Tag: Niklas Hjalmarsson

Chicago Blackhawks Lose in OT... Again

Chicago Blackhawks Lose in OT... Again
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Blackhawks scored a late, game-tying goal to force overtime. And then lost when Corey Crawford allowed a soft goal. Heard enough? So have I. Mikkel Boedker was credited with the game-winning overtime goal for the second straight game. Unlike Game Three, when Boedker shot the puck... Read more »

Do the Chicago Blackhawks Really Miss Niklas Hjalmarsson?

Do the Chicago Blackhawks Really Miss Niklas Hjalmarsson?
On Feb. 15, we looked at the impact Niklas Hjalmarsson makes on the Chicago Blackhawks lineup. At that point, he had missed three games (all road losses), and the Hawks had been outscored 11-5 in those three games. There was a valid argument made at that time that three games is too small of a... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks Concussion Protocol Not Good Enough

Chicago Blackhawks Concussion Protocol Not Good Enough
The Chicago Blackhawks are now appear to have at least two (if not three) veterans missing action because of concussion problems. Unfortunately for the fans, and those players, it appears the organization hasn’t learned much from the delicate approach employed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, either. It appears the Hawks have some issues with how they’re... Read more »
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Chicago Blackhawks: Defensemen Decisions Determining Success

When trying to figure out how the Blackhawks need to be better to be legitimate Cup contenders, there is one statistic that desperately needs to be addressed. While the team’s goals against average is the obvious area of weakness, another stat shows where the Blackhawks need to improve most. No, the stat in question isn’t... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks Trade Rumors: Is Bobby Ryan On The Radar?

Chicago Blackhawks Trade Rumors: Is Bobby Ryan On The Radar?
Rumors out of southern California are that the Ducks might be shopping Bobby Ryan after an awful November has almost removed them from the Western Conference playoff picture already. Could the Blackhawks be interested in Ryan? Should they be? And, if they are, what might it cost to get him to Chicago? Should the Hawks... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks Blue Line Becoming Offensively Dominant

When the Blackhawks traded away Brian Campbell this summer and brought in Steve Montador, Sean O'Donnell and Sami Lepisto, the initial assumption was that Chicago would feel a drop-off on the offensive end of the ice. That couldn't be further from the truth. Indeed, the Blackhawks blue line is among the best offensive groups in the NHL to date. ...
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Chicago Blackhawks Preseason Over: What Did We Learn?

Chicago Blackhawks Preseason Over: What Did We Learn?
With the dull thud of a 4-1 loss in Washington, the preseason of the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks came to a close. So what were these exhibitions worth? Let’s take a look at how the roster could fill out. Brandon Saad still doesn’t have an entry-level contract (ELC), but he does apparently have a roster spot... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Festival Round-Up

Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Festival Round-Up
After watching a few hours of hockey on a Saturday morning in mid-September, it’s easy to predict that the Blackhawks will win the Stanley Cup in June of 2012. Of course it is. But what did we see during the training camp festival? Here are a few thoughts.   Positives Jonathan Toews was in mid-season... Read more »

NHL 2011-12 Preview: Ranking Western Conference Blue Lines

NHL 2011-12 Preview: Ranking Western Conference Blue Lines
Free agents have signed, most trades have happened, and now the longest month of the summer is upon hockey fans. The preseason begins in mid-September, and the sports world has basically succumed to football. To get ready for the coming NHL season, however, we’re going to look ahead. In a series of articles, we’ll rank... Read more »
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Blackhawks Sign Sami Lepisto: What's the Roster Impact?

Blackhawks Sign Sami Lepisto: What's the Roster Impact?
It was announced hours before the Blackhawks Convention opens that the team had reached an agreement with free agent defenseman Sami Lepisto on a one-year deal. What does this mean to the blue line for the Hawks this year? Let’s take a look. First, the Hawks now have seven defensemen on their NHL roster without... Read more »