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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 Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 2:03 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


While not entirely positive, the injury report from Blackhawks practice Thursday was encouraging, as both defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and captain Jonathan Toews inch closer toward returning to the lineup.

Hjalmarsson participated in the team practice Thursday morning, and said he is hopeful that he will play in Friday’s game against the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

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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 Tuesday, 02.28.2012 / 11:29 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Al Secord (Photo from Chicago Blackhawks Archives)

Wednesday will mark the 639th meeting all-time between the Original Six franchises from Chicago and Toronto, and 85 years of games includes lots of history. Throughout that time, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs have set numerous records and had dozens of memorable moments in their contests. Below are six notable matchups between the Hawks and Leafs:

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.27.2012 / 5:13 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


When the newest Blackhawk Johnny Oduya found out he was bound for Chicago, one emotion topped all others upon hearing the news.

“Excitement,” recalls Oduya, who spoke with reporters Monday, hours after the trade that sent him from Winnipeg to Chicago was completed. “You don’t want to leave your friends and your teammates behind after battling beside them all year, but my first thought was excitement.

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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 Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 3:52 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog


With just 25 games of NHL experience combined, it would be easy for both Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen to take some time to acclimate to the challenge of playing at the NHL level. No one would have faulted the rookies if they needed an adjustment period for the faster pace or if they struggled to keep up with the league's experienced and exceptionally-talented players.

Instead, both recent call-ups are playing important minutes for the Blackhawks and making big contributions during the team’s four-game winning streak.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 1:30 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Toews
Battling an upper body injury, Jonathan Toews will miss his second straight game Thursday night when the Blackhawks host Dallas, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Wednesday. Quenneville said that Toews is considered questionable for the team's matchups against Los Angeles and Anaheim this weekend, as well.

"Tazer is progressing; he's day-to-day," Quenneville said.

Toews currently leads the Blackhawks in goals (29) and ranks second on the team with 57 points in 59 games this year.
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