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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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.
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.Click here to read the full post >>
"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.
|Bobby Hull in action for the Blackhawks.|
Bobby Hull scored the 500th goal of his Blackhawks career on February 21, 1970, as his squad whipped the Rangers 4-2 at the Stadium.
CHICAGO -- Just like that, two of the biggest stars and top-line centers for Tuesday night's matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks are not playing.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is out with an undisclosed upper-body injury that’s being termed "day-to-day" and is different from the one that caused him to miss a game prior to the All Star-break plus the All-Star Game itself.Click here to read ther full post >>
Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Feb. 10, practiced with the Blackhawks during the team’s morning skate on Tuesday, but the defenseman said he will not play until he feels 100 percent.
Hjalmarsson felt sick and was sent home before the team’s early-February game against the San Jose Sharks. Tuesday was the first time he has skated with the team since then, but he will not play tonight when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings.Click here to read the full post >>
|Goalie Mike Karakas was in net for the Blackhawks during the only recorded "perfect game"—no goals, no penalties—in NHL history.|
In what may have been the only "perfect" game in NHL history, the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs battled to a scoreless tie at the Stadium on February 20, 1944, with no penalties called in the match.
The Hockey News got personal with Jonathan Toews for their March 5 issue, and the Blackhawks' captain graces the cover of the magazine's latest issue, which is on newsstands now.
Below is an excerpt from the feature story, written by Adam Proteau, courtesy of The Hockey News.
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|Jonathan Toews is adding to a rock-solid 2011-12 season by garnering high praise from his peers in the NHL.|
For the second year running, the National Hockey League Players' Association and CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" conducted a poll of 257 NHL players to gauge their reactions to topics ranging from skill-related categories to general leaguewide issues. Several Blackhawks ranked high individually and the organization itself garnered praise in a few areas.
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