By Jon Fromi
The Rockford IceHogs wrapped up their preseason with a nice offensive game, besting the Peoria Rivermen 5-3. I took it upon myself to purchase the AHL Live stream of the contest and share some observations along with my thoughts on the eve of what will hopefully be a successful season for the Hogs.
This is just me commenting as a fan, much as I will whenever I offer up thoughts from my seat at the BMO Center. Like you guys, I know what I do about the behind the scenes dealings mainly from what Chris Block reports. I’m not going to provide his sparkling brand of analysis-mostly because I’m watching from the opposite side of the rink. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Jon Fromi, Preseason
Tagged Alec Richards, Brandon Saad, Byron Froese, Carter Hutton, Carver Arena, Cheers, Derek Nesbitt, IceHogs, Jake Allen, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Mac Carruth, Marcus Kruger, Martin St. Pierre, Mechanical Resonance, No-touch icing, Peoria, Pete Leblanc, Pompous Madcap, Rivermen, Rockford, Tesla
By Chris Block
Once night removed from a 6-1 clobbering at the hands of the Chicago Wolves in their first preseason game, the Rockford IceHogs returned home to clip the Milwaukee Admirals 3-2 in a shootout victory.
In the end, the three deciding IceHogs’ goals all came off sticks of players who played or finished last season with the Blackhawks.
Carter Hutton started the game for Rockford and gave up a deflating goal against to Milwaukee’s Jani Lajunen at 7:30 of the period. The goal defined the first period for the IceHogs. Lajunen picked up a puck along the goal line to Hutton’s left and tossed a weak backhand attempt toward the Rockford goaltender. Hutton was a couple feet off the post and was caught off guard by the shot, which hit him in the left pad and trickled over the goal line to give the Admirals the early lead.
The period as a whole was largely forgettable for the IceHogs. With 11 players seeing their first game action of the preseason, nearly everyone seemed sluggish and the team was out of synch.
With four and a half minutes left in the first period, Daniel Bang (apparently pronounced “Bong” So, Dan Bong-banged in the rebound. Okay, I’m done.) scored a power play tally for Milwaukee when he picked up a rebound and beat Hutton to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead. A hooking penalty to Brandon Pirri had sent Milwaukee to the power play. Marcus Kruger and Jimmy Hayes were sent out kill the first portion of Pirri’s penalty. But the trouble began when Kruger was kicked out of the circle on the defensive zone draw. Hayes then came in and lost the draw, pinning Rockford against it in their own zone. Read more
Posted in Game recap, IceHogs, Preseason
Tagged Adam Clendening, Adam Hobson, Andrew Shaw, Barry Trotz, Ben Smith, Brett Lebda, Byron Froese, Carter Hutton, Daniel Bang, David Toews, Jake Trask, Jeremy Smith, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Joel Quenneville, Joonas Jarvinen, Juuso Puustinen, Mac Carruth, Magnus Hellberg, Marcus Kruger, Martin St. Pierre, Stan Bowman, Travis Novak
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By Chris Block
For the second consecutive year, the Blackhawks have teamed up with a European league team for a friendly preseason tune-up.
Twelve Blackhawks players and prospects are in the town of Södertälje, Sweden this week taking part in a week-long mini conditioning camp.
These Blackhawks are guests of the Södertälje Sportklubb (SSK), a team in the Allsvenskan league, a level below the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien), as the Södertälje team makes its final preparations to begin its 2012-13 regular season.
List of Blackhawks players and prospects in Sweden for this week’s workouts:
Brandon Bollig will join the group on Wednesday after clearing up a passport issue. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, Preseason, Prospects
Tagged Adam Clendening, Barry Smith, Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Carl Hagelin, Darius Kasparaitis, Dylan Olsen, Jacob Josefson, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Jonathan Ericsson, Kevin Delaney, Kevin Hayes, Klas Dahlbeck, Lugano, Marcus Kruger, Mark Owuya, Mats Hallin, Mikael Samuelsson, Mini camp, Nick Leddy, Sodertalje, Sweden, Ted Dent
By Jon Fromi
The Chicago Blackhawks ended their preseason schedule in Washington with a 4-1 loss to the Capitals. With Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson back in Chicago and Jimmy Hayes and Peter LeBlanc called back up from Rockford, the contest was a bit closer than the final tally would indicate.
The ‘Hawks started the game on their heels as Washington controlled the early going. Chicago’s best scoring chance in the opening minutes was a hustling move to the puck by Daniel Carcillo, who was stopped by Mike Green before he could finish his drive to the net.
Washington struck first midway through the period. Green faked out Marcus Kruger at the blue line for a clear shot at goal. Corey Crawford got his pads on the shot, but the puck trickled seductively towards the goal line until Mathieu Perreault tapped it in for the 1-0 Capitals lead. Chicago killed two penalties before Brooks Laich and new acquisition Joel Ward executed a nice give-and-go that resulted in Laich beating Crawford for Washington’s second goal. Read more
Posted in Game recap, Preseason
Tagged Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Peter Leblanc, Ray Emery, Rostislav Olesz
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks took the ice Friday night for their second meeting of the preseason with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens entered play in Chicago with a 4-0 record in the preseason having defended their home ice in the first meeting between the two teams, a 4-1 victory at the Consol Energy Center on September 22.
Special teams play was the story early on. Pittsburgh’s first goal came from former-Hawk Steve Sullivan on the power play just five seconds into the man advantage. Brandon Pirri had shot the puck over the glass, giving the Pens the extra man. The Pens controlled the ensuing faceoff and Kris Letang’s crossing pass found Steve Sullivan with time at the top of the left circle. Ray Emery didn’t stand much chance with Tyler Kennedy parked in front of the net.
Pittsburgh’s second goal, scored by Matt Cooke, came while the team was down a man. The penalty kill applied constant pressure while shorthanded throughout the game, but it was more of a fluke play that resulted in the goal. Ray Emery skated way out of his crease to play a loose puck, sending it off the boards and into the neutral zone. Cooke was the first one there and fired a slap shot from center ice that skipped over Emery’s stick and through a rather feeble attempt to block the shot from Brent Seabrook. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap, Preseason
Tagged Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri, Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, Dave Bolland, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Viktor Stalberg
Here’s the roster the Blackhawks will travel to Saskatoon with tomorrow for the first preseason game against the Oilers. This info has been relayed from today’s practice sessions by Jesse Rogers and Chris Kuc on their respective Twitter accounts.
The Blackhawks couldn’t resist the temptation, both Toews brothers will suit up. Ray Emery and Alexander Salak will be the goaltenders. I imagine they’ll split the time some how, but that isn’t clear. Making their unofficial pro debuts are 2011 draft picks Mark McNeill, Brandon Saad and Phillip Danault.
Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Jamal Mayers, Sami Lepisto and Steve Montador see their first real game action as members of the Blackhawks organization.
These are not the lines. Those should be released on the Hawks’ main site sometime Tuesday afternoon. Read more
Posted in Preseason
Tagged Alexander Salak, Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, David Toews, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Mark McNeill, Oilers, Pearl Jam, Phillip Danault, Ray Emery, Rostislav Olesz, Saskatoon