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Blackhawks send Morin to Blue Jackets for Erixon – Washington Times

My dads history playing here and coaching here, its exciting, said Sutter, 27, who played his 55th NHL game over parts of seven seasons. They were my childhood team growing up here, so its definitely neat. Sutter, signed last summer by Minnesota to be a depth player, has spent most his career in the minors and was recalled to replace injured Ryan Carter at fourth-line wing. Of the seven Sutter brothers, six played in the NHL, and they were all gritty. So it wasnt a shock to hear Brett describe himself as a hard-working player. Im going to win every battle I can and keep it real simple and just play a heavy game, be physical and do what I can to help the team. Its been a tough year for the Iowa Wild, but Sutter said things are on the upswing since John Torchetti took over as coach last month. Honesty and hard work, thats what he preaches, Sutter said. He tells you how it is, whether you want to hear it or not. I think thats what we kind of needed. Koivu alters move All Wild fans know by now captain Mikko Koivus signature shootout move: deke, backhand, roof. But while winning Saturdays game at Arizona, Koivu used the same move with a little a twist to beat Devan Dubnyk. Not only did Koivu come in slower, it appeared he dragged his trailing leg to give the appearance he might cut to his forehand. Asked how and why he altered the move, Koivu said, laughing, Im not going to tell you. Dont even try. Some fans accuse Koivu of having just one move (untrue), but regardless, goalies usually know whats coming and Koivu still manages to score with it. source:

Duncan Keith out sick, Blackhawks coach ‘not sure’ if it’s mumps –

Duncan Keith won

Greg Wallace of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), lead of mumps, measles and rubella team. If Bennett is confirmed as having the mumps, he would be the 15th NHL player to be diagnosed with the virus, and it is believed there have been others that have not been confirmed. More media attention about the mumps has come since Sidney Crosby was told he had mumps Saturday night, though he had only mild symptoms. He did have swelling on one side of his face, but it was believed that was caused by an injury. Still, doctors tested him for mumps, and it came back negative. But a CDC test indicated he did indeed have mumps. He has missed three games. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, woke up ill Tuesday morning and he will not play Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild. His coach Joel Quenneville said he did not know whether Keith had the mumps or another medical issue. Teams are trying to be proactive in stopping the spread of mumps, using similar tactics they use when dealing with the flu every winter. Teams are offering mumps shots, and many are testing players to see if their antibody count is high. “Influenza is more complicated because the genetics can change from year to year,” Wallace said. source:

Kane’s late goal lifts Blackhawks past Wild 5-3 – Washington Times

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) trips Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter on a breakaway against goalie Antti Raanta, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Chicago. Niederreiter was awarded a penalty shot on the play which he made. The Blackhawks won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The winger was assigned to Rockford of the AHL for a conditioning assignment Tuesday because he wasnt playing at all with the loaded Blackhawks. Its a good chance for Mo to play and for Timmy to join our organization, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Sunday nights game against Calgary. The 23-year-old Erixon is looking to get established in that continued rotation and show he can play at our level, Quenneville continued. Well get to find out a little bit more about him tonight in joining our team, and complement our team game as well. Morin, 23, has eight goals and eight assists in 54 career regular-season games, all with Chicago. He also played in two postseason games in May. The Blue Jackets next game is Tuesday night in Detroit. Erixon had one goal and five assists in 19 games with Columbus this season. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26 at Los Angeles. Its exciting for me, Erixon said. source:

NHL teams cancel public appearances amid mumps concern

(USATSI) Anytime an NHL player so much as sniffles at this point, the concern over mumps spreading throughout the league is going to be elevated. Now there are questions if the spreading virus has hit the Chicago Blackhawks as star defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild with an illness. When asked if it could be the mumps, head coach Joel Quenneville said, Not sure about that. I don’t know what’s wrong. He’s sick. (via Chicago Sun-Times ) Keith is well known as one of the more fit players in the league and he has often logged major minutes for the Blackhawks over the years. A lot of players play through various illnesses and ailments, so either the Blackhawks are being extremely cautious, or Keith is feeling pretty terrible. Mumps has officially hit five NHL teams so far including the Wild, Anaheim Ducks , New Jersey Devils , New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins . The St. Louis Blues never had a confirmed case of the mumps, but they had players go down with illness as well earlier in the year. Sidney Crosby was recently felled by the disease while Penguins teammate Beau Bennett has a suspected, but unconfirmed case. Rangers center Derick Brassard was also sent home from his team’s recent road trip with a suspected case of the mumps as well. source:

Tough game. Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored, and Ben Smith added an empty net goal for the Blackhawks, who won for the 10th time in 11 games. And they did it without top defenseman Duncan Keith, who was sidelined by an undisclosed illness. Its a good little run were on here and we want to keep it going, Smith said. Even when were up two goals in the third and they storm back to tie, we found the way to get the job done. Minnesotas Thomas Vanek scored in the first period as the Central Division rivals met for the first time since the Blackhawks defeated the Wild in the second round of last seasons playoffs. Antti Raanta made 26 saves as Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sat out an eighth game because of a foot injury sustained when he left a concert two weeks ago. Crawford is expected to return this weekend. Niklas Backstrom made 34 saves. He finished the game despite coming down with a stomach ailment after the first period, coach Mike Yeo said. What bothered Yeo most was the late one-handed hooking call on Erik Haula that led to Kanes power-play winner. The third period was great, Yeo said. Its a tie game, and weve got five minutes left. source:


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