|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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|Photo courtesy of Terry Rankin/Saginaw Spirit|
Blackhawks prospect Brandon Saad has been burning up the Ontario Hockey League as of late. In 16 games through January and part of February, Saad has put up 32 points (11G, 21A), contributing to his lofty total of 54 (21G, 33A) in 30 appearances. He is currently working on a 12-game point streak, the last 11 after he was named Saginaw captain on Jan. 17, and is averaging a team-best 1.8 points per game, good for the second highest scoring rate in the OHL behind Sarnia's Nail Yakupov, who is likely to be taken first overall in this summer's NHL Entry Draft.
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In the middle of a grueling road trip, the Blackhawks got a rare practice on home ice Monday. In the middle of an eight-game winless streak, both players and coaches underscored the need to play a total team game on Tuesday night, when the Hawks visit their division rivals in Nashville.
“Top guys have to play like top guys, checkers have to check,” winger Patrick Sharp said. “Everybody has to play their own role. You don’t win games because of a small number of players; you win because the entire team was on the same page from top to bottom. We’ve seen that in the past and this season, and we want to get back to it tomorrow.”
“We certainly need our top guys to be special players here; I think they complement our special teams as well,” said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. “I think everybody has got to have some responsibility here, from the coaches, to the players and how we play in all zones. We’ll get that one win we need so desperately right now and build off of it.”Click here to read the full post >>
Coach Quenneville also said that defenseman Steve Montador, who suffered an upper body injury in the 5-2 loss to Colorado Tuesday night, was doing better and would be re-evaluated Thursday in San Jose.
Ever wonder how the Blackhawks stack up against NHL competition beyond just wins and losses? The Hockey News released their “Best of Everything in Hockey” issue last week and the Blackhawks, along with three individual players, placed among the top three in thirteen categories, including four first-place honors.Click here to read the full post >>
|Doug Bentley, circa 1943 (Photo from Chicago Blackhawks Archives)
On February 7, 1943, Blackhawks Doug Bentley and Bill Thoms each tallied a hat trick against the New York Rangers, the first time in franchise history that two Hawks had three-goal efforts in the same game. The Blackhawks won handily at the Stadium, 8-4.
“He played very well basically every time he’s been in the net for us this year,” Quenneville said. “He’s been consistent. He’s been solid, predictable, dependable. The guys played well in front of him the other night. He earned another start.”
Emery is 11-4-2 on the season and has appeared in 20 games, posting a .904 save percentage and 2.73 goals-against average. He has faced Colorado twice before, once as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009 and once last season with the Anaheim Ducks. He allowed four goals both games, posting one win and one no decision.
4 p.m. ET, NHL All-Star Media Day: With no on-ice obligations on Friday, the 2012 All-Stars were in a different arena on Friday, sitting down with the gathered media for All-Star Media Day. Blackhawks representatives Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa were in the middle of it all, appearing on TSN, NHL Network and WGN Radio, as well as speaking with dozen of other outlets.
"It actually wasn't too bad," Kane remarked after the event. "I was probably only up there for an hour. You get the same questions for sure, but it's something that you do. It's cool appearing on TSN, NHL Network, XM Radio and media like that. It's a good way to get people excited about the game."
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2:30 p.m. ET, NHL Trophy Processional: As hockey is the national sport of Canada, it only makes sense for its capital of Ottawa to welcome the NHL All-Star Game in grand fashion. And the city found a way to celebrate the game and its unique traditions in a way that may never be replicated: by skating the NHL's trophies down the world-famous Rideau Canal Skateway on their way to the Ottawa Convention Center for the All-Star Fan Fest.
Accompanied by hundreds of Timbits Minor Hockey players, as well as their parents, coaches and hundreds of NHL fans, the trophies skated their way down down the canal one by one. If there was large security presence or a velvet rope on site, it was not easy to spot; hockey fans from all over North America were free to get within inches of some of the most important hardware in professional sports, and snap a few pictures as they moved past.
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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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