Corey Crawford was given Monday’s practice off (Sunday was an off day for the entire team) to heal a slight groin pull, as reported by CSNChicago’s Tracey Myers.
More on that, as well as an update on Ben Smith with quotes from Myers here.
Jesse Rogers talks to Dan “Car Bomb” Carcillo about his Chicago debut this Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets:
Carcillo on his nickname: “Everyone has nicknames. It just so happens mine is better than everyone else’s.”
Ben Smith (concussion) skated Monday but is not cleared for contact.
Viktor Stalberg (knee) skated on his own and Joel Quenneville intimated he could start skating with teammates in practice again later this week.
Carcillo practiced on a line with Kane and Hossa.
Jonathan Toews talks about getting that first goal out of the way… wanting to be a great offensive player. [Chris Kuc, Tribune]
–For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky and their new crew before the Hawks travel to South Florida on November 2, tonight is your chance. Campbell skated just over 30 minutes and had the primary assist on both Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win on Long Island in Florida’s only game so far. Jose Theodore was in net for the shutout.
The Panthers will make their only national television appearance of the 2011-12 season, and just their third in four years tonight on VERSUS when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
–For those who missed it, I uploaded Saturday night’s Committed Indian column here.
–No podcast this week. Check out HockeeNight’s latest from Sunday night.
–Al Cimaglia is now writing at MyFoxChicago.com. Al has a look at the season’s first weekend here as well as his outlook on this year’s initial roster from Friday here.
–Congratulations in order to Sun-Times Blackhawks beat reporter Adam Jahns and his wife on the birth of their son Colin Lawrence.
Rockford won both of its games this past weekend to start 2-0 on the campaign.
Kyle Beach potted the game-winner on Sunday at Peoria in a 5-3 win over the Rivermen. Rob Klinkhammer sealed the game on an empty-netter with 45 seconds to go. Beach is off to a good start, posting a goal both Saturday and Sunday.
Alec Richards was in net both games (more on that and Alexander Salak below). Richards was reportedly very good stopping 28 shots in a 3-2 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Newcomer Brandon Segal picked up the winner in that game with under three minutes left in regulation.
Richards again stopped 35 of 38 shots on nineteen hours rest in the win in Peoria on Sunday.
Chris DiDomenico crashed the net to pick up his first career AHL goal in Saturday’s win against the Griffins.
Jeremy Morin (still taking it easy recovering from his Jan 15 concussion) and David Toews were scratches in both games. Rob Flick sat out on Sunday so Ben Youds could make his professional debut as the IceHogs went with seven blue liners.
With the two wins, the IceHogs have started 2-0-0-0 for the first time in their 5-year AHL existence. And with the victory at home Saturday, Rockford set an AHL record for most consecutive home victories (7) dating back to a March 19th win over Peoria.
Last night on Rockford radio WNTA, head coach Ted Dent addressed playing Alec Richards both nights of opening weekend’s back-to-back saying he was giving Alexander Salak a mental break after his assignment to the AHL as well as the impending birth of his first child. Dent gave a positive spin on Salak’s disappointment on getting sent back to the AHL after a big year in Sweden. That’s all fine, but he’d better get over that quickly and channel that into saves and wins in an IceHogs uniform or he might never be an NHL goalie. It’s not like he played well enough in preseason to take the decision out of Stan Bowman’s hands.
Forward Brandon Segal was also a guest. Despite being a native of the Vancouver region, Segal talked of loathing being in Vancouver and dealing with Canucks fans last spring. That should make get him into fan favor at least to a degree. IceHogs play their next two games about an hour outside of Vancouver this weekend in Abbotsford. Segal (Sea-gul)said he’ll have lots of friends and family at those games. He’s currently the IceHogs’ leading goal scorer with three. Kyle Beach and Rob Klinkhammer each have two through the IceHogs’ initial two outings of the season.
Former IceHog grinder/tough guy Kyle Hagel was a scratch Sunday in his first chance to face his former mates as a member of the Peoria Rivermen. He played the night before , also on home ice in Peoria, in a 4-1 loss to Milwaukee. Two-time and former IceHog winger, Derek Nesbitt was also a scratch. Peoria went with seven defenseman in the game, replacing Hagel and Nesbitt in the lineup with right winger Tyler Shattock and defenseman Cade Fairchild, who was making his professional debut. Fairchild is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he was a teammate of Nick Leddy for one season and skated with another Hawks’ blue line prospect, Justin Holl during the 2010-11 season.
–Pittsburgh’s ‘Hulk Hogan Guy’ cannot wait to flip off Dan Carcillo when the Hawks visit Consol Energy Center on December 20th.
–Story about the night Bobby Hull, as member of the Winnipeg Jets during the 1979-80 season, Hull’s last, was scratched for a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast versus the Montreal Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
–Stolen Blackhawks jersey-clad goose reunited with owners [Arlington Heights]
Friday October 21st Denis Savard will hold a charity casino event at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff. Tickets to the Monte Carlo Charity Gala event cost $150. Martin Lapointe will be on hand as one of the celebrities. [Lake Forester]
For all you twitters, James Wisniewski is now on Twitter.
LA Kings’ center Mike Richards says he considers Chris Pronger a friend. Yet, Richards himself doesn’t do much to discount rumors of discord between Richards and Pronger and the speculation Pronger may have had something to do with Richards being dealt to LA.
–Blackhawks Birthdays on Monday
Jeff Larmer turned 49 on Monday. Steve’s younger brother (Steve turned 50 in June) played 45 games in all as a Blackhawk in the mid eighties, scoring 9 goals and 13 assists.
Rostislav Olesz celebrated birthday number 26 on Monday.
And former Blackhawks center Jeff Shantz turned 38.