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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 3:15 PM
By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / The Blackhawks Blog

CHICAGO -- Injury updates were the theme of the day at the United Center, where both the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings prepared for Wednesday's night's game.

The Kings will be without second-line forward Simon Gagne, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday morning with an upper body injury believed to be a concussion. The Hawks will be missing rookie center Marcus Kruger (upper body) and forward Daniel Carcillo (upper body), whom they hope will return on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Chicago will have star forward Patrick Kane in uniform against the Kings, though he's fighting off a case of strep throat which hampered his play in Monday's 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kane missed Tuesday's practice, but said the rest he got -- plus some antibiotic medication -- helped him feel much better on Wednesday.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 4:08 PM
By Emerald Gao - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Sweden's Ludvig Rensfeldt (left) skates against Latvia in Monday's 9-4 win (Photo by HHOF/Images on Ice).

Playing in World Juniors is a collective memory shared by nearly half of the Blackhawks roster, from established veterans including Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook to emerging stars such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Nick Leddy. This year, a new group of the Blackhawks' brightest prospects will carry on the proud tradition.

The 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships began yesterday in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta., and six Blackhawks prospects were selected to represent their countries in the annual showcase of the world’s best under-20 players. Brandon Saad, Adam Clendening and Stephen Johns all suited up for Team USA, while Joakim Nordstrom and Ludvig Rensfeldt took the ice for Sweden (with Johan Mattsson sitting as the backup goalie).

If the five players who skated last night were nervous — and as first-time participants in the tourney, they had every right to be — they didn’t betray much of it on the ice. All five registered at least a point in their respective games, as Sweden cruised to a 9-4 victory over Latvia and the United States trounced Denmark 11-3.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.19.2011 / 1:43 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Despite suffering an upper body injury during Sunday's 4-2 win over Calgary at the United Center, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook traveled with the team to Pittsburgh Monday afternoon ahead of their Tuesday meeting with the Penguins, according to Blackhawks media relations.

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POSTED ON Monday, 12.19.2011 / 10:43 AM



The Blackhawks Insider podcast recently sat down with VP/GM Stan Bowman to get his thoughts on the NHL's trade marker, Brandon Pirri and more. Below is an excerpt of his answers.

To listen to the full podcast,
click here. To view the full Blackhawks Insider archive, click here.


I love to play armchair GM like most fans, but how often do trade talks actually happen? Do you have meetings with other GMs, or do you have meetings with your team and then approach other GMs with offers?

There’s a few different ways it comes about. We’re always monitoring internally. We’ve got a lot of good communication amongst my staff, as well as the coaching staff. We meet regularly with the pro scouting staff to assess players they’re seeing around the league that have either improved or dropped off since our last meeting. We do that regularly so that we have a pulse on which players are playing well, and we try to assess our own team’s strengths and weaknesses.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.18.2011 / 11:05 PM

Joel Quenneville poses with the game puck after earning his 600th win as an NHL head coach, a 4-2 win over Calgary at the United Center. Captain Jonathan Toews presented the coach with the game puck in the Blackhawks' dressing room. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean / Chicago Blackhawks).
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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 2:09 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog



The Blackhawks have been working a lot of late nights in recent games, but all of that overtime is paying off.

Out of the team’s six games this month, five have gone past the end of regulation, including Wednesday night's 4-3 win against the first-place Minnesota Wild. However, the team has taken 11 of a possible 12 points, and is becoming more used to playing with the game on the line.

“We’ve definitely grown accustomed to playing in those situations,” Patrick Kane said after Thursday’s practice. “Sometimes practice makes perfect. It seems like every game is going to be like that, whether it’s really close, if it’s overtime or a shootout. I don’t know how many we’ve played this season, but it’s quite a high number. We’re used to it now, and it probably bodes well for tighter games down the stretch.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.14.2011 / 4:27 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

2011 Blackhawks first-round draft pick Philip Danault (Photo by Getty Images)

Throughout the month of December, the Blackhawks Blog will track the team's prospects as they battle for a chance to make their countries'' IIHF World Junior Championship squads.

Philip Danault (Canada): Danault was left off of Team Canada's World Junior final roster on Wednesday, one of the last cuts from the original 41-man evaluation camp roster. The 18-year-old center tallied twice in Canda's 7-4 win over the CIS All-Stars in their exhibition game on Tuesday night. Danault will return to the QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres for the remainder of their season, where he has recorded 6 goals and 25 assists in 28 games so far this year.

Mark McNeill (Canada):  McNeill was cut from Canada's camp roster on Tuesday after being held scoreless in two intrasquad scrimmages. The 18-year-old center will return to Prince Albert of the WHL. On the season, McNeill has recorded 14 goals and 19 assists in 33 games with the Raiders.

Adam Clendening (U.S.): USA Hockey's WJC Camp will open on Dec. 17 in Camrose, Alta.

Stephen Johns (U.S.):
USA Hockey's WJC Camp will open on Dec. 17 in Camrose, Alta.

Brandon Saad (U.S.): USA Hockey's WJC Camp will open on Dec. 17 in Camrose, Alta.

Johan Mattsson (Sweden): Sweden's WJC Camp will open on Dec. 17 in Olds, Alta.

Joakim Nordstrom (Sweden):
Sweden's WJC Camp will open on Dec. 17 in Olds, Alta.

Ludvig Rensfeldt (Sweden):
Sweden's WJC Camp will open on Dec. 17 in Olds, Alta.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.13.2011 / 1:14 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Emery
The Blackhawks will again turn to Ray Emery when the team faces the Minnesota Wild on national television Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old netminder has gone 6-1-2 in 10 appearances with the Blackhawks this season, while giving up 2.69 goals-against per game. Emery was most recently in net during Sunday's overtime win against San Jose, when he made a season-high 35 saves.

Wednesday's game will pit the top two teams in the Western Conference against one another for the first time all season, as Minnesota leads the Blackhawks by just three points for the top spot in the standings. The game will be can seen on Versus in Chicago, with radio coverage on WGN Radio, starting at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 11:02 PM

Marian Hossa poses with the puck from his 400th career goal against the New York Islanders on December 8, 2011 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.10.2011 / 3:43 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Emery
When the Blackhawks take the ice Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, goaltender Ray Emery will be backstopping them, Head Coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday after practice. The start will mark the veteran netminder's third start in four games. Emery has won his last two starts, including Thursday's 3-2 overtime win against the New York Islanders.

“He just seems to progress in games,” Quenneville told the media at practice. “He’s excited, especially when games are on the line. He’s very solid, he finds pucks and his concentration level is in the right place. He moves well, seems big and looks comfortable and confident in the net.”

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