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The Blackhawks likely wanted him to get used to the more physical North American style of hockey. However, one can assume he was tired of biding his time in the American Hockey League and waiting for the big club to call. When Kris Versteeg was knocked out of the lineup after taking a shot to the left hand in the Winter Classic, the Blackhawks made their move. They called up Teravainen to take Versteeg’s spot, and he has looked like a regular in his first two games with the Blackhawks this season. He has played more than 10 minutes in each game , and his ability to find the open man with his passes should not be overlooked. He also has excellent on-ice vision, and this will pay dividends for the Blackhawks this season. Look for Teravainen to prove his worth over the next month, and that should allow him to stay with the team for the rest of the regular season. The Blackhawks Will Make a Move Toward the NHL’s Top Spot Among 5-on-5 Teams Bill Smith/Getty Images The Chicago Blackhawks rank fifth this season in five-on-five scoring. They are scoring 1.25 goals for every goal they give up when both teams are playing at full strength. While that’s not bad, they are capable of climbing up the ladder. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2323232-5-bold-predictions-for-the-chicago-blackhawks-in-the-new-year

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CHICAGO Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up a goal by Maxime Talbot in the opening 1 minute, 17 seconds, Semyon Varlamov finished with 54 saves for his third shutout of the season, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Tuesday night. Colorado was outshot by 30 but held on for its third win in four games behind Varlamovs 16th career shutout. The Avalanche improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12. Corey Crawford finished with 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who had a season-high in shots and dominated the pace as the game progressed. However, Chicago was blanked for the third time this season. MacKinnon, who won the Calder Trophy last season as the NHLs rookie of the year, scored 53 seconds into the game with his second goal in his last 22 games. He had 24 goals and 39 assists in 2013-14 as an 18-year-old, but only has seven goals and 17 assists this season. After defenseman Johnny Oduya fell down, John Mitchell sent MacKinnon in alone and he opened the scoring on a rising shot. Colorado made it 2-0 just 24 seconds later as MacKinnon got past Niklas Hjalmarsson and broke in alone on Crawford again. He skated to edge of the crease and slipped a short pass to Talbot, who buried a shot from only a few feet out. source: http://durangoherald.com/article/20150106/SPORTS01/150109695/-1/sports&source=RSS

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Jordie Benn, a defenseman, trailed into the slot and scored his first goal of the season 2:15 into the period to complete a slick three-way passing play with Cole and Ales Hemsky to put Dallas ahead 2-1. No Blackhawks forwards backchecked on the Stars’ rush. Kane tied it at 2 at 3:58 to finish a 2-on-1 with Sharp, who created the odd-man break when he blew around Jordie Benn at the Dallas blue line. Cole restored the Stars’ lead at 3-2 just 45 seconds later when he was left wide open at the side of the net and lifted in a high shot. Bickell’s power-play tip-in with 1:55 left in the second tied it 3-all. Cole’s second goal of the game, on a mid-air deflection of Goligoski’s floating feed from the left point 4:05 into the third period, put Dallas back ahead, 4-3. NOTES: Versteeg has nine goals and 18 assists in 34 games after fully recovering from knee surgery in March 2013. He missed the first four games of this season with an unrelated lower-body injury. . Dallas C Shawn Horcoff missed his third game with an illness and is on IR. He eligible to return starting Tuesday. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2015/01/blackhawks_win_5_4_in_ot_end_stars_4_game_streak

Chicago leads the league with a 2.15 goals-against average but has surrendered 20 goals over its last six games. The Blackhawks are looking to bounce back following Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Colorado. Chicago recorded a season-high 54 shots but was blanked by Semyon Varlamov in suffering its first shutout since Nov. 2. Corey Crawford allowed both goals in the opening 1:17. The Blackhawks have given up the first goal in five straight games. “It’s frustrating,” forward Patrick Sharp told the team’s official website. “I think we can do a better job of getting to the net. I think the most frustrating part is the way we started the game again. Being down 2-0 quick like that changes the whole way the game is going to be played from there on out. We did generate a lot of shots on net. The second and third opportunities are where we needed to capitalize.” Chicago now heads out on the road, where it’s dropped three of four. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-wild-preview-235401714–nhl.html

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Kane has nine points in those wins and 23 on a 13-game point streak in the series. Edmonton (9-23-9) should be well rested after last playing in Tuesday’s 4-2 home loss to Detroit. Jordan Eberle scored twice and has four goals and an assist in four games. It lost the game on the penalty kill, where it was 3 for 6 and is 5 for 10 in the last two games. Chicago is 6 of 23 (26.1 percent) on the power play over six games. The Oilers are 0-4-5 against the Central and are trying to join the rest of the NHL with a double-digit win total on the third date of a four-game homestand. Ten games into Todd Nelson’s term as interim coach, the team is trying to evolve into a more aggressive forecheck. Thus far, the Oilers are 2-4-4 under Nelson, and while they continue to allow far too much on the back end (3.33 goals per game in that time), they’ve seen at least some improvements offensively. Under Nelson, they’ve averaged 2.40 goals per game after a 12-game stretch at 1.45. “We tweaked our forecheck, both in the neutral zone and the offensive zone so it’s more aggressive than maybe what they’ve played in the past,” Nelson told the team’s official website. “If we do it effectively, it does create turnovers and we can attack on the rush or keep the puck alive in the offensive zone. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/blackhawks-oilers-preview-010915


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