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

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. Even though Shaw is 5’10” and 180 pounds, he will challenge much bigger players in the dirty areas of the ice. Still, there’s no getting around that Shaw has just six goals and six assists along with a minus-six rating in 40 games. Teuvo Teravainen is a new addition to the line, as he was called up from Rockford after the Versteeg injury. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2328156-midseason-grades-for-each-line-on-the-chicago-blackhawks

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

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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. Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 39 saves in regulation and overtime. source: http://www.kcra.com/sports/nhl-game-roundup-blackhawks-contribute-to-wild-tailspin/30655802

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He has already scored 20 goals and 27 assists in 43 games, and he has six power-play goals to go along with five game-winners. He has a plus-nine rating this season along with an impressive 14.6 percent success mark on his shots on goal. Quenneville wants him on the ice as much as possible, as Kane is averaging 19:55 of ice time per night, which ranks first among Chicago forwards. Any time Kane is on the ice in a close game late in the third period or overtime, there’s a feeling that he’s going to do something memorable. That feeling has been rewarded quite often. Most Improved Player: Kris Versteeg Jeff Haynes/Associated Press Kris Versteeg is not in the lineup right now because he suffered a left hand injury after a puck struck him during the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in Washington . However, it is not a long-term injury, and he could be back in the lineup by the end of the month or early February. When he returns, it will be a big boost to the Blackhawks lineup. Versteeg had been skating well and putting the puck in the net with regularity prior to the injury. He has scored nine goals and 18 assists in 34 games, and he has been quite responsible in his own end. He leads the Blackhawks with a plus-15 rating, and Quenneville was playing him an average of 16:01 per game. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330057-chicago-blackhawks-awards-for-the-1st-half-of-the-2014-15-season

 

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