NHL Roundup: Blackhawks, Penguins to play outdoors; Crosby not cleared to return

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Several other yet-to-be-announced outdoor games are planned for next season. The outdoor game will be the second for Chicago. On Jan. 1, 2009, the Blackhawks faced the Detroit Red Wings in Wrigley Field. Entering the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blackhawks and Penguins are the top seeds in their respective conferences. —Center Sidney Crosby will not play Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who is recovering from multiple jaw fractures and several lost teeth from from a vicious hit on March 30 on a hit in a game against the Islanders, has not been cleared by a team doctor to return to the lineup. The Penguins opened the series Wednesday against the same Islanders. Crosby returned to practice last week wearing a face shield. He said there have been no setbacks in his recovery. The Penguins went 8-4-0 during the final month of the regular season without Crosby and finished as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-roundup-blackhawks-penguins-play-outdoors-crosby-not-224012449.html

2013 NHL Playoffs: The Chicago Blackhawks’ 5 Most Important Players

All that matters right now is winning their first round series with the Minnesota Wild . In order to handle their business, they are going to need the best from five important pieces. The Blackhawks are full of talent, from the top to the bottom. No matter which line is on the ice, Chicago finds ways to change games. It is one of their strengths, but it is just one of many. Chicago had the best defense in the NHL during the regular season. They have fantastic goaltending in not just their starting goalie, but from their back up as well. Throughout the season, it did not matter who was in goal, and it was never easy for opponents to score goals. Putting together a list of five most important players for the Blackhawks is a difficult task because the team has so many players that contribute to their overall success. No NHL team goes 36-7-5 in the regular season without getting plenty of help from everyone in that locker room. Still, this list is a list of the five most important players, and if you disagree with any of the following players, or feel like someone deserved to be higher, please voice your opinion in the comment section provided below. You can also join the conversation on twitter using the hash tag #RML , for Rant My Life. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/02/2013-nhl-playoffs-the-chicago-blackhawks-5-most-important-players/

Blackhawks Start NHL Playoffs as Second-Favorite Behind Penguins

Chicago won two of three meetings during the regular season. Since winning their first Stanley Cup title in 49 years after the 2009-10 season, the Blackhawks have been beaten in the opening round of the playoffs the past two seasons. “When you look at the season we’ve had, the success we’ve had and the expectations that are in place, we should all be motivated to continue on in what we accomplished this season,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Penguins Losses The Penguins also lost their first-round playoff series the past two years. They face the New York Islanders in a best-of- seven series that begins tomorrow, and All-Star center Sidney Crosby could be back for Pittsburgh after missing the final 12 games of the regular season with a broken jaw. In today’s other two NHL playoff games — both in the Western Conference — the Anaheim Ducks host the Detroit Red Wings and the defending Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings visit the St. Louis Blues. The final matchup in the West begins tomorrow, as the Vancouver Canucks host the San Jose Sharks. Eastern Matchups In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their series tomorrow, while the New York Rangers visit the Washington Capitals in their series opener on May 2. Also in two days, the Montreal Canadiens are home to the Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens and Bruins are the oddsmakers’ third choice to win the Stanley Cup, with 8-1 odds, followed by the Ducks at 10-1 and the Blues and Canucks at 12-1. source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-30/blackhawks-start-nhl-playoffs-as-second-favorite-behind-penguins.html


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