POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.10.2016 / 4:18 PM CT
By Leah Pascarella - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
For #WhatsYourGoal Wednesday, the Blackhawks notified three fans that their goals will be achieved. Check out Shaun, Erin and Shelby's original tweets and their excited reactions!


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POSTED ON Monday, 02.8.2016 / 3:40 PM CT
By Missy Wilson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Let the Blackhawks help you spread the love this Valentine's Day with messages from your favorite players. Send your sweetheart an individual valentine, or download the full set (PDF) and print them at home to hand out to your favorite people.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.2.2016 / 9:51 AM CT
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

The Blackhawks are pacing ahead of the 2015 championship squad after 53 games despite battling in the NHL’s toughest division with 15 skaters in the lineup who didn’t finish last season with the team. Helped by a team-record 12 straight wins, the Blackhawks entered the All-Star break with 70 points compared to 68 points last year.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.1.2016 / 1:48 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2015-16 season.

(Photo courtesy University of Michigan Athletics)

1st Star: C/RW Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (Big 10)
The Line: 2GP, 4G, 3A

Motte’s line at Michigan keeps producing goals, and the junior forward collected another seven points over the weekend. He shared the team lead with five points (2G, 3A) and paced the Wolverines with 12 shots on goal in a 7-4 win over Penn State on Thursday, then tallied twice more against the same team on Saturday in Madison Square Garden. The 2013 fourth-round pick now leads the nation with 22 goals in 23 games this season, while his 35 points rank third on Michigan, which continues to score at an NCAA-best clip of five goals per game.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.25.2016 / 1:54 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2015-16 season.

(Photo courtesy Rockford IceHogs)

1st Star: G Michael Leighton, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 2-0-1, 44th career AHL shutout

Leighton appeared in all three games for the IceHogs this week, going 2-0-0-1 and totaling 76 saves on 79 shots for a .962 save percentage. The 34-year-old stopped all 28 shots he faced in a 1-0 win over Iowa on Saturday, marking his third shutout of the season and 44th of his career. Leighton is now one blank sheet away from matching the AHL’s all-time record, held by Johnny Bower. He has a 21-4-1-3 record this season, ranking second in the league in wins and third with a .930 SV%.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.18.2016 / 1:35 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2015-16 season.

(Daryl Marshke/Michigan Photography)

1st Star: RW Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (BIG10)
The Line: 2GP, 4G, 3A

Motte and Michigan linemates Kyle Connor and J.T. Compher have lit up college hockey this season, helping the Wolverines become the top offensive team in the nation, and they continued their strong run over a weekend set against Ohio State. Motte netted a goal and an assist, then made his shootout attempt on Friday in an eventual 6-5 loss. Chicago’s 2013 fourth-round pick then exploded for five points—including his first collegiate hat trick—on Sunday in a wild 8-6 win, leading the team with eight shots on goal. With his four tallies last weekend, the junior now shares the NCAA lead with 18 goals in 21 games this season, while his 28 points rank third on the team and share 10th in college hockey.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.11.2016 / 1:30 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Each Monday, the Blackhawks Blog will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college, or European teams in the previous week’s action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the 2015-16 season.

(Daryl Marshke/Michigan Photography)

1st Star: C Tyler Motte, University of Michigan (BIG10)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 2A

Motte helped the Wolverines complete an impressive sweep over in-state rival Michigan State last weekend, outscoring the Spartans 15-5 in two games. The 2013 fourth-round pick recorded a goal and two assists to go along with a team-high seven shots on goal in Friday’s 9-2 drubbing, then added his 14th goal of the season the next night in a 6-3 victory. Motte ranks third on the team with 21 points and paces the club with 71 SOG in 19 games this season.

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.8.2016 / 9:16 AM CT
By Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor / The Blackhawks Blog

There's no doubt that winning three Stanley Cups in six seasons is an amazing feat in today's salary cap era, and having won the Cup last year brings added pressure. Being in the Central Division, which many regard as the toughest in the NHL, doesn't provide much relief either. The Blackhawks hit the midpoint of the schedule this week with back-to-back games against Pittsburgh, and their sweep over two nights may set them up for a big second half.

Last season, the two wild cards came out of the Central, and there are early indications pointing in that direction again, although there is still a lot of hockey to play. Before winning the Cup, the Blackhawks finished the regular campaign third in the division and tallied 102 points to reach the playoffs.

In comparison with last season, the Blackhawks had 56 points with 27 victories after 41 games, and this season they are at 54 points with 25 wins, not too far off that pace. The 2010 Cup team had 59 points at the midway mark, but in 2011 the Blackhawks only had 45.

Considering the changes this season due to the salary cap, it appears that the Blackhawks seem to be finding their way recently. The positives so far have been the play of Patrick Kane and rookie Artemi Panarin on the offensive side. Artem Anisimov is on a pace to surpass his best goal-scoring season (22 goals in 2013-14). Corey Crawford has a league-high six shutouts and recently played in his 300th NHL regular-season game.

Thus far, 14 different players who weren't on the roster for the finals against Tampa Bay have suited up this season. Besides Panarin and Anisimov, newcomers include Erik Gustafsson, Phillip Danault, Dennis Rasmussen, Brandon Mashinter and Rob Scuderi.

Another positive of the strong first half has been the power play, which is among the league leaders. Improving their road record, which started off slow, will be another goal in the second half of the schedule. As Head Coach Joel Quennville has repeatedly said, the first goal is making the playoffs—and then it's a whole new season.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.5.2016 / 3:56 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Joni Tuulola (left) celebrates with teammates after Finland pulls out 4-3 overtime victory to clinch World Juniors gold. (Getty Images)

Redemption and triumph were on the line on Tuesday as the 2016 IIHF U20 World Championship wrapped in Helsinki with two medal-deciding games. With three Blackhawks prospects in contention, Chicago was once again well-represented in the silverware department.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.4.2016 / 2:49 PM CT
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Gustav Forsling makes a defensive play in Sweden's semifinal loss to Finland. (Getty Images)

One game featured a showdown between neighboring countries featuring two of the most electric offensive teams in the tournament. The other, a classic rivalry between two well-coached and well-balanced sides. The semifinal round of the 2016 IIHF U20 World Championship came with high expectations and did not disappoint (despite low goal totals), setting up what should be a fantastic finale on Tuesday between Finland and Russia.
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