Posts tagged "Blackhawks"

Hawks Showing Early Signs of Dominance

There are more ups and downs in an NHL season than probably any professional sport, so discussing season-long implications after six games may seem silly. I don’t care. These Hawks pass the eye test, and there are numbers to back it up. There are already examples separating this year’s team from the 10-11 version. The... Read more »

Realizing the Magnitude of Tonight's Game

It feels like the Blackhawks have been through it all since Wirtz kicked the bucket in October 2007, yet they find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight. It’s 60 minutes for all the marbles. Game seven. Just saying those two words brings on a feeling of intensity and relentlessness. In hockey especially, Game seven means a... Read more »

With Comeback, These Blackhawks Prove They Are Here to Stay

For many, last night may have induced a little deja vu at the United Center.  The heart-stopping action, the unlikely hero, and the fifth home playoff overtime victory in the last three seasons brought the house down just the way it’s been done previously.  The scene was unimaginable as little as a week ago. How... Read more »
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Blackhawks Blog: Staggering Numbers Behind the Canucks' Season

The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory this Spring. For the first time since May of 2009, they are heavy underdogs in a playoff series. It’s the 1 vs. 8 matchup after all, and while nobody would consider our Hawks an unworthy playoff team, they fall behind their opponent in nearly every measurable category.... Read more »

Blackhawks vs. Canucks: First Round Playoff Schedule

I had accepted it. I truly had. I sat on my couch for about an hour, speechless and heartbroken and confused about what I had just witnessed. The Hawks weren’t expected to repeat this year, I know, but MISS THE PLAYOFFS?  And then the Minnesota Wild happened. And here we are, prepping for more fun... Read more »

Final Blackhawks Playoff Scenarios

For those wondering, here is the final “what if” postseason situation for the Hawks heading into their regular season finale on Sunday.  Let it be known first that the Hawks could technically finish anywhere between 5th and 9th place. That is remarkable with only one game to go. Missing the playoffs with 97 points would... Read more »
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Patrick Kane: Caught drunk on camera again

Remember earlier this week when Pat Kane missed multiple practice with “flu-like symptoms”? Turns out it was more the Brown Bottle Flu than anything else, as Deadspin broke a story moments ago that reveals pictures of Kane closing down Chicago bars on Sunday evening.  This photo…well…there’s not a lot to say I tend to stick... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Duncan Keith is Pissed

For the first time all season, the Blackhawks’ dressing room was a truly angry place after Monday night’s 3-1 loss in Calgary.  Instead of the same old rhetoric about “needing to work harder” and “needing to prove we’re a playoff team”, the Hawks seem to have received a wake-up call. Let’s hope so, because that... Read more »

Second half outlook: Hawks' record is a statistical anomaly

Second half outlook: Hawks' record is a statistical anomaly
The great thing about an 82-game season is its large sample size.  While a 5 or 6 game stretch could bring out the worst in a team, there is always an opportunity to bounce back and prove that a certain portion of the season was the exception to the rule.  With 31 games yet to... Read more »
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YES, Hull and Mikita are deserving of United Center statues

It was written recently here on ChicagoNow that the Blackhawks’ decision to erect statues of franchise legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita outside the United Center would be irresponsible and inappropriate. The argument is based on the often-used and miscalculated idea that the Blackhawks play second fiddle at the United Center. Here is an excerpt... Read more »