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

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Awards for the 1st Half of the 2014-15 Season | Bleacher Report

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

Hossa and Saad have stepped up the pace in recent weeks, and they are the third- and fourth-leading scorers on the team. Hossa has scored nine goals and added 22 assists, and he also has a plus-six rating. Saad has scored 12 goals and 16 assists along with a plus-nine rating. Hossa’s 15.95 on-ice Corsi percentage indicates that he has been playing at a high level on a consistent basis, while Saad’s 9.42 on-ice Corsi figure indicates that he could pick up his game a bit. This line has performed quite well, but the potential is there for so much more throughout the rest of the season. Grade: A- No. 2 Line: Bryan Bickell, Brad Richards, Patrick Kane USA TODAY Sports Is there a more dangerous player on any No. 2 line in the NHL than Patrick Kane? Very unlikely, because Kane is a legitimate Hart Trophy (MVP) candidate while playing right wing on Chicago’s No. 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. 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

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. 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. source: http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/288214621.html

Blackhawks Cruise Past Wild 4-1 – ABC News

He scored just 10 goals and 19 assists and was a non-factor in the playoffs with a goal and two assists in 15 games. Versteeg has been alert, aggressive and opportunistic this year, and he will make the Blackhawks a more dangerous team when he returns to the lineup. Tweet There are no surprises in this category, as Duncan Keith remains the Blackhawks’ best defenseman and is still one of the best at his position in the league. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330057-chicago-blackhawks-awards-for-the-1st-half-of-the-2014-15-season

 

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