Chicago Blackhawks’ Awards For The 1st Half Of The 2014-15 Season | Bleacher Report

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You wouldn’t expect anything else from a player who is a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy. Keith has remarkable offensive instincts and regularly puts them on display. He is so adept at carrying the puck and skating it out of the defensive zone to start the Chicago attack. Keith is a pinpoint passer who can put tape-to-tape passes on the sticks of the Blackhawks’ highly talented offensive players. He has scored six goals and 20 assists, and he has the ability to put together multiple-point games on a regular basis. He has a plus-12 rating and is averaging 25:57 of ice time per game. Keith’s presence on the ice means good things usually happen for the Blackhawks, as his on-ice Corsi mark of plus-18.66 percent indicates, per Behind the Net. Unsung Player Award: Marcus Kruger Kamil Krzaczynski/Associated Press The Blackhawks have slew of superstars, and that’s probably the main reason they are considered perhaps the league’s strongest threat to win the Stanley Cup this year. However, they also have their share of blue-collar workers who are never in consideration for the All-Star team but make valuable contributions anyway. They will go into the corners, fight the hard battles and play strong defensive hockey. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330057-chicago-blackhawks-awards-for-the-1st-half-of-the-2014-15-season

Midseason Grades for Each Line on the Chicago Blackhawks | Bleacher Report

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. … Wild D Marco Scandella missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-cruise-past-wild-28159226

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“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. 9 on the season. “As of late, it’s good. I need to stick with it,” he said. “I need to repeat in my head what I’m doing to be successful and hopefully I can stick with it.” NOTES: The Blackhawks improved to 15-0 when leading after two periods. … Wild D Marco Scandella missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Minnesota also scratched C Jordan Schroeder and D Justin Falk. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

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2 line. He is the Blackhawks’ leading scorer with 20 goals and 27 assists through the team’s first 43 games, and he has a plus-nine rating. Kane seems quite likely to blow by his career high of 30 goals by late February or early March. A 35- to 40-goal season seems quite likely for the Blackhawks’ quicksilver forward who has scored six power-play goals and an eye-opening five game-winners. Brad Richards has been the No. 2 line’s center for much of the season. Richards took some time to get used to his new surroundings and linemates, but he has been trending upward since mid-November. Richards has scored nine goals and 17 assists, and he has a plus-nine rating. Richards may have lost a step since his prime years, but he does a nice job from the point on the power play, and he is a pinpoint passer. Left wing Bryan Bickell is another story. He has been playing his position on the second line since Kris Versteeg injured his left hand in the Winter Classic, and his size and strength should work well with the clever Richards and the explosive Kane. However, Bickell is a notoriously underproductive regular-season performer, and he has played to that reputation for much of the season. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2328156-midseason-grades-for-each-line-on-the-chicago-blackhawks

 

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