty of nights where two combatants have far different payrolls.  But if the team with the bigger salaries doesn’t show up, they’re likely to get a kick in their hockey pants. The Blackhawks host the re-minted Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, who were torched... Read more »

Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run starts in October

The first step for the Blackhawks has to be a fast one. Last year they started October at 7-5-1, which included a 3-4-0 mark at the United Center.  No team in the West played as frequently during the first month, especially on home ice. While difficult, considering all the new faces and the mental drag... Read more »

Two big weeks for the Cubs in May

The two weeks that follow the Dodgers series could be the most important of the season.   This Friday, the Cubs start a nine-game homestand when the Reds, Cardinals and Giants come to town.  To stay in contention, the Northsiders need to make an impact against St. Louis and Cincinnati.  While the defending World Series... Read more »

Cubs need more arms to lend a hand

The Cubs have played well enough early in the season to keep themselves in the race. The top three in the rotation haven’t hit a groove.  And the Cubs power personnel hasn’t hit the ball with authority yet.  Their track record suggests that should change as the weather warms. Manager Mike Quade is still looking... Read more »