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POSTED ON Friday, 03.16.2012 / 9:47 AM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.

1. Brent Seabrook ranks third among Western Conference defensemen with 175 hits this season.

Seabrook’s 175 hits puts him on pace for 203 this season. Seabrook has led Blackhawks defensemen in hits six out of his seven NHL seasons (every season except his rookie year in 2005-06). He also ranks fourth among Western Conference defenseman in blocks with 147.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.09.2012 / 2:00 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Music is a central part of a hockey player’s routine, whether it’s the songs running through the locker room speakers after a game or through his headphones in preparation. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is no different, and he gave us his top five favorite country songs.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.09.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog



Blackhawks TV’s “Monuments to Excellence” premiered Wednesday night at Navy Pier IMAX, sharing the story of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita’s careers and culminating with the unveiling of their statues outside the United Center earlier this season. As a celebration of that event and the duo’s place in Blackhawks history, we bring you The Friday Five: Hull and Mikita Edition

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.02.2012 / 12:48 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Each week, the Blackhawks Blog will give you five stats you need to know about the Blackhawks this season.

1. Duncan Keith is the second blueliner in Blackhawks history with six 30+ point seasons in his first seven NHL campaigns.

Keith has been an All-Star and won a Norris Trophy in 2010 and now he’s only the second Blackhawks blueliner to claim this feat (the first was fellow Norris winner Doug Wilson).

2. The Blackhawks have a 70-8-12 record all-time when Patrick Kane has recorded a multi-point game.

Not only does a Kane multi-point game give Chicago a good chance to win, but he’s only the third player in franchise history with 50+ points in each of his first five seasons, following Denis Savard and Jonathan Toews.

3. Center Dave Bolland leads the Blackhawks in shooting percentage at 17.7 percent.

While “The Rat” is seen as a grinder, he makes his shots count. He has 17 goals as of Feb. 24, which still leaves him 20 games to pot two more and tie his career-high of 19, set during the 2008-09 season. His shooting percentage that season was 17.1 percent, also a career-high.

4. Nick Leddy’s 30 points (3G, 27A) so far this season are the fourth-highest single-season total ever from a Blackhawks defenseman before the age of 21.

Leddy turns 21 on March 20, but he has already reached a milestone in his young career with 30 points. The 10th-youngest defenseman in the NHL this season, Leddy has played in all 65 Blackhawks games so far in 2011-12.

5. Chicago has a record of 21-1-0 in which forward Andrew Brunette records a point.

Brunette’s 22 points may not be the most among Blackhawks players, but they are valuable. The forward has recorded nine goals and 12 assists through 61 games this season, tallying them almost exclusively in wins.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 3:15 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Both sidelined by upper-body injuries, center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will not be on the ice Friday when Chicago faces the Senators in Ottawa, but both are making progress, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.24.2012 / 1:49 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) and Steve Montador (upper body) and center Jonathan Toews (upper body) did not travel with the team and will not play on this weekend’s two-game road trip.

Hjalmarsson missed seven games before playing Thursday night against the Dallas Stars. Toews has missed two games, last playing on Feb. 19 against the St. Louis Blues. Montador has missed eight games and last played on Feb. 7 against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Blackhawks face off against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. They take on the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday on NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. CT.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.21.2012 / 1:53 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Hjalmarsson

Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Feb. 10, practiced with the Blackhawks during the team’s morning skate on Tuesday, but the defenseman said he will not play until he feels 100 percent.

Hjalmarsson felt sick and was sent home before the team’s early-February game against the San Jose Sharks. Tuesday was the first time he has skated with the team since then, but he will not play tonight when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.07.2012 / 4:43 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Ever wonder how the Blackhawks stack up against NHL competition beyond just wins and losses? The Hockey News released their “Best of Everything in Hockey” issue last week and the Blackhawks, along with three individual players, placed among the top three in thirteen categories, including four first-place honors.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.06.2012 / 2:28 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Emery
Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks on Tuesday when they visit the Colorado Avalanche Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday. The game will be Emery’s second consecutive start.

“He played very well basically every time he’s been in the net for us this year,” Quenneville said. “He’s been consistent. He’s been solid, predictable, dependable. The guys played well in front of him the other night. He earned another start.”

Emery is 11-4-2 on the season and has appeared in 20 games, posting a .904 save percentage and 2.73 goals-against average. He has faced Colorado twice before, once as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009 and once last season with the Anaheim Ducks. He allowed four goals both games, posting one win and one no decision.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.17.2012 / 1:24 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Crawford

Corey Crawford will be back in net when the Blackhawks host the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday, Head Coach Joel Quenneville announced after practice Tuesday.

Through 33 games this season, Crawford is 17-10-4 with a .904 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average. He has earned points his last four starts with a record of 2-0-2, dating back to a Jan. 8 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Crawford has only faced the Sabres once in his career, a 4-3 win in Buffalo on October 11, 2010.

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