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Blackhawks reunite Kane, Toews and Bickell | 04/23/2014 9:39 AM
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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are expected to remain on the same line for Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Chicago Tribune

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They were reunited, along with Bryan Bickell, in Game 3 after seeing some time together earlier in the series. "There is just lots of confidence there. We know what to expect," Toews said. "We know that every shift we go out there that we can get that puck possession and create stuff. The more we create, eventually it's going to go in." That trio helped the Blackhawks earn the Stanley Cup last year and they'll try to help Chicago even up their series with St. Louis on Wednesday.
Toews, Kane are back together on first line | 04/22/2014 5:21 PM
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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are likely to stick together after being reunited on the top line on Monday.
Chicago Tribune

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Bryan Bickell rounded out Chicago's first line. Toews scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 4:10 of the first period. "As you go through a series you look for things that might possibly work," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought that line was effective (Monday night). There's a lot of ability there." Chicago will attempt to even its series against St. Louis in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Sheldon Brookbank fills in nicely for Hawks | 04/22/2014 8:41 AM
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Sheldon Brookbank made his playoff debut on Monday in Game 3 and he played well.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He notched an assist and two blocks in 14:32 of ice time. Brookbank got a chance to play because of Brent Seabrook's suspension, which will last for another two games.
Bryan Bickell picks up eight hits in Game 3 | 04/22/2014 8:37 AM
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Bryan Bickell racked up eight hits in Game 3 versus St. Louis.
Chicago Sun-Times

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The 2013-14 campaign has been disappointing for Bickell after he signed a four-year, $16 million contract in the summer. He was excellent in the playoffs a year ago, which helped him earn that deal, but he doesn't have a point in three contests yet this series. If he can recapture some of that magic then he could erase some of the hardships he endured during the regular season.
Michal Handzus sacrifices in Game 3 win | 04/22/2014 8:30 AM
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Michal Handzus saw just 12:18 of ice time in Game 3, but he made an impact.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He was credited with three blocked shots and he picked up an assist on Marcus Kruger's empty net goal in Chicago's 2-0 victory. "The doctor - he's a warrior," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You can't say enough to what he brings the team and the little things he does so well. He leaves it out there. He's a great pro." 3:45 of his ice time was spent on the penalty kill and his fearlessness inspired his teammates in the contest. Handzus is a good leader for the Blackhawks, but he doesn't have much in the way of fantasy relevance.
Corey Crawford shuts out Blues in Game 3 | 04/21/2014 11:49 PM
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Corey Crawford was superb in goal for the Blackhawks Monday as they defeated St. Louis by a score of 2-0 in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

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Needing to avenge the 0-2 hole they found themselves in entering the night, the Blackhawks were in must-win territory and did just that with help from their netminder. Crawford turned aside all 34 shots he faced in the win for his first clean sheet of these playoffs.
Jonathan Toews lifts Hawks to Game 3 win | 04/21/2014 11:38 PM
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Jonathan Toews scored a goal for Chicago to help lift them to a 2-0 victory over the Blues in Game 3 of their opening round playoff series Monday.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The goal came just 4:10 into the contest and served to let the Blackhawks play with a lead nearly from the outset. Marcus Kruger chipped in with an empty-netter in the win.
Sheldon Brookbank might play Monday in Gm 3 | 04/21/2014 11:48 AM
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Sheldon Brookbank will probably be inserted into the lineup for Game 3 on Monday night.
Chicago Sun-Times

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The Blackhawks won't have Brent Seabrook available for the next three contests of the series due to a suspension. Brookbank appears to be the leading candidate to draw into the lineup in Seabrook's absence.
NHL suspends Brent Seabrook for 3 games | 04/20/2014 2:41 PM
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The NHL decided to suspend Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook three games for his charging hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes from Game 2.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

Impact
With Chicago down 2-0 in the series, Seabrook may not appear in another Blackhawks game this season if things go poorly for them. Seabrook has been fantastic lately, with four points in two games and also a great regular season (seven goals, 41 points, +23, 171 hits and 142 blocked shots).
Michal Rozsival finds back of net Saturday | 04/20/2014 9:49 AM
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Michal Rozsival scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday.
CSN Chicago

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It was Rozsival's fifth playoff goal in 77 career contests. He had a goal and eight points in 42 regular season games in 2013-14.
Crawford blames himself for Game 2 loss | 04/20/2014 9:47 AM
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Corey Crawford put a lot of the blame for Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to the Blues on his shoulders.
CSN Chicago

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Crawford surrendered the game-tying goal with just seven seconds left in the third period. "My pads were together but there was a little space there," Crawford said. "I have to find a way to make that save and our guys need me to make a save at the end. It's really frustrating being up and losing the lead two games in a row in the last couple of minutes. That's pretty much not acceptable. We're not going to win if I play like that. I have to be better." The Blackhawks are now down 2-0, but the silver lining is that the series will head back to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday.
Brandon Saad records two assists Saturday | 04/20/2014 9:37 AM
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Brandon Saad had two assists in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday.
CSN Chicago

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Saad is now on a three-game point streak, dating back to the regular season. He has three assists in Chicago's first two playoff contests.
Seabrook to have hearing with NHL for hit | 04/19/2014 10:47 PM
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Brent Seabrook will have a phone hearing with the NHL for his hit on David Backes in the third period of Game 2 of the first-round series.
John Shannon on Twitter

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No time has been set for the hearing just yet. The Blackhawks defenseman nailed Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position, with a hit to the head late in the third period of Saturday's game. Seabrook was given five minutes for charging and game misconduct, while a dazed Backes left the game and did not return. The Blues would tie it up with 6.4 seconds left in the regulation and win Game 2 in overtime.
NHL reviewing Seabrook's head hit on Backes | 04/19/2014 9:18 PM
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The NHL is reviewing Brent Seabrook's hit on David Backes that occurred at 15:19 of the third period in Game 2 of the series between the Blackhawks and Blues.
Nick Cotsonika on Twitter

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Not surprising news at all. The Blackhawks defenseman leveled Backes, who did not have the puck and was in a vulnerable position behind the net, with a high hit, connecting with his head. Seabrook was given fiven minutes for charging and a game misconduct, while Backes looked wobbly and departed from the game. The Blues would tie the game up on the power play with 6.4 seconds remaining and win it 4-3 in overtime.
Corey Crawford, Hawks lose in OT again to STL | 04/19/2014 6:43 PM
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Corey Crawford dropped another 4-3 overtime decision to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
This time it took only one extra session for the Blues to score the winner. Crawford was excellent in the contest, while stopping 21 shots, but his teammates couldn't hold off the Blues for a second straight playoff game. The Blackhawks will return home with a 2-0 series hole to dig themselves out of.
Keith among defensemen who've scored for CHI | 04/19/2014 6:37 PM
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Duncan Keith scored in Chicago's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon.
Rotoworld.com

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The Blackhawks' defense corps has accounted for five of the team's six goals in the series so far. Brent Seabrook concluded the match with a goal and a helper, while Michal Rozsival had other Chicago tally in the loss. The Hawks got some contributions from their forward group with winger Brandon Saad assisting on two goals in the contest.
Brent Seabrook ejected, could face suspension | 04/19/2014 6:10 PM
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Brent Seabrook was ejected from Saturday's contest against St. Louis after he took a run at David Backes.
Rotoworld.com

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He got five minutes for charging and a game misconduct on the play. The hit will probably end up with Seabrook facing further supplemental discipline as well. He had a goal and an assist in 23:21 of ice time prior to being tossed.
Quenneville loses $25k over obscene gesture | 04/18/2014 6:18 PM
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Joel Quenneville has been fined $25,000 for "inappropriate conduct."
NHL.com

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Quenneville, while expressing his anger over what he felt was a missed call by the officials during the second overtime period of Thursday's game, grabbed his crotch while yelling at the referees. He later apologized for the incident and called it "a bush-league move."
Quenneville apologizes for obscene gesture | 04/18/2014 2:43 PM
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Joel Quenneville has apologized for an obscene gesture he made during Game 1 of Chicago's series against St. Louis on Thursday.
Chicago Tribune

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Quenneville, unhappy that a delay of game penalty wasn't called against the Blues, grabbed his crotch as he yelled at the referees. The NHL is reviewing the incident. "I was definitely excited and disappointed at the call," Quenneville said. "I apologize for my behavior. It wasn't very appropriate at all. It was a bush-league move on my part."
Keith playsamazing 40:59 in triple OT game | 04/18/2014 12:16 PM
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Duncan Keith was on the ice for an unbelievable 40:59 Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

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That's understandable if you are the best defenseman on a team that has just participated in a triple overtime. If this series produces many more close games that go into extra time like Game 1, players like Keith and Alex Pietrangelo will be all worn out by the end of the first round.
Toews looks just fine after return from UBI | 04/18/2014 12:07 PM
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Jonathan Toews didn't have any trouble in his return to action Thursday night after missing the Blackhawks' last six games due to an upper-body injury.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
He was very effective in 32:37 of game action taking four shots on goal, registering two assists, one of which came as a result of a beautiful stretch pass that hit Patrick Kane in full stride leading to a gorgeous goal. Toews should be active in all playoff pools regardless of format.
Kane looks good in loss to Blues | 04/18/2014 12:03 PM
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Patrick Kane looked great in his return from a knee injury Thursday night against the Blues.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He was flying all over the ice in his first game since mid-March taking a team-high six shots on goal and scoring a highlight reel goal in the 28:31 of ice time he received. Needless to say Kane is safe to activate.
Brent Seabrok plays well despite loss | 04/18/2014 12:51 AM
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Brent Seabrook registered a goal and an assist for Chicago, but ended up on the losing end as the Blackhawks dropped a 4-3 decision in triple-overtime to St. Louis Thursday.
Rotoworld.com

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Seabrook's performance was quite something, but it wasn't enough to allow Chicago to avoid dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series in heartbreaking fashion. Johnny Oduya and Patrick Kane also found the back of the net for the Blackhawks in the loss.
Corey Crawford suffers tough luck in loss | 04/18/2014 12:47 AM
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Corey Crawford was the hard luck loser for Chicago in Thursday's 4-3 triple-overtime loss to the Blues.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crawford performed admirably in the defeat as he turned aside 47 of the 51 shots he faced in just over five periods of hockey. He may not have come away with a win in this scenario, but he has proven the ability to step up when it counts in the past.
Knee brace won't hinder Patrick Kane | 04/17/2014 5:17 PM
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Patrick Kane will be sporting a knee brace when he returns to the lineup on Thursday night.
Chicago Tribune

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"Once you get used to it you're fine," Kane said. "There's guys that have probably played with this type of thing their whole career and even guys on our team that have played with it. I think you kind of get used to it as you start playing and skating with it." Kane last played on Mar. 19 but he's ready to return for Game 1 against St. Louis.
Hawks confident with Corey Crawford in goal | 04/17/2014 11:50 AM
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The Blackhawks are very confident with goaltender Corey Crawford despite his doubters outside of Chicago.
Chicago Sun-Times

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"I don't know why, that's a good question," Bryan Bickell said. "He's our backbone. He's our goalie, and that's one of the reasons we're going to keep him here long term because he is one of the elite goalies in this league." Crawford was solid during the regular season and he was great when Chicago won the Stanley Cup last year.
Chicago calls up Mac Carruth | 04/16/2014 4:50 PM
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Mac Carruth has been called up by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks.nhl.com

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Carruth was presumably summoned to help out in practices, as there's no chance that he will be asked to start in a playoff game. The 22-year-old had a 3.38 GAA and .893 save percentage in 32 ECHL contests in 2013-14.
Michal Handzus centers 2nd line at practice | 04/16/2014 9:02 AM
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Michal Handzus was back on Chicago's second line at practice on Tuesday.
Chicago Tribune

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He skated between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp in the session. Handzus recorded just four goals and 16 points in 59 games during the regular season. If he opens the playoffs with Hossa and Sharp as his wingers then he could get a good fantasy boost.
Jonathan Toews skates with Versteeg, Saad | 04/16/2014 8:58 AM
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Jonathan Toews skated between Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad on Tuesday.
Chicago Tribune

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He missed Chicago's last six games of the regular season with an upper-body injury, but he'll play in Game 1 against St. Louis on Thursday night.
Patrick Kane took part in full practice Tues. | 04/16/2014 8:53 AM
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Patrick Kane skated on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw on Tuesday.
Chicago Tribune

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It was his first full practice with his teammates after missing the last 12 games of the regular season with a knee injury. "It was nice to do some drills that are game-like, whether it was three-on-twos up the ice or power play or defensive zone coverage, things like that to get back into it," said Kane.
Jeremy Morin likely to be scratched Thursday | 04/16/2014 8:49 AM
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Jeremy Morin was an odd man out at practice on Tuesday.
Chicago Tribune

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He skated with probable scratches Peter Regin and Joakim Nordstrom. "Obviously you want to be in the lineup, but I can say honestly I'm really excited just be a part of it," Morin said. "I've never experienced playoffs before in pro hockey. Anything I can do, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be here." Morin was red hot at the end of the regular season, with four goals and two assists in six games, but he'll get bumped from the lineup with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews set to return.
Patrick Sharp practices on new line Tuesday | 04/15/2014 6:52 PM
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Patrick Sharp practiced on a line with Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa on Tuesday in preparation for the Blackhawks playoff opener on Thursday in St. Louis.
ESPN Chicago

Impact
It was the first practice in nearly a month where the Hawks iced a completely healthy lineup. Head Coach Joel Quenneville chose to split up his three highest producing forwards in Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane onto separate lines. Coach Q appears to be favoring a balanced attack in the playoffs, but Sharp has proven that he could excel with anyone on his line this season. Though Sharp played with Toews the majority of the year, the talented forward managed three goals and two assists without the dynamic centerman in the final seven games of the regular season.
Marian Hossa top defensive forward, Hawks say | 04/15/2014 9:58 AM
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While the recognition he does get usually is for his offensive contributions - he reached the 30-goal plateau for the eighth time in his career - it's Marian Hossa's work without the puck that makes him such an elite player, even at 35.
Chicago Sun-Times

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Hossa led the league in takeaways for much of the season, but missing 10 games with injuries and family matters dropped him to fifth overall. But in 72 games, he had 75 takeaways - the highest average per game among league leaders. There's no question Hossa is one of the best - if not the best - two-way players in the world. But he won't likely win the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the league's top defensive forward, because it traditionally goes to a center. Hossa is a right winger. The likely Selke winner this year will be Boston's Patrice Bergeron. "It seems like only the centers get mentioned a lot," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "But Hossa, two-way, is as good as any player in the league. Start getting him in that category. You have my support."
Patrick Kane eager to return for Game 1 | 04/14/2014 4:57 PM
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Patrick Kane (lower body) skated Monday as he prepares to return to the lineup in Chicago's playoff opener on Thursday night.
Chicago Tribune

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"I feel pretty good," Kane said. "I've had some time to rest my injury, obviously, the right amount of time, and with anything you want to make sure you're feeling good coming back. I think that's where I'm at right now. It'll be nice to get a couple skates with the team (Tuesday) and Wednesday and the pregame skate Thursday and get ready to go." He hasn't played since Mar. 19 because of a lower-body injury.
Jonathan Toews feels good, excited to return | 04/14/2014 4:54 PM
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Jonathan Toews (upper body) participated in Monday's optional practice and said he felt "really good."
Chicago Tribune

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"(Tuesday) I'll be out there with the boys, back to the usual routine," Toews added. "It's kind of nice. It's not fun to be on your own program for a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to being back." He hasn't played since Mar. 30, but he's slated to return to the lineup for Game 1 against St. Louis on Thursday.
Brandon Bollig plays in all 82 games | 04/14/2014 12:28 PM
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Brandon Bollig appeared in all 82 games for the Blackhawks this season.
Chicago Sun-Times

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However, Bollig isn't sure if he's guaranteed himself a spot in the lineup for the playoffs. "There are a lot of guys fighting for playing time right now and earning their way in," he said. "It's nice to have that competition - it keeps guys fresh and keeps guys honest. Nobody gets complacent, and everyone's kind of fighting every night. That can be very good for a team because obviously everyone wants to play every game. The competition keeps guys hungry." He finished the year with seven goals and 14 points after not recording a point in his previous 43 NHL outings.
Marian Hossa scores 30th, then gets benched | 04/13/2014 10:12 AM
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Marian Hossa scored his 30th goal of the season on Saturday.
CSN Chicago

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Hossa netted the goal midway through the first period and only logged 4:30 minutes as a result. "I said, 'Well, if you do score early I'm going to pull you,'" Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville explained. "And that's what happened." It was the Blackhawks' last game of the season and their playoff position had already been decided, so making sure none of their top players got injured was their main concern.
Coach: Toews 'absolutely' ready for playoffs | 04/13/2014 10:08 AM
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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Jonathan Toews will "absolutely" participate in the playoff opener.
CSN Chicago

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Toews missed Chicago's final six regular season games. He had 28 goals and 68 points in 76 contests in 2013-14.
Patrick Kane is good to play in Game 1 | 04/13/2014 10:07 AM
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Patrick Kane (lower body) will definitely be available for Game 1 of the first round, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.
CSN Chicago

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Kane hasn't played since March 19th due to the injury. He finished the regular season with 29 goals and 69 points in 69 games this season.
G Antti Raanta stops only 16 shots and loses | 04/12/2014 11:11 PM
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Goalie Antti Raanta, Corey Crawford's backup, could turn aside only 16 shots in the Chicago Blackhawks' 7-5 loss to the Predators in Nashville Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The game marked the end of the regular season for the Blackhawks. The Stanley Cup defending championship finished with a 46-21-15 record, good for third in the Central Division. They will face either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference first round. Raanta finishes the season with a record of 13-5-4, a GAA of 2.71 and a save percentage of .897.
Andrew Shaw grabs two points in Hawks' loss | 04/12/2014 11:07 PM
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Andrew Shaw produced a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks ended their regular season in unimpressive fashion Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The depleted Blackhawks squandered a 3-2 lead entering the third period and wound up on the losing end of a 7-5 outcome in Nashville. The defending Stanley Cup champions now enter next week's playoffs on two-game losing streak. Playing without six top players -- center Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane are injured, and coach Joel Quenneville elected to rest defensemen Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson and centers Michael Handzus and Marcus Kruger -- the Blackhawks blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2 one night after a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. Shaw's goal was his 20th of the season. He also posted his 19th assist. Brandon Saad also had a two-point night for Chicago with two assists to give him 28. Other Chicago goals Saturday were scored by Marian Hossa (30th), Matt Carey (first), Jeremy Morin (fifth) and Ben Smith (14th).
Keith likely to play Saturday v Preds | 04/12/2014 12:45 PM
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Look for Duncan Keith to play Saturday night against Nashville.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He sat out Friday's game against Washington to rest up for the playoffs but looks as if he wants to dress tonight to warm up for the playoffs. Activate him immediately.
Raanta to start v Preds Saturday night | 04/12/2014 12:34 PM
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Look for Antti Raanta to start in goal against the Predators Saturday night.
Tracey Myers Twitter

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He has not played in a week but will get the call to give Corey Crawford a rest heading into the playoffs.
Corey Crawford yanked, stopped just 16/20 | 04/11/2014 10:00 PM
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Corey Crawford was pulled after two periods of work and four goals allowed in Friday night's 4-0 loss to the Capitals.
Rotoworld.com

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Crawford allowed all four goals on 20 shots, getting the hook for the first time since Nov. 19 and allowing over three goals for the first time since Jan. 22. Crawford has his three game winning streak snapped, and drops to 32-16-10 this season with a .917 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average.
Andrew Shaw, Hawks shut out by Caps | 04/11/2014 9:49 PM
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Andrew Shaw and the rest of the Blackhawks were shut out by the Washington Capitals on Friday night by a score of 4-0.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Shaw's production has not benefited from his promotion to the Hawks' top line in the absence of Jonathan Toews. The feisty centerman has just one assist in five games playing with talented wingers Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.
Duncan Keith will be a healthy scratch Friday | 04/11/2014 6:42 PM
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Duncan Keith isn't taking part in the Chicago Blackhawks' pregame warmup Friday night.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

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It looks like Keith will be a healthy scratch as Chicago gets ready for the playoffs. He has six goals and 61 points in 79 games this season.
Corey Crawford is expected to start Friday | 04/11/2014 12:33 PM
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Corey Crawford will start against Washington on Friday.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

Impact
Crawford will be going for his fourth straight victory. He has a 2.22 GAA and .918 save percentage in 58 contests this season.
Hawks send Teuvo Teravainen to the AHL | 04/10/2014 5:31 PM
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Teuvo Teravainen has been reassigned to the minors.
Blackhawks.nhl.com

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He will try to help Rockford qualify for the AHL playoffs. The IceHogs are competing with Rochester for the final postseason spot in the Western Conference. Teravainen played in three games for Chicago after coming over from Finland.
Marian Hossa sparks comeback win vs. Habs | 04/10/2014 11:47 AM
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Marian Hossa potted the game-tying goal with 47.7 seconds remaining in the third period in Wednesday's overtime win over Montreal.
Chicago Tribune

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He is one goal away from 30 on the season with two games left to play. Hossa also assisted on Patrick Sharp's winning tally in the extra session to give him 59 points in 70 games.
Corey Crawford earns win over Canadiens | 04/09/2014 10:19 PM
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Corey Crawford turned in a sharp performance for the Blackhawks in a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal Wednesday.
Rotoworld.com

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The Blackhawks netminder turned aside 28 of 30 shots in the victory, which was his 32nd of the campaign. His overall record stands at 32-15-10 while his GAA is 2.22 and his save percentage is .918.
Patrick Sharp lifts Chicago to OT win | 04/09/2014 10:16 PM
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Patrick Sharp recorded a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

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The Team Canada winger was silent until the third period when he drew an assist on Marian Hossa's tying goal in the final minute. He followed that up by scoring the OT winner to send the Habs to the locker room. Jeremy Morin also found the back of the net for Chicago in the win.
Patrick Kane should be fine for playoffs | 04/09/2014 1:03 PM
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Patrick Kane (lower body) thinks he'll be fine for the start of the playoffs.
Chris Kuc on Twitter

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Kane won't be back before the end of the regular season though. He hasn't played since March 19, but the silver lining is that he should be well rested for the postseason.
Jonathan Toews (arm) could skate Thursday | 04/09/2014 12:38 PM
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Jonathan Toews (arm) might start skating on Thursday.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

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Toews isn't expected to return before the end of the regular season, but the Blackhawks think he'll be fine for the playoffs. He has 28 goals and 68 points in 76 games in 2013-14.
Brandon Saad is expected to play Wednesday | 04/08/2014 3:21 PM
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Brandon Saad will draw back into the Blackhawks' lineup on Wednesday.
CSN Chicago

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Saad spent Sunday's game in the press box, but Chicago still has high hopes for him. "He's a big part of our team; I liked how he practiced today," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on Tuesday. "He gives us a lot of intangibles. He brings skill to our lineup, has speed, he's dangerous off the rush, and heavy in the puck area. We can use him on both sides of the ice. He'll be useful as we go along here and it's one game, so let's move on and be excited about tomorrow's game." Saad has 45 points and 20 penalty minutes in 75 games in 2013-14.
Johnny Oduya should return on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 1:53 PM
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Look for Johnny Oduya (lower body) to rejoin the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Blackhawks.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Oduya was sidelined for three consecutive contests. He has three goals and 15 points in 74 games this season. He also ranks third on the team with 111 blocked shots.
Marcus Kruger scores GWG against Blues | 04/07/2014 11:55 AM
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Marcus Kruger had the game-winning goal in Sunday's 4-2 triumph over St. Louis.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He gave the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead less than a minute into the third period to give him eight goals on the year. The marker snapped an eight-game pointless drought for the checking-line forward.
Jeremy Morin has a 3-game point streak | 04/07/2014 11:50 AM
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Jeremy Morin notched a goal and an assist to help Chicago earn a 4-2 win over St. Louis on Sunday.
Chicago Tribune

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He has two goals and two helpers in his past three games. Morin has stepped up of late for a Blackhawks' team which is missing star players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. "It feels good to contribute," Morin said. "It's exciting getting three wins in a row. (We want to) just keep moving forward." He will be hoping to keep his roster spot in the playoffs when it's expected that the team will return to full health.
Ben Smith scores in SO win over Wild | 04/04/2014 9:28 AM
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Ben Smith tallied his 11th goal of the season in Thursday's shootout win over Minnesota.
Rotoworld.com

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He finished the match with 18:08 of ice time and he was stopped on his shootout attempt. Smith has skated in a personal high 70 games this year with Chicago and he's earned 23 points.
Johnny Oduya sits with LBI Thursday night | 04/04/2014 9:16 AM
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Johnny Oduya was a late scratch Thursday due to a lower-body injury.
Chicago Tribune

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He participated in the morning skate and in warmups before deciding to sit out. Coach Joel Quenneville said that Oduya wouldn't play Friday night either, but the injury isn't serious. He is listed as day-to-day.
Blackhawks use Andrew Shaw on top line | 04/04/2014 9:13 AM
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Andrew Shaw played between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on Thursday night.
Chicago Tribune

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"It's a big responsibility and I like taking that on," said Shaw, who gets the opportunity to center the top line with Jonathan Toews sidelined for the rest of the regular season. "I have to play strong defensively and compete in those puck areas, get the puck out. Obviously I'm playing with great players. Hopefully we can create some chemistry here." He played a season-high 22:08 of ice time in Chicago's 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota.
Bryan Bickell returns, scores for Blackhawks | 04/03/2014 11:20 PM
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Bryan Bickell netted a goal for the Blackhawks in their 3-2 shootout victory against the Wild on Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He had not played since March 19 as he dealt with an upper-body injury. Bickell's 11th goal of the season came in the third period. The rugged winger has just 13 points on the year and is a much more valuable real-life player than fantasy one. Ben Smith picked up the other marker. Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy and Jeremy Morin had the helpers.
Corey Crawford reaches wins 30th game | 04/03/2014 11:19 PM
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Corey Crawford made 25 saves for Chicago, which topped the Wild 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The win is Crawford's second in five games. It is the third time in four seasons -- though last year's was shortened because of the lockout -- that he has reached 30 wins. Crawford has a 2.23 goals-against average and .918 save percentage this season.
Hawks will scratch Michal Handzus Thursday | 04/03/2014 6:28 PM
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Michal Handzus will be scratched Thursday night versus Minnesota.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
He was limited to 8:11 of ice time in Chicago's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday, but it wasn't because of an injury. Handzus has four goals and 11 assists in 56 games this season.
Teuvo Teravainen won't play Thursday | 04/03/2014 6:24 PM
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Teuvo Teravainen will be a healthy scratch Thursday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
Coach Joel Quenneville plans to use the rest of the season as an education process for the 19-year-old prospect, so it's unclear how much game action he'll receive. Teravainen may play Friday night against Columbus. He doesn't have a point in three outings with the Blackhawks.
Michal Rozsival might be back on Friday | 04/03/2014 11:37 AM
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Michal Rozsival (lower body) might be available to play on Friday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
"I'm not sure, can't really say 100 percent right now." he said. "(Wednesday) was my first full practice with the team after a while, so I'm excited." He has been sidelined since Mar. 16 due to a lower-body injury.
Bryan Bickell ready to return Thursday night | 04/03/2014 11:32 AM
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Bryan Bickell (upper body) will be back in the lineup on Thursday when Chicago hosts Minnesota.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
"He was flying there at practice. He has been skating really well," coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday. "Certainly you can use his size and his speed and his pace and some physicality to his game, which is noticeable. And he definitely was playing his best hockey going into that injury." Bickell has been out of action since Mar. 19 because of an upper-body injury. He has just 10 goals and two assists in 53 games this season.
Blackhawks ink draft pick Stephen Johns | 04/02/2014 6:16 PM
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Chicago has signed 2010 draft pick Stephen Johns to a two-year contract.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
The big blueliner had eight goals, 12 assists and 69 penalty minutes in 40 games during his senior season with Notre Dame in 2013-14. Johns was selected in the second round (60th overall) by the Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane set to resume skating | 04/02/2014 1:52 PM
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Patrick Kane (lower body) is expected to be back on the ice in the next couple of days, according to coach Joel Quenneville.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

Impact
He won't play in Chicago's last six games of the regular season, but it's expected that he'll be ready to play once the playoffs begin. Kane is still second on the Blackhawks in scoring with 29 goals and 69 points in 69 games. He hasn't played since Mar. 19 because of a lower-body ailment.
Jonathan Toews out for rest of regular season | 04/02/2014 1:45 PM
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Jonathan Toews (upper body) won't play again during the regular season.
Chicago Blackhawks on Twitter

Impact
Coach Joel Quenneville said that Toews is expected to be "100 percent" for the playoffs. The Chicago captain was injured on a hard hit from Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik on Sunday. Cut him loose if you are in a one-year league. Toews had 28 goals and 68 points in 76 games.
Hawks bring up Joakim Nordstrom | 04/02/2014 1:16 PM
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Joakim Nordstrom has been recalled by Chicago.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

Impact
He joined the Blackhawks for practice on Wednesday. Nordstrom has 17 goals and 33 points in 58 games with Rockford of the AHL this season. He has also appeared in 10 matches with Chicago.
Chicago partners with ECHL Indy Fuel | 04/01/2014 3:20 PM
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The Indy Fuel will serve as the Chicago Blackhawks' new ECHL affiliate.
CSN Chicago

Impact
The Fuel will replace the Toledo Walleye in that role. The team will begin its inaugural season in 2014-15 and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. "We are excited to begin this new partnership with the Indy Fuel," Blackhawks director of hockey administration and general manager of minor league affiliations Mark Bernard said. "The Blackhawks and the city of Indianapolis have a history of developing many players that have had successful National Hockey League careers and we look forward to doing the same with the Fuel and our deep group of talented prospects. The Blackhawks would also like to thank Joe Napoli, Nick Vitucci and the entire Toledo Walleye organization and their fans for a successful affiliation over the past five seasons."
Hawks' coach: I don't think injury is serious | 03/30/2014 11:27 PM
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Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday night that he doesn't think an arm injury to superstar captain Jonathan Toews is serious.
espn.com

Impact
"We'll know more (Monday). We'll call him day to day," Quenneville said Sunday night after Chicago's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh. "We''ll get a better assessment [Monday]. I don't think it's serious." Toews left Sunday night's game in Pittsburgh late in the second period with an apparent left arm injury after getting hit into the boards by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Toews was chasing a puck along the boards in the Penguins zone when Orpik hit him hard on the left arm/shoulder. Toews immediately went to the bench holding his arm. There was no penalty on the play. Orpik appeared to leave his feet as he delivered the blow but that could have been caused by the hit itself. A suspension is possible. The Hawks were trailing the Penguins 2-1 at the time. Toews has 28 goals and 40 assists in 75 games. The Hawks are already without superstar winger Patrick Kane (lower body) for what's left of the regular season.
G Corey Crawford stops 23 in 4-1 loss to Pens | 03/30/2014 10:44 PM
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Chicago goalie Corey Crawford turned aside 23 shots in the Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Hawks not only lost the game in this one but their captain, as well. Jonathan Toews had to leave in the second period after taking a very hard hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. Toews left the game favoring his arm. Chicago, which is already without another superstar, Patrick Kane (lower body), has lost four of its past five games and each of its three games on this road trip. The team remains in third in the Central Division with 99 points, one behind the Colorado Avalanche. Crawford allowed three of the four goals Sunday night. The fourth was put into an empty net by Sidney Crosby, his second goal of the night. Crawford's record is now 29-15-10 while his GAA is 2.23 and his save percentage, .918.
Sheldon Brookbank nets lone goal for Hawks | 03/30/2014 10:31 PM
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Sheldon Brookbank scored his second goal of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Patrick Sharp got one of the assists on Brookbank's goal. It was Sharp's 42nd assist of the season. Clearly, however, the loss of the Hawks' captain, Jonathan Toews, overshadowed their loss of the game. The defending Stanley Cup champions lost Toews to an upper-body injury in the second period. Toews, with his head down, was driven hard into the boards by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik while attempting to collect the puck 13:20 into the second. He skated to the bench favoring either his left arm or shoulder and retreated down the runway to Chicago's dressing room shortly after. He did not return.
Jonathan Toews out with upper-body injury | 03/30/2014 10:07 PM
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Superstar Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks had to leave a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night with an upper-body injury.
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/puck-daddy/jonathan-

Impact
Toward the end of the second period, with the Pens holding a 2-1 lead, Toews took control of the puck along the boards when Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik drilled him. The Chicago captain did not see Orpik coming. Toews, third on the Blackhawks with 68 points (28 goals) in 75 games this season, was holding his arm when he went back to the bench. He eventually went back into the locker room and did not return for the rest of the game, won 4-1 by the Pens. The Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot, but they are in a battle for home ice advantage in the first round with the Colorado Avalanche. The Hawks are already without another superstar, Patrick Kane (lower body), who will be out for at least the rest of the regular season. Go here to see a video of the Orpik hit on Toews: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/puck-daddy/jonathan-toews-knocked-out-of-game-vs--penguins-after-brooks-orpik-hit--video-014337117.html.
Blackhawks sit Bryan Bickell on Sunday | 03/30/2014 12:58 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks are playing it safe with Bryan Bickell on Sunday, as they're sitting him against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of an upper-body injury.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

Impact
The Blackhawks note that he'd play if it were the playoffs (real, not fantasy), but they're being cautious. It's doubtful that many have been expecting much from Bickell, really, with just 12 points and 23 PIM in 53 games played this season after a breakout playoffs for the 28-year-old.
Marian Hossa will indeed play on Sunday | 03/30/2014 12:50 PM
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Despite skipping Sunday's morning skate, it appears that Marian Hossa is good to go for the Chicago Blackhawks' match against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

Impact
Teuvo Teravainen is also in action for Chicago today. Hossa has two goals in his last three games and seems suited to help fantasy owners who may very well depend on a few shots and goals here and there to win weekly playoff series (if applicable).
Corey Crawford will probably start Sunday | 03/30/2014 9:46 AM
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Corey Crawford is likely to start on Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Chicago will attempt to snap its two-game losing streak as it battles for the second seed in the Central Division. Crawford got Friday's game off after starting in five consecutive contests.
Blackhawks secure their postseason spot | 03/30/2014 9:43 AM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have officially secured a postseason berth.
CSN Chicago

Impact
The Blackhawks didn't play on Saturday, but they got into the playoffs courtesy of Minnesota's 3-1 win over Phoenix. This will be Chicago's sixth straight postseason appearance. They have won the Stanley Cup in two of their last four years, so another championship in 2014 would cause the debate over whether or not the Blackhawks are a modern dynasty to heat up.
Shaw will not face any further NHL discipline | 03/29/2014 12:24 PM
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Andrew Shaw will not be suspended for his spear on the Senators' Zach Smith.
Chris Kuc Twitter

Impact
There was a concern amongst the Blackhawks that Shaw would have to deal with some additional NHL discipline but that will not be the case. Shaw did get 17 minutes in penalties for the spearing infraction that took place in Friday's game, though.
Kane still not doing anything hockey related | 03/29/2014 12:17 PM
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Patrick Kane is not doing anything hockey related at the moment.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
That said he is progressing in his recovery from a lower-body injury and according to Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, he is "right on course". That would be for a return once the playoffs start.
Rsival resumes skating | 03/29/2014 12:12 PM
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Michal Rozsival has resumed skating and could return to action Thursday against Minnesota.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
He has not played since March 16th due to a lower-body injury. Rozsival has not been a fanatasy factor in years so this news is of little consequence to those competing in hockey pools.
Bickell not ruled out for Sunday's game | 03/29/2014 12:08 PM
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Bryan Bickell, who has missed the Blackhawks' last five games due to an upper-body injury, has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
Hawk coach Joel Quenneville believes Bickell "is close" to coming back. Stay tuned for updates on Sunday prior to the 7:30 game.
Teravainen a healthy scratch Friday | 03/29/2014 12:02 PM
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Teuvo Teravainen was a healthy scratch against the Senators Friday night.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
It is all part of the aclimation process to the NHL. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has liked what he has seen from the Fiinish rookie but wants him to shoot more rather than pass when he is in a scoring area. "Offensively, you think of shooting," Quenneville said. "He has the puck in some good areas there, and he looks like he wants to dish a lot of times, but think of getting it to the net yourself, and get some action off of that." Look for Teravianen to be back in the lineup Sunday against the Penguins. We love his potential so keep a close watch on him and don't be afraid to pick him up if you are in a dynasty league.
Antti Raanta allows five goals in another L | 03/28/2014 10:33 PM
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Antti Raanta allowed five goals on 29 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Raanta falls to 12-4-4 on the season and posts his fifth straight abysmal start. The 24 year old Finn was superb filling in while starter Corey Crawford was injured earlier in the season, but the Hawks cannot be happy with their backup right now, who has allowed 15 goals in his last four appearances.
Andrew Shaw receives game misconduct in loss | 03/28/2014 10:32 PM
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Andrew Shaw picked up 17 penalty minutes in the Hawks' 5-3 loss to Ottawa on Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Shaw was handed a game misconduct for spearing in the third period. Chicago was beaten by a Sens team that came to play, holding Jonathan Toews to just one point, the sizzling Duncan Keith to no points and a -3 showing while easily solving Anttii Raanta five times. Shaw has 36 points this season with 74 penalty minutes in 72 games.
Antti Raanta is expected to start on Friday | 03/28/2014 5:37 PM
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Antti Raanta will start for Chicago on Friday.
Chris Kuc on Twitter

Impact
Corey Crawford will get a night off after starting on Thursday. Raantan has a 2.45 GAA and .905 save percentage in 21 games in 2013-14.
Michal Rozsival still sidelined with LBI | 03/28/2014 9:28 AM
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Michal Rozsival has missed six games with a lower-body injury.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
He hasn't played since Mar. 16 and it's unclear when he'll be able to return.
Bryan Bickell out again Thursday with UBI | 03/28/2014 9:25 AM
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Bryan Bickell (upper body) was absent for a fourth straight game on Thursday.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
The 2013-14 campaign has been incredibly disappointing for Bickell. He has registered just 10 goals and two assists in 53 games after he cashed in on a four-year, $16 million contract after an impressive 2013 playoffs.
Brandon Saad is helping out Teravainen | 03/28/2014 9:22 AM
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Brandon Saad has taken it upon himself to help out Chicago newcomer Teuvo Teravainen.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
"Any questions he has, I'm young, but I've been through it," said Saad. "Rooming with him is definitely going to help out, especially playing on the same line to get some of that chemistry off the ice." Saad is only 21 years of age but he already has 119 games of NHL experience under his belt.
Patrick Sharp cooled off by Bruins | 03/27/2014 9:54 PM
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Patrick Sharp was unable to continue his recent scoring ways in Thursday's 3-0 shutout loss to Boston.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Sharp entered the game having registered seven points over his past six contests. but he and his Blackhawks teammates were unable to solve Tuukka Rask on this night. The talented forward did manage to registered four shots on goal in the losing effort.
Corey Crawford and Hawks upended by Bs | 03/27/2014 9:52 PM
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Corey Crawford and the Blackhawks were no match for Boston on Thursday night as the Bruins cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crawford was beaten three times on 23 shots in the loss, which drops his record to a still-impressive 29-14-10. His GAA is now 2.22 while his save percentage is .918.
Duncan Keith is still going strong for Hawks | 03/27/2014 10:42 AM
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Duncan Keith has produced three goals and six assists in his last 11 outings.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
Coach Joel Quenneville has eased up on the practices since the Sochi Games and it's worked out well for Keith, who won a gold medal with Canada. "He's been at a better level this year as far as both sides of the puck," the Chicago bench boss said of Keith's play this year. "Game in, game out, he does everything we look for." He has earned 57 points, which ranks him second among all blueliners in scoring, and a plus-24 rating in 72 games this campaign. He'll be a top contender for the Norris Trophy at the end of the year.
Andrew Shaw registers 2 points vs. Dallas | 03/26/2014 8:39 AM
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Andrew Shaw notched a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Dallas.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
Shaw has enjoyed an impressive stretch this month with five goals and 10 points in his past 10 matches. He has 36 points along with 57 penalty minutes and 154 hits in 71 games this season.
Teuvo Teravainen earns praise from Coach Q | 03/26/2014 8:34 AM
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Teuvo Teravainen didn't light up the stat sheet in his first NHL game Tuesday night, but coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw.
Chicago Tribune

Impact
"His awareness around the rink, both sides of the puck (and) in the faceoff circle were very strong," Quenneville said. "I thought he did a nice job. Good start." He went 7-for-7 in the faceoff dot, but didn't have a shot or a point in 11:39 of ice time.
Corey Crawford superb in Hawks win | 03/26/2014 12:27 AM
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Corey Crawford made 25 saves on 27 shots to help lead the Blackhawks past the Stars by a score of 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Crawford is 4-1 in his past five games with a shutout and just seven goals allowed in that span. His season record improves to 29-13-10 with a .919 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average. Crawford is getting better and better this season, which is scary for whomever draws the Hawks come playoff time.
Duncan Keith's two points lift Hawks | 03/26/2014 12:21 AM
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Duncan Keith tallied a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-2 win over Dallas on Tuesday night, keeping his hot streak alive.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Three of Keith's six goals this season have come within the past five games. He also registered his 51st assist of the season, bumping his point total to 57 through 72 games this season. Keith still has ways to go to beat his career high of 69 points set in 2009-10.
Teuvo Teravainen will make his debut Tuesday | 03/25/2014 12:16 PM
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Teuvo Teravainen confirmed that he will make his NHL debut on Tuesday.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

Impact
Teravainen is making the adjustment to North American hockey, so we would recommend tempering expectations in the short term. However, the 19-year-old forward is very talented and should be one of the league's top rookies next season.
Blackhawks sign Trevor van Riemsdyk | 03/25/2014 8:13 AM
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Trevor van Riemsdyk has signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Blackhawks.nhl.com

Impact
He just finished his third year with the University of New Hampshire, where he had 23 points in 26 games. Trevor is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk.
Hawks' Matt Carey hopes to learn the ropes | 03/24/2014 11:33 AM
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Matt Carey will play in a game with the Blackhawks before the season is over.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
However, he is not ineligible to play in the playoffs or in the AHL because he was signed after the trade deadline. "I'm looking to come and learn how the professionals live, the lifestyle," Carey said. "And I need to improve a little bit on my defensive game. I'm looking forward to shadow a little bit on Jonathan Toews, see how he plays. That's about it." He skated with Chicago's assistant coaches and fellow prospect Teuvo Teravainen on Saturday and Sunday morning.
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