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

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Head coach Joel Quenneville loves to switch his lines on a regular basis. Not only will he do it from game to game, he will make changes within games. However, for the purposes of this feature, we will hand out grades for the four lines based on these combinations. No. 1 Line: Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa USA TODAY Sports When Quenneville calls on his top line of center Jonathan Toews surrounded by right wing Marian Hossa and left wing Brandon Saad, he knows the house is going to be protected. He knows that Toews and Hossa are two of the most responsible and effective three-zone players on the teamif not the leagueand Saad has the speed and diligence to stay with opposing forwards or catch up to them when the opponents have possession of the puck and are attacking. However, the Blackhawks usually have possession of the frozen disc and are creating scoring opportunities when Toews, Hossa and Saad are on the ice. Toews has been consistent since the start of the season, and he is the Blackhawks’ second-leading scorer with 13 goals and 25 assists in the team’s first 43 games. He has a team-best plus-15 rating, and his on-ice Corsi percentage is plus-18.80, according to BehindTheNet.ca . Both Hossa and Saad got off to slow starts in the goal-scoring department, but that appeared to be the result of poor puck luck since both men were skating hard and creating opportunities. 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

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. The Blackhawks improved to 3-0 against the Wild this season with their second win over Minnesota in 4 days. Kane had a goal and two assists and Crawford made 42 saves in Chicago’s 4-2 road win on Thursday night. More coverage Latest hockey odds In another game *At Edmonton, Brian Campbell scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Florida Panthers got two more scores in the third period to win their third straight with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers. Tomas Kopecky, Jimmy Hayes and Sean Bergenheim also scored for the Panthers, who are 4-1 through the first five games of a six-game road trip. Jussi Jokinen added a pair of assists, and Roberto Luongo made 31 saves. Noteworthy *The Detroit Red Wings put goalie Jimmy Howard on injured reserve after he was carted off the ice Saturday night at Washington with a groin injury. The Red Wings called up goalie Tom McCollum from Grand Rapids of the AHL. *Los Angeles Kings rookie forward Tanner Pearson is out indefinitely with a broken left leg. source: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20150112_BLACKHAWKS_TAME_WILD.html

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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. “I’m confident in what we’re capable of, but we have to better,” he said. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

Blackhawks Cruise Past Wild 4-1 – ABC News

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. source: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/blackhawks-cruise-past-wild-28159226

NHL Recap – Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks – Jan 11, 2015 – CBSSports.com

Minnesota lost its fifth straight game and fell for the 11th time in 13 games. Chicago goalie Corey Crawford made 36 saves. Wild counterpart Niklas Backstrom stopped 31 shots. 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. source: http://www.kcra.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-blackhawks-contribute-to-wild-tailspin/30655802

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”I’m confident in what we’re capable of, but we have to better,” he said. ”So I’m not going to just sit around and hope that things are going to be better. We have to find a way to be better. We have to find a way to bring more to the rink every day.” 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 (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. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20150111_MIN@CHI

 

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