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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, 01.11.2012 / 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 Sunday, 01.01.2012 / 12:24 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Crawford
The Blackhawks will again turn to netminder Corey Crawford Monday when they take on the Edmonton Oilers, Head Coach Joel Quenneville announced after Sunday's practice. Monday's assignment will mark the 27-year-old goaltender's fifth-straight start. Crawford was last in net Friday night when the team beat Central Division rival Detroit 3-2, making 26 saves in the effort. On the season, Crawford is 15-8-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average, and has won three of his last four starts.

Injury update: Quenneville told the media Sunday that center Marcus Kruger will miss his third-straight game with an upper body injury. Defenseman Steve Montador is questionable with an upper body injury.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 3:20 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

Among the returns on Thursday was a new face, as Jimmy Hayes was recalled from Rockford ahead of the team’s practice and will likely suit up with the fourth line on Friday.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Hayes, who has scored 18 points with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs this season. “It’s what I’ve worked for my whole life. It was a great phone call to get. It’s what I’ve worked hard to do and I get a chance.”

At 6-foot-6 and 221 pounds, Quenneville said that he likes the toughness and physicality that Hayes could bring to the lineup, but was also impressed with how the 20-year-old Boston College product had improved his skating.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 3:19 PM
By Brad Boron - chicagoblackhawks.com / The Blackhawks Blog

“Return” was the theme at Blackhawks practice on Thursday morning at the United Center.

After playing a handful of games at his familiar right wing position, Patrick Kane lined up at center during team drills between Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Sharp, a likely forecast of where he will begin Friday’s game against arch-rival Detroit.

“The last two times I’ve gone to center [in Pittsburgh and last night against Los Angeles], it seems like we’ve had a little more balance,” Kane said after practice. “We’ve had some good periods and good pressure in their end. I guess maybe they wanted to start out that way and see where it goes.”

Head Coach Joel Quenneville told the media after practice that the move will give Kane a chance to have the puck more often and give him a chance to make plays. Kane played the first two months of this season as the second-line pivot, recording 7 goals and 15 assists before moving back to wing on Dec. 2 against the New York Islanders.

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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 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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