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

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His remarkable skill level allows him to stick-handle the puck in the tightest situations, accelerate into open spots and score the biggest goals. Teams like the Flyers , Kings , Bruins and Wild have all felt his wrath in key playoff situations. Kane has always carried his share of the load during the regular season as well, but there’s something different about his contributions this year. He has displayed increased maturity in recent seasons, and it seems he is able to make game-changing plays on a near nightly basis. Kane is leading the way for the Blackhawks in scoring. 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. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330057-chicago-blackhawks-awards-for-the-1st-half-of-the-2014-15-season

Chicago Blackhawks Playing Down to Their Competition is Troubling Trend | Bleacher Report

Another issue is the team’s margin of defeat over that span. It’s one thing if the four losses in the previous eight games prior to the win over Minnesota were one-goal games, but three of those defeats were by multiple goals. They dropped a 5-1 decision at home to the Jets, were blanked 2-0 at Colorado and were the victims of a 5-2 defeat to the lowly Edmonton Oilers. The only one-goal loss was their hard-luck 3-2 decision to the Capitals in the Winter Classic, when former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 13 seconds remaining in the third period. In addition to struggling against teams that they would normally beat with ease, the Blackhawks had problems with their even-strength play and their inability to get off to good starts. They were outscored 19-13 in even-strength situations, and that’s normally an area where the Blackhawks dominate. According to NHL.com, Chicago is scoring 1.27 goals for every goal their opponents score in five-on-five situations, ranking fifth in the league. However, during that cold spell, they were scoring just 0.68 goals to each goal their opponents scored when both teams were at full strength. High-level teams like the Blackhawks can normally overcome the occasional slow start because they have so much firepower with superstars such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith in the lineup. However, even the best teams have problems when they get outscored consistently in the first period. Andy Devlin/Getty Images The Blackhawks were outscored 16-7 in the first periods during that eight-game stretch, and it explains why they had so much trouble against the likes of the Avs and Oilers. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2330395-chicago-blackhawks-playing-down-to-their-competition-is-troubling-trend

That’s a team that can win and beat anybody because they work their tails off.” Chicago rookie Teuvo Teravainen got his first NHL goal, Brandon Saad also scored, and Corey Crawford finished with 31 saves. “Tonight, I just thought I was ready to shoot everything,” the 20-year-old Teravainen said. Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left the ice gingerly with 9.4 seconds left in the second period after being cross-checked across the back by Chicago’s Daniel Carcillo, and didn’t return. Perreault, who scored four goals against Florida on Tuesday, had six goals and three assists in his last five games. The Blackhawks dominated early in an uptempo, physical first period punctuated by two free-swinging fights. Saad opened the scoring just 53 seconds in when he backhanded a rolling puck from the left circle, and the rising shot slipped past Hutchinson’s right elbow. The Jets came on as the period progressed and tested Crawford with some prime chances. Bogosian tied it at 1 midway through the first on a low screened shot from inside the blue line after taking a feed from Ladd. Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry was in front of the crease as the puck slipped under Crawford’s pads. Following a scoreless and scrappy second period, the Jets came out strong in early in the third. Little’s power-play goal, set up by Bogosian’s slick pass, put the Jets ahead 2-1 at 9:31 of the third. Thorburn, at the edge of the crease, tipped in Lowry’s feed from the top of the slot 28 seconds later. source: http://tristate-media.com/drr/nhl-jets-defeat-blackhawks—behind-rd-period-rally/article_ae91f9d0-9e2a-11e4-925f-bbef622c955e.html

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

Perreault, who scored four goals against Florida on Tuesday, had six goals and three assists in his last five games. The Blackhawks dominated early in an uptempo, physical first period punctuated by two free-swinging fights. Saad opened the scoring just 53 seconds in when he backhanded a rolling puck from the left circle, and the rising shot slipped past Hutchinson’s right elbow. The Jets came on as the period progressed and tested Crawford with some prime chances. Bogosian tied it at 1 midway through the first on a low screened shot from inside the blue line after taking a feed from Ladd. Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry was in front of the crease as the puck slipped under Crawford’s pads. Following a scoreless and scrappy second period, the Jets came out strong in early in the third. Little’s power-play goal, set up by Bogosian’s slick pass, put the Jets ahead 2-1 at 9:31 of the third. Thorburn, at the edge of the crease, tipped in Lowry’s feed from the top of the slot 28 seconds later. Teravainen picked up a loose puck made it 3-2 with 7:17 left on a shot from the slot. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20150116_WPG@CHI/jets-defeat-blackhawks-4-2-behind-3rd-period-rally

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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. Hossa and Saad have stepped up the pace in recent weeks, and they are the third- and fourth-leading scorers on the team. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2328156-midseason-grades-for-each-line-on-the-chicago-blackhawks

 

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