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POSTED ON Monday, 01.23.2012 / 12:57 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


Captain Jonathan Toews will miss Tuesday's game against Nashville and is likely to miss Sunday's All-Star Game due to an upper body injury, head coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday. The center remains day-to-day with the injury, which Quenneville added was "not serious."

Toews left Saturday's game - a 5-2 loss in Nashville - in the second period and did not return. Quenneville said there wasn’t a defining blow in either Friday or Saturday's game that caused the injury. The coach added he hopes to get Toews back after the All-Star break, when the Hawks begin a nine-game road trip that starts in western Canada.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.19.2012 / 2:35 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Emery
The Blackhawks will turn to netminder Ray Emery Friday when the Florida Panthers visit the United Center, Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville told the media after practice on Thursday. The assignment marks the 29-year-old netminder's first start in four games.

Emery has earned a 10-3-2 record in 16 games with the Blackhawks this season, yielding 2.67 goals per game with a .907 save percentage. He last appeared in net on Jan. 12, a 5-2 win against Minnesota at the United Center. Emery is a career 8-3-0 against the Panthers with one career shutout.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 10:00 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


With four goals in four consecutive games and five in his first eight NHL appearances, rookie Andrew Shaw has become a sensation both on the ice and in the imagination of Blackhawks fans. Their collective excitement finally spilled over in the second period of the Blackhawks' 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 18, spawning the #ShawFacts hashtag on Twitter.

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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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POSTED ON Monday, 01.16.2012 / 3:36 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

The strong play of Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg has helped the Blackhawks climb back to the top of the Western Conference. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Blackhawks regained some of their swagger last week, recording their first three victories of 2012. After taking three out of four possible points against Western Conference powerhouses Detroit and San Jose over the weekend, the team was rewarded with individual accolades for two forwards and a collective kudos for the defense.

The newest issue of The Hockey News includes their annual NHL defense rankings, measuring the bluelines of all 30 teams through on-ice performance, depth and financial manageability. After ranking sixth in 2010-11, the Blackhawks are the cream of the crop this season, thanks to the youth, skill and cap-friendly salaries of the top four defensemen.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.11.2012 / 2:36 PM
By Elise Butler - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Emery
Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks Thursday as they take on the visiting Minnesota Wild, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Wednesday.

Signed as a free agent in October, Emery has appeared in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season, compiling a 9-3-2 record with a .906 save percentage and 2.72 goals-against average. His last start came on Jan. 5, a 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Emery is 2-0 against the Wild in his career. He started in net for Chicago’s last game against Minnesota, a 4-3 shootout win on Dec. 14 in St. Paul. Prior to that he had only faced the Wild once, as an Ottawa Senator in 2006, and posted a 5-3 win.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.11.2012 / 2:19 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


In a league where developing and keeping young talent is a priority, the Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are among the best of the best, according to ESPN.com's rankings of the best NHL players under 25. Toews earned the top spot on the list, besting the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, while Kane placed fourth overall, just behind Washington's Nicklas Backstrom. Boston's Tuukka Rask rounds out the top 5.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.10.2012 / 1:16 PM

Do you want to grow a mustache like Head Coach Joel Quenneville? Blackhawks Magazine shows you how in just three easy steps! Plus, extra tips on growing, grooming, side effects and tips for advanced mustachionados!

Click the graphic on the right to download the full .pdf file!

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.08.2012 / 3:26 PM
By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / The Blackhawks Blog


Kruger
CHICAGO -- He won't play on Sunday night against the Detroit Red Wings, but Chicago Blackhawks rookie center Marcus Kruger went through the team's morning skate on Sunday at the United Center.

It was the first team-oriented session he's been able to participate in since the morning skate on Dec. 26 prior to playing the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That game was Kruger's first back after a suspected concussion resulting from an illegal hit by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland forced him to miss a Dec. 21 game against the Montreal Candiens. The Blue Jackets hit Kruger hard twice in the first period of that game and he hasn't played since -- a span of five straight games -- despite finishing the Columbus game and totaling 14:23 of ice time.

"I feel good," said Kruger, who still isn't cleared for contact yet. "It's good to be back with the guys on the ice. It's been awhile, but it feels good."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.08.2012 / 3:08 PM
By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / The Blackhawks Blog

Montador
How long does it take to have your season flipped on its collective ear in the NHL these days?

Apparently, less than a week.

The Chicago Blackhawks have found that lesson out first hand this past week. After a three game losing streak that started Jan. 2 against the Edmonton Oilers, they've gone from topping the League, Western Conference and Central Division standings with 52 points before this past Wednesday's action to sixth overall in the NHL, fourth in the West and second in their division.

Chicago has also lost four of its last five games during what appears to be a mid-season funk and now find themselves just five points ahead of the ninth-place Los Angeles Kings as the Detroit Red Wings come to the Windy City on Sunday night (7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2).

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