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POSTED ON Friday, 04.06.2012 / 1:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - 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. The Blackhawks are one of three NHL teams with five 20-plus goal scorers.

Patrick Sharp (33), Marian Hossa (29), Jonathan Toews (29), Patrick Kane (23) and Viktor Stalberg (21) each have over 20 goals during the 2011-12 campaign. The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins also have five players who've cracked the 20-goal mark.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.05.2012 / 10:43 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account @NHLBlackhawks mixed in with the tweets from some Blackhawks themselves! Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more, and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet Sheet.”
 
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POSTED ON Monday, 04.02.2012 / 1:04 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog
Brandon Saad, 2011 second-round draft pick, led the Saginaw Spirit with 12 points (6G, 6A) in six first-round appearances.

One round is in the books, and two Blackhawks representatives are left in the hunt for hardware: Mac Carruth in the Western Hockey League and Brandon Saad in the Ontario Hockey League.

OHL

Saginaw passed a stern first-round test against Sarnia, besting the Sting in a six-game series. The Spirit will face the London Knights in the second round of the OHL playoffs, hosting Game 2 on April 8. The Knights—who count Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane among their alumni—finished the regular season with the OHL’s best record (49-18-0-1) and swept their series against Windsor in the first round.

  • Brandon Saad: The Spirit captain led by example, pacing the team with six goals, six helpers and a +7 plus/minus rating in six games. Saad dropped four points (2G, 2A) in Saginaw’s 5-2 victory over Sarnia in Game 5, including the game-winning goal and an empty-netter to seal the victory.
  • Ludvig Rensfeldt: Sarnia's Swedish winger was held to just one assist in the final two games, but finished with five points (2G, 3A) in six appearances.
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POSTED ON Friday, 03.30.2012 / 9:00 AM
By Leah Hendrickson - 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. Rookie Andrew Shaw is just one of three active NHLers to tally 19 or more points in 32 or fewer appearances this season.

Shaw has 11 goals and 8 assists since joining the Blackhawks on Jan. 5. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has 25 points (4G, 21A) in 16 games, while Blues winger Andy McDonald has 19 points (9G, 10A) in 21 appearances.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 5:08 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Spirit captain Brandon Saad contributed two goals and a helper in Saginaw's 4-3 overtime win, tying their series against Saginaw at two games apiece. (Photo courtesy Terry Wilson/Saginaw Spirit)

After four games in the first round of the CHL playoffs, four Blackhawks prospects remain in the hunt for a league title and a trip to the Memorial Cup later this spring, while three others were eliminated.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 2:28 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


For the second time in as many years, goaltender Ray Emery is in the running for the Bill Masterton Trophy, as the Professional Hockey Writers Association's Chicago chapter announced the 29-year-old netminder would be the Blackhawks' nominee this season. The award is given annually to the NHL player who best demonstrates the characteristics of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

“Every time you get recognized for something like that, it’s humbling,” Emery said.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 11:44 AM

Every week, the Blackhawks Blog will feature fan tweets that reply to our official Twitter account, @NHLBlackhawks. Send us your thoughts on the Blackhawks’ players, games and more and you could be a contributor to our next “Tweet of the Week.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 2:16 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Brent Seabrook scored the overtime winner against NJD on March 27, 2009.

Twenty years ago yesterday, Martin Brodeur made his NHL debut for the New Jersey Devils. Tonight, the Blackhawks face off against the winningest NHL goaltender of all time in Newark. Before the puck drops, take a look back at the recent success and missteps the Blackhawks have had against the Devils.

Nov. 3, 2010: NJD 5, CHI 3

In their only meeting of the season, Bradley Mills scored his first NHL goal with 3:51 left in the third period to snap a tie for the Devils. Chicago rallied to tie the game but would ultimately drop a 5-3 decision. Brodeur left the game in the second period with a bruised elbow.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 1:32 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

As Sarnia and Saginaw continue to battle in the first round of the OHL playoffs, Ludwig Rensfeldt has two goals in three games for the Sting, while Brandon Saad scored three goals and added two assists for the Spirit.

As the first round of the Canadian Hockey League playoffs kicked into action last weekend, the outlook for seven Blackhawks prospects started coming into focus.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia and Saginaw have played three times, with the fourth-seeded Sting taking a 2-1 series lead last night after Ludwig Rensfeldt scored the game-winner at 15:51 of overtime, his second tally of the evening. Sarnia won Game 2 4-3, while the Spirit took Game 1 on the back of a two-goal performance by Brandon Saad. Saginaw will host Game 4 on March 28.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.26.2012 / 4:33 PM
By Leah Hendrickson - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger will be back in the lineup, and defenseman Steve Montador could play tomorrow night when the team faces the Devils in New Jersey.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Kruger’s quickness and positioning was missed on Sunday night.

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