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

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Teravainen has been considered the Blackhawks’ most dangerous prospect since he was drafted in 2012, and he is a skilled and creative offensive player. He desperately wanted to get the call up to the Blackhawks, and while he has not scored in his first four games, he looks like he belongs at this level. Quenneville showed his trust in Teravainen when he gave him 14:42 of ice time , including 5:52 in the third period, on Jan. 9 against Edmonton . Grade: B No. 4 Line: Dan Carcillo, Marcus Kruger, Ben Smith USA TODAY Sports Ben Smith While upper-level teams often talk about “rolling four lines” throughout a 60-minute game or a season, few actually do it on a consistent basis. Quenneville will occasionally shorten his bench and go with three lines, but he regularly plays four lines and gives his No. 4 line a chance to contribute at key moments. Right wing Ben Smith is one of the most impressive fourth-line players in the league. It’s not his statisticsfive goals and four assists along with a plus-three ratingbut it’s his work ethic, hustle and willingness to compete for 60 minutes. 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

So who made the cut for the big weekend? Here they are; keep in mind every team needed a representative, the NHL values stardom over achievement, and someone had to make it from the Hurricanes. Forwards Tanner Pearson, Los Angeles Kings Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators Jonathan Drouin , Tampa Bay Lightning *** The 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, to divide the All-Stars and Rookies into two teams (8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Captains for each squad will be announced next week. The highest-scoring player not to make the cut is Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning, but his linemate Johnson is an all-star. James van Riemsdyk (40 points) stays home, as Kessel makes the game. Jiri Hudler should have made the game based on achievement, but hey, gotta throw the Oilers that bone. A case could be made for either Nicklas Backstrom or John Carlson from the Capitals; but again, Ottawa and Carolina need their all-stars, too. Wonder if it came down to Howard or Jaroslav Halak at the goalie spot? As for Patrik Elias er uh hmmmm *coughs* maybe Jagr saw those new all-star sweaters and was like “uh no…”? (Actually, Jagr put it out there he wasn’t crazy about being an all-star this season. Did the NHL extend the same courtesy to other older players?) Sorta crazy to think about an NHL All-Star Game that wont feature a forward from the San Jose Sharks, either Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, either Daniel or Henrik Sedin or P.K. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-2015-all-stars-announced–who-was-snubbed-233642200.html

NHL game roundup: Blackhawks contribute to Wild tailspin | Sports – KCRA Home

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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

Blackhawks Cruise Past Wild 4-1 – ABC News

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 (28-13-2) 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. Now the Blackhawks have four days off before they host Winnipeg on Friday night. Sunday’s win capped a stretch of five games in eight days. “With the four days off here, at least we’re going away feeling better about ourselves than our recent couple of games,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think we had such a busy stretch, it will be nice to get a breather here and get excited about our nice, busy stretch going into the All-Star break.” Just like in its most recent matchup with Minnesota, Chicago put together a strong start. 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 at 4:17 of the first. Kane then made a nifty dash through the Minnesota zone to set up Bickell for a 2-0 lead at 7:53. It was Bickell’s fifth goal in his last seven games and No. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

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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. It was goal No. 473 for Hossa, moving him into a tie with former Blackhawks great Denis Savard and Alexander Mogilny for 50th on the NHL’s career list. Kane then made a nifty dash through the Minnesota zone to set up Bickell for a 2-0 lead at 7:53. It was Bickell’s fifth goal in his last seven games and No. 9 on the season. The fast start was more than enough for Crawford, who was working on his second shutout of the season before Cooke had a rebound goal with 4:52 remaining. But Crawford still earned his 17th win of the season. NOTES: The Blackhawks improved to 15-0 when leading after two periods. … source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-cruise-past-wild-28159226

 

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