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More on Jeremy Morin’s AHL “Conditioning” loan, his trade demand, possibilities; Rockford injury, coaching updates

By Chris Block

Jeremy Morin agreed to a maximum 14-day conditioning loan with the Rockford IceHogs for the dual purpose of getting the 23-year old left winger some game time and showcase the beleaguered now 5-year pro for a potential trade.

Morin had been designated a healthy scratch for 8 consecutive games leading up to the conditioning loan. He last played on November 20th in Calgary.

Rockford embarks on a 6-game road trip starting in Milwaukee tonight (Dec 10th). Thus it’ll be 19 days between games for Morin. He is expected to be in the IceHogs’ lineup tonight.

Should Morin remain with the Blackhawks’ organization for the duration of this loan, he’d have to be recalled from the loan on December 22nd, the day after Rockford’s road trip concludes. The Blackhawks can also recall him at any time before then.

There’s some interesting aspects to this move.

Morin’s agent, Pat Brisson (who also represents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) went to Stan Bowman in the middle of last week essentially requesting a trade on behalf of his client. Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times reported on Sunday (Dec 7) Morin’s side presented it as a “play me or trade me” type of proposal. Read more »

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Sharp Returns: Hawks squeak past Devils, 3-2 in the shootout

By Brad Vandenberk

Patrick Sharp returned to the lineup after missing 14 games on Tuesday as the Chicago Blackhawks hit the road, beginning in New Jersey. The Devils arrived home late in the morning from their 2-1 win in Carolina the previous night. Keith Kinkaid made his NHL debut for the Devils and keep the Hawks at bay. Kinkaid stopped 37 of 39 shots the Hawks through at him, but he wasn’t able to survive the shootout. Chicago wins their seventh straight game with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scoring in the shootout. Scott Darling stops both Devil attempts winning his fourth game of the year. Read more »

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Phillip Danault talks NHL call up, Experience playing for coach Joel Quenneville

Danault_2014Oct11_IceHogs_500x333Phillip Danault battles with Joe Piskula on Opening Night
Photo credit: Rockford IceHogs


By Chris Block

On November 20th, Phillip Danault got the call he’d been working toward for a decade.

That night, while the Blackhawks were in Calgary skating against the Flames, Danault received a call from Rockford IceHogs GM and Blackhawks’ director of minor league affiliates, Mark Bernard.

The news was good. Danault got word he was being called up to the NHL. He immediately began packing his bags and was to be on the first flight out of O’Hare airport to Edmonton the next morning. Danault arrived in northern Alberta just in time to join his new teammates for the final seconds of that Friday morning’s practice.

Danault, 21, made his NHL debut the very next night, on November 22nd in Edmonton. He centered the Hawks’ fourth line and even got in a few power play shifts after the game got out of hand at Rexall Place. Danault didn’t make it onto the scoresheet, though the Hawks won 7-1. Read more »

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Hawks win 3-1 in Nashville, overtake Preds for 1st in Central; A look at possible roster moves with Sharp returning

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks kept the recent string of dominance over their top competition in the West on Saturday. Chicago skated through Music City taking a 3-1 victory from the Nashville Predators before the typical Blackhawks fan-laden crowd at Bridgestone Arena.

Brandon Saad was the offensive darling of the night, scoring his 6th of the season in the first period to get the Hawks going. Saad then set up Marian Hossa for an easy goal in the second that proved to be the game-winner. Starter Scott Darling and the Hawks withstood a strong third period Predators pushback to preserve the win.

Darling stopped 32 of 33 shots in earning his 3rd win in 4 NHL starts. Pekka Rinne made 28 saves against 30 shots in taking the loss. Hossa potted an empty-netter with 1:11 to go to seal the win. Hossa had just 1 goal in his previous 16 games going into Saturday night in Nashville.

Chicago (18-8-1, 37pts, .685) jumped over Nashville (17-7-2, 36pts) and into 1st place in the Central with the victory, though the Predators do have a game in hand and own a better points-earned percentage (.692) still. It caps a week that saw the Hawks pass the Preds and Blues in the standings both by head-to-head wins as well as beating Montreal, one of the top teams in the East right now as well. Read more »

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Saad’s late tally lifts Hawks over Habs

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks found themselves down a goal to the Montreal Canadiens after 40 minutes of action Friday night. However, a pair of third period scores brought the Hawks back. Brandon Saad potted the game-winner in the final minute to give Chicago a 4-3 win.

First Period-Chicago got on the board in the third minute following Daniel Carcillo blocking a Tom Gilbert shot. Andrew Shaw collected the loose puck and brought it out of the Hawks zone. Bryan Bickell came up the left side and made a nice pass to Michael Rozsival, who had joined the odd-man rush. Roszival let fly from the right dot and beat Carey Price for a 1-0 Chicago lead at the 2:13 mark.

The scoring play seemed to tilt the rink toward the Montreal zone for the next few minutes, though real quality chances were hard to come by. Marian Hossa took a feed from Jonathan Toews but it was knocked away by Price. Read more »

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Hawks returning home off dominant Circus Trip

By Michael Calvert

Just a day after blowing out the Ducks, the Blackhawks did the same to the Los Angeles Kings, making two of the top teams in the league look like the Edmonton Oilers, and the Oilers look like the Chicago Wolves. In comparison, the Ducks playing the next day got blown out by a team at the time below .500, no such hangover for the Blackhawks who crushed the Kings 4-1.

Crawford started his 14th straight game on Saturday in LA. The guy is getting rid like Farlap, for any of you that remember that movie.

The Hawks showed no negative effects from the game Friday, as they dominated the first five minutes of play with Carcillo going Jose Abreu to a puck at 1:52 giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead. It looked like it was going to be a long night for the Kings early, as the Hawks were just all over them from the get go. Read more »

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Blackhawks Dispatch Ducks 4-1 For Fourth Win On Circus Trip

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks skated into Anaheim Friday afternoon and took advantage of post-Thanksgiving bargains against a depleted Ducks defense. Chicago dominated most of the action on the way to a 4-1 victory.

With the win, Chicago has won four out of the first five games of its annual November road jaunt. The Hawks were in control throughout the matinee despite a game effort by Anaheim goalie Frederick Andersen.

First Period-The Hawks got their first shot on goal via Brad Richards late in the fourth minute. That attempt, gloved by Frederick Andersen, was followed by some increased offensive pressure on Chicago’s part. Anaheim put together a nice shift in the Hawks zone in the eighth minute, though Chicago eventually cleared the puck and posted the first tally of the contest. Read more »

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Kane, Bickell lift Hawks to 3-2 win in Denver

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks ran over a depleted Colorado Avalanche roster in Denver on Wednesday night, outshooting the home team and dominating the action from the opening to final minute. But Chicago needed a great individual effort from Patrick Kane, and a brutal play by Alex Tanguay, leading to a Bryan Bickell tally with 5:17 remaining in the third period to take a 3-2 win out of Colorado.

Avalanche starter Calvin Pickard made 42 saves in the losing effort. The Blackhawks fired 76 shots in all at Pickard, according to the official scorers, as opposed to Colorado’s 48. Corey Crawford made 27 saves in his 12th consecutive start for his 10th win of the season.

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw netted power play goals for a Hawks power play that was 2 for 6 on the evening. The Avalanche went 0-2 in the game and the head coach and Colorado players were stewing after the game about the discrepancy in power plays.

“I thought 5-on-5 we were the better team,” asserted Patrick Roy. “I thought they got away with things we couldn’t,” Roy went on to say, speaking about the difference in power play opportunities. Read more »

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A look at Rockford atop AHL at quarter mark; Ted Dent comments on PIMs, fighting: more on Blackhawks Analytics position

2014Nov22_Schnell_Liambas_Fight_Pic_IceHogsRyan Schnell (38) fights Milwaukee’s Michael Liambas Nov 22 in Rockford
photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

Rockford IceHogs have rolled off four consecutive wins, all without their captain Joakim Nordstrom, veteran goaltender Michael Leighton and leading scorer Mark McNeill. The latter three wins also came without Adam Clendening and Phillip Danault.

In the process, the depleted IceHogs grabbed three wins from divisional foes this past weekend to solidify Rockford with the best record (14-4-0-1, .763) in the AHL. It started with 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win over Iowa on Friday.

The only games Rockford has lost this season have been to Milwaukee (3 times) and Rochester. Their shootout competition loss came in Toronto on October 19th, after 67 minutes of scoreless hockey.

The IceHogs snapped an 8-game losing streak, stretching back to last season, when they finally defeated the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night in Rockford by a 3-2 score in what may have been the best 60 minutes of hockey Rockford’s been a part of all season. Read more »

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Hansen nets 3; Hawks fall to Canucks 4-1

By Brad Vandenberk

After leaving Edmonton on Saturday night with a 7-1 victory, it was time to face a tougher opponent with a visit to Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The circus road trip has been great for the Hawks starting 2-0. This would be their third in four nights spanning across western Canada. The Hawks dropped this contest 4-1 on the back of Jannik Hansen’s hat trick. Corey Crawford made some acrobatic saves to keep the Hawks in the game, but it would be the momentum of Daniel Sedin’s 1000th game that would win out on Sunday. Read more »

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