Blackhawks D Trevor Van Riemsdyk Out 3-4 Months With Patella Fracture – Cbssports.com

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Trevor van Riemsdyk will miss three to four months after fracturing his left patella. (USATSI)

(USATSI) The Chicago Blackhawks announced that rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will be sidelined three to four months with a fractured left patella. The 23-year-old blueliner was injured when taking a shot off the left knee Sunday against the Dallas Stars . He will undergo surgery Thursday to repair the fracture. It’s bad news for the Blackhawks, but worse for van Riemsdyk who had really looked to be coming into his own in his first NHL season. The younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of New Hampshire last offseason. In 18 games this season, van Riemsdyk had one assist, but appeared to have gained the trust of the often fickle Blackhawks coaching staff. He averaged 13:32 a night while occupying a spot on Chicago’s third defensive pairing. The timing of the injury is rather unfortunate for the Blackhawks rookie. It was a bit of a surprise that the undrafted van Riemsdyk had made the opening night roster at all and even more surprising that he stuck around. His play warranted it, however. Now his absence opens the door for others in the Blackhawks’ relatively verbose prospect pipeline to step into a lineup that has been awfully tough to crack. This also costs van Riemsdyk some valuable development time as his improvement over the course of the season suggested he was on the right track for becoming a solid depth defenseman for one of the league’s stronger teams. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24821022/blackhawks-d-trevor-van-riemsdyk-out-3-4-months-with-patella-fracture

Stars-Blackhawks Preview – Yahoo Sports

1. No Help For Seguin Seguins been awesome. If this team rallies for a playoff spot, hell be a Hart finalist. His supporting cast well, its been a bit of a one-man show. Hes the only Stars player with more than 20 points (24) and the only Stars player with more than 10 goals (14). The next highest goal-scorer? Jamie Benn with six, matching his start from last year (seven goals in 19 games). That said, Defending Big D sees a problem here: This is all circular and it’s all tied together; Benn has had some of the best chances for the Stars in the third periods in which they’ve lost. If even half of those chances go in, then the Stars likely have a few more wins at this point, the mental aspect of all this isn’t nearly as bad as it’s become and Benn himself would definitely not be in the funk he finds himself. Perhaps Benn’s confidence is a big factor here, the goals aren’t going in and he’s not as comfortable in the rest of his game as he normally would be when he’s “on.” The good news, if there is any, is that Benn is at least getting his chances and shots — but mostly because of the playmaking of others around him. The big guns arent firing as they should, and the rest of the lineup hasnt chipped in, especially on defense: Six goals, and five of them from been from Trevor Daley (four on the power play). source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/what-s-gone-wrong-with-the-dallas-stars-165432117.html

What’s gone wrong with the Dallas Stars? | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

“We have to be mentally prepared to play these games at home,” captain Jamie Benn told the Stars’ official website after the team lost its sixth straight in Dallas. “We have no excuses. We have to be better.” Lehtonen will likely get the start Sunday against Chicago, a team he has failed to beat in his last three attempts. Lehtonen’s 2.68 goals-against average ranks near the bottom of the NHL for goaltenders with 10 or more starts. Chicago has won nine of 10 against Dallas, including a 3-2 shootout victory on Oct. 9 despite being outshot 34-26. Corey Crawford, who has been one of the league’s top goalies with a 1.87 GAA, made 32 saves in the opener and is 7-1-0 with a 1.84 GAA in his last eight versus Dallas. Tyler Seguin is one of the NHL leaders with 12 goals, although in 13 career matchups with the Blackhawks, including the postseason, he has one goal and owns a minus-4 rating. Outside of Seguin, the Stars’ offense has failed to live up to early season expectations. With 2.71 goals per game, Dallas ranks just above the league median and far below the explosive unit that was touted at season’s beginning. Benn has failed to score in his last 10 games and has gone six straight against Chicago with a goal. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/stars-blackhawks-preview-020417215–nhl.html

Blackhawks-Oilers Preview – Yahoo Sports

18-Feb. 13, 2011. They’ve been outscored 9-2 in Chicago’s past two visits. Andrew Shaw had two goals and an assist in the Blackhawks’ last game in Edmonton, a 5-1 win Nov. 25, but is expected to miss his second straight contest because of an upper-body injury. Shaw, who could be replaced by 2011 first-round draft pick Phillip Danault, joins Patrick Sharp (lower body) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (leg) among the missing Blackhawks. Edmonton’s top-line winger Benoit Pouliot is out indefinitely after breaking his foot while blocking a shot Friday. “I don’t know how long he’ll be out for, but usually that (sidelines a player) for a while,” Eakins said. Antti Raanta is expected to make his first NHL start since Oct. 25 and his second against Edmonton. Raanta, 1-2-0 with a 2.03 goals-against average in three games this season, got enough support for a 5-3 home win over the Oilers on Jan. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-oilers-preview-073127776–nhl.html

 

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