Posts tagged "Joel Quenneville"

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 »

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 »
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Nick Leddy to be recalled Friday

According to Tab Bamford, the Chicago Blackhawks will be recalling defenseman Nick Leddy on Friday and he will play vs. Ottawa. This news comes soon after the Hawks sent veteran defenseman Jassen Cullimore to Rockford, presumably to make room for Leddy. This is excellent news. While the ideal scenario would be for Leddy to play... Read more »

Passive "PK" is killing Hawks

Listen, nobody is expecting this year’s penalty kill to remain on par with last year’s. John Madden, Kris Versteeg and Brent Sopel were major factors on last year’s unit and are surely missed. With that said, something else is going on and a failure to fix it will result in the defending champions watching the... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Is Jack Skille being shopped?

As it often does, the NHL trade rumor mill is beginning to heat up as the second half of the season gets underway.  Joel Quenneville’s recent lineup decisions have left fans wondering what he is trying to accomplish (ie. scratching Jack Skille and Jake Dowell tonight), but what we also have to consider is whether... Read more »
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Blackhawks Blog: A look at team stats through 40 games

With the Hawks roughly at the halfway point of the season, let’s look at some numbers. First and most importantly, we find the Hawks in 11th place in the Western Conference. A closer look reveals a record good for 13th place in the West after adjusting for games played. In case you’ve forgotten, only the... Read more »

Toews out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

Joel Quenneville confirmed at the team’s Wednesday practice that captain Jonathan Toews would miss “a couple of weeks” with a shoulder injury suffered in the first period of the Hawks’ Tuesday night loss in St. Louis. The injury comes at an inopportune time; the Hawks have a busy January schedule with seven games between January... Read more »

Numbers and notes heading into Circus Trip

With the Hawks about to begin their annual “Circus” road trip, now feels like a good time to evaluate how things have gone through 20 games of the 2010-2011 NHL season.  From a team standpoint, here is a cold dose of reality: the Hawks’ current record puts them in 13th place in the West if... Read more »
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Blackhawks Blog: Hawks lose 4th straight at home; disturbing trends continue

When the Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead against Phoenix on Wednesday night, all signs pointed toward a victory. The Hawks were controlling the tempo, moving the puck, and getting quality chances. Add the fact that Phoenix was 0-5-2 when giving up the first goal and it looked like a gift-wrapped, much needed Blackhawks win. Unfortunately,... Read more »