Midseason Grades For Each Line On The Chicago Blackhawks | Bleacher Report

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If Bickell can continue to produce the way he has in recent gamesfive goals and seven points in his last seven gamesthe line will be dangerous. Grade: B+ No. 3 Line: Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw, Teuvo Teravainen USA TODAY Sports The Blackhawks’ No. 3 line provides an excellent example of why this team is so dangerous and will be such a tough opponent during the postseason. Left wing Patrick Sharp was the team’s leading scorer a year ago with 34 goals and 44 assists, yet he is playing on Quenneville’s third line this season. There’s a reason for that. He has been a top-line or second-line player throughout his career, but he injured his knee in November and missed about a month of action. Since his return last month, Quenneville has played him on several different lines, and there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to be moved around. However, he has the speed, brilliant shot and instincts to score key goals at big moments. Sharp has nine goals and 12 assists in 29 games, but he also has a minus-seven rating. Based on his track record, Sharp’s plus-minus is likely to improve since he was plus-13 last season and a career-best plus-28 in 2011-12. Andrew Shaw is not the most skilled center, but he is one of the team’s hardest-working players and a hustler every second he is on the ice. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2328156-midseason-grades-for-each-line-on-the-chicago-blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks get fast start, cruise past struggling Minnesota Wild 4-1 | Star Tribune

Panthers 4, Oilers 2 EDMONTON, Alberta — Florida continued its most successful road trip of the season with a win over Edmonton. The Panthers, who have won four of five games so far on their western road swing, never trailed as they continued their pursuit of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Hayes, Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky and Sean Bergenheim scored for Florida. The Oilers, after a modest streak of 3-1-2 in six games, lost at home for the 16th time in 24 home games. Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot scored for Edmonton. Ducks 5, Jets 4 (SO) ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sami Vatanen decided a six-round shootout, and Anaheim came from two goals down in the third period to beat Winnipeg. Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves in regulation and overtime. Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen made 28 saves. Ducks center Rickard Rakell got his second goal and fourth point of the night at 17:57 of the third period to tie the score at 4. source: http://www.kcra.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-blackhawks-contribute-to-wild-tailspin/30655802

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Defenseman Johnny Oduya also scored and Corey Crawford had 36 saves as Chicago rebounded from an ugly 5-2 loss at Edmonton on Friday night. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane added two assists apiece in the opener of a four-game homestand. The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start. Trailing 2-0 in the second, Minnesota had a chance to get back in the game, but defenseman Nate Prosser’s shot went off the outside of the left post at 8:04. The Blackhawks then caught a break when Kane’s shot went off Prosser’s left skate and right to Richards, who beat Backstrom from the left side for his ninth goal. Wild forward Jason Zucker made a great move to draw a penalty shot with 3:43 left in the second, but he sent a backhand wide of the net and a trailing Oduya made it 4-0 at 18:25 when he jumped on a loose puck for his second goal. The Blackhawks improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in four days. Kane had a goal and two assists and Crawford made 42 saves in Chicago’s 4-2 road win on Thursday night. Just like in their most recent matchup, the Blackhawks put together a strong start. Playing on the eve of his 36th birthday, Hossa tapped in his ninth goal at 4:17 of the first. Brandon Saad made a nice cross-ice pass to an open Toews, who then played it across the goalmouth to Hossa for the easy score. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-cruise-past-wild-28159226

Blackhawks Cruise Past Wild 4-1 – ABC News

Just call it his usual solid performance. Hossa, Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards each had a goal and an assist, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the sliding Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Defenseman Johnny Oduya also scored and Corey Crawford had 36 saves as Chicago rebounded from an ugly 5-2 loss at Edmonton on Friday night. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane added two assists apiece in the opener of a four-game homestand. Hossa’s tap-in goal in the first period was his ninth of the season and No. 473 for his career, moving him into a tie with former Blackhawks great Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny for 50th on the NHL list. It was a nice way to celebrate another birthday for a winger who appears to be embracing his age in his 17th season. “Maybe the number is higher, but I still feel good,” he said. “That’s how I look at it.” The weary Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game, including a 3-1 home loss to Nashville on Saturday night. Matt Cooke scored his third goal in the third period, and Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves in his third consecutive start. “It just seems like everything that could go wrong is going wrong,” defenseman Ryan Suter said. The Wild dropped to 18-18-5 and are 12th in the loaded 14-team Western Conference, but coach Mike Yeo is certain they can turn it around. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

 

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