Posts in category "marian hossa"

Raanta passes first test

Raanta passes first test
In my other life, I’m the Executive Producer of the Spiegel and Holmes Show on 670 The Score.  On the show, we have a system called TCL, or Team Concern Level.  Once a week, we update the listeners on where our TCL is for each Chicago team.  For instance, with Derrick Rose out for the... Read more »

Hawks smoked, Bickell injured in Colorado

Hawks smoked, Bickell injured in Colorado
This is certainly not the start the Blackhawks wanted to their annual circus trip.  Early on, it looked like the Hawks were going to put the upstart Avs in their place.  An absolutely dominant powerplay for the Hawks had Colorado chasing them around their zone, but an odd bounce off the boards changed the game... Read more »

Random thoughts on eve of circus trip

Random thoughts on eve of circus trip
As the Blackhawks embark on their annual circus trip, I wanted to dump some of my random thoughts, for your reading pleasure. - First off…I’m excited for this trip.  The Hawks have a few matchups against opponents that intrigue. Tuesday, they face-off against their new divisional rival, the Colorado Avalanche, for the first time this... Read more »
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Red Light District Mailbag Vol. 1

Red Light District Mailbag Vol. 1
Every now and again, I appeal to the Blackhawks fans in my Twitter universe to stuff my bag with queries.  Here are some of the questions from the Twitter and email machines. Joe from Rockford - “How good can Brandon Saad be?  He’s been on of the best and most consistent Hawks all season long.”... Read more »

Simple tweaks could ignite the Blackhawks' offense

Simple tweaks could ignite the Blackhawks' offense
Ah, the elusive third goal.  Something that’s “plagued” the “struggling” Blackhawks all season long.  In “all” of their losses (one in regulation, two in the shootout), they’ve scored two goals.  In their two shootout victories, the third goal only showed up because of the shootout win.  So what are the Blackhawks to do to end... Read more »

Blackhawks recall Pirri, demote Hayes

Blackhawks recall Pirri, demote Hayes
After five games, it’s clear that Joel Quenneville isn’t happy with the Blackhawks’ second line center situation.  After beginning the season with Michal Handzus on the line, centering Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, he’s ready for a change. Brandon Pirri, the preseason favorite for the second line center job, has been recalled, while struggling winger... Read more »
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Blackhawks roster set for opening night

Blackhawks roster set for opening night
While the Blackhawks haven’t announced it officially, their opening night roster appears to be set.  The last remaining piece was the battle for the all important 8th d-man spot between Mike Kostka and Ryan Stanton.  Stanton was claimed off waivers by Vancouver today, so I think it’s safe to say that Kostka won the job.... Read more »

Blackhawks reduce roster to 24, demote Pirri

Blackhawks reduce roster to 24, demote Pirri
When training camp opened for the Blackhawks earlier this month, Brandon Pirri was the favorite for the ever elusive second line center job.  Now, everyone’s offseason favorite has become a camp casualty. Saturday night, the Blackhawks set their roster to 24, and Pirri was one of the cuts.  Jeremy Morin and Antti Raanta were the... Read more »

10 players to watch this Blackhawks pre-season

Teuvo Teravainen - Teravainen was the Blackhawks 1st round pick (18th overall) in the 2012 draft.  While the Hawks have already decided that the young forward will spend this season in Finland, he's the Hawks top and most elite prospect.  Patrick Kane compared Teravainen to himself, while Scotty Bowman compared him to Igor Larianov.  He's an electrifying player with incredible hands and vision.  A year in Finland will help him add a little size, which he will need before taking part in an 82 game + NHL season.  He'll be here soon enough...but take an early look while you can.
With the Chicago Blackhawks making their televised preseason debut Thursday night, many fans will be getting their first glimpse of the team.  While many of the core pieces remain intact, there three or four starting roster spots available.  These young Blackhawks have a chance to make the roster this season. Thanks to blackhawks.nhl.com and NHLPA.com... Read more »
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6 Blackhawks among NHL 14's Top 50

With the release of EA Sports’ annual NHL video game right around the corner, the sports gaming giant has released their top 50 players for this season’s edition. Let’s take a look at which Hawks made the cut, and which were left out. ~~ALL IMAGES PROPERTY OF EASPORTS. Click on photos for full size view~~... Read more »