Dec 222017
 

By Chris Block

A few updates on some injured IceHogs ahead of Friday night’s game as Rockford hosts the Chicago Wolves.

Erik Gustafsson (left arm)

Hasn’t played since taking a hard, clean check from, now Minnesota Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek on November 24th when Ek was with the Iowa Wild.

Gustafsson returned to the ice this week, practicing in a non-contact sweater for a few days.

On Friday, Gustafsson did not wear a no-contact sweater. He will not play on Friday and his status for Saturday’s game against Grand Rapids is unknown.  Unless he’s desperately needed for some reason, I would expect Gustafsson’s return to be held off until after the Christmas break.

Luc Snuggerud (upper)

Was a favored target of Griffins’ forward Evgeny Svechnikov during the third period of Snuggerud’s last appearance on December 8th. Svechnikov checked Snuggerud hard five times during that third period. Snuggerud finished that game but sat out Rockford’s game the next night and hasn’t appeared in a game since.

Snuggerud returned to practice this week as well, but has not done so without a yellow non-contact sweater as of yet. Snuggerud’s return is expected in another week or so.

J-F Berube (left leg)

Berube left Rockford’s win over Grand Rapids on December 9th midway through that contest with an apparent left leg injury. He was unable to put any weight on the leg as he left the ice. He got some good news days later when it was determined that he’d only miss 4-6 weeks of game action.

Berube is expected to begin skating again soon and his return is still pegged for the second week of January, according to a source.

Jordin Tootoo (arm)

Jeremy Colliton told Scott Powers of The Athletic last week that Tootoo had re-aggravated the injury that has supposedly kept him on the sidelines all season. Colliton also shared that there’s “no timetable now when we’ll see him.”

According to multiple sources, Tootoo reaggravated his injury during the first week while skating in Rockcord early this month and hasn’t skated with the IceHogs since.

Radovan Bondra (unknown)

Multiple sources now have relayed that Bondra is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Bondra suffered what appeared to be an upper body injury during the last game he played with the Indy Fuel back on November 18th. The next day he was put on the 21-day injured reserve list and returned to the Rockford IceHogs, who own his contract.

I happened to see that game in Indy. The funny thing about it was Bondra was injured midway through the second period on an innocent looking play with Tulsa Oilers defenseman Chris Joyaux, who is a Chicago area product and former teammate of Anthony Louis at Miami of Ohio.

Bondra was skating hard on a forecheck when he came together with Joyaux, just inside Tulsa’s zone. Joyaux cleared the puck up ice and, in doing so, his stick came entangled with Bondra’s left arm. Bondra appeared to be in immediate pain and skated off the ice.

Thing is, Bondra never left the bench – and he even returned to the bench for the 3rd period. However, he never skated another shift.

The team has been tight-lipped on the particulars of Bondra’s injury and subsequent care, but after some consultation with IceHogs and Blackhawks medical staff, the decision has been that Bondra is likely to be shut down for the season.

Prior to the injury, there had been some talk of returning Bondra to Prince George of the WHL, where he played last season. Bondra signed with Rockford when it looked like Prince George might not be able to fit him on their roster. But an import slot opened up in November and there was at least some consideration to that move.

In 11 games with Indy, Bondra posted one goal and was a minus-3. Watching him play, he seemed much more comfortable forechecking, and skating without the puck than handling it – which is never a good sign.

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Dec 092014
 

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. Continue reading »

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Mar 282014
 

By Chris Block

If the AHL playoffs were to begin this weekend, the first round would include a matchup between the Rockford IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins.

Those two clubs were set to face off Friday and Saturday in a home-and-home set that will be their final two meetings in the regular season.

Rockford prevailed in a roller-coaster affair on Friday night before a crowd of 5,223 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.  The IceHogs topped the Midwest Division leading Griffins 5-4 behind goals from Brad Mills, Mathieu Brisebois, Brian Connelly and two from Adam Clendening.

Friday’s game got off to a clumsy beginning with the IceHogs guilty of several icings before the first scheduled television time out.  Their struggles got worse after Mathieu Brisebois bumped Colin Campbell down as the two chased a loose puck in the ‘Hogs zone and was sent off for tripping. Continue reading »

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Mar 312013
 

By Chris Block

Coming off a 2-1 loss to Anaheim at United Center on Friday that had many Chicago hockey fans grumbling and anxious for changes, the Blackhawks flew through Detroit on Sunday and dampered Gordie Howe’s 85th birthday celebration with a 7-1 thumping of the Red Wings.

Chicago’s charge was led by its next wave of young core, with Brandon Saad, Jeremy Morin, Nick Leddy and Jimmy Hayes all figuring prominently in the scoring.

The Red Wings were without Henrik Zetterberg on Sunday.  He was a late scratch due to a groin ailment.  Detroit did see the return of veteran Mikael Samuelsson (finger) however.  Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp continue to be absent from the Blackhawks line up, though both are close to returning.

Corey Crawford was back between the pipes for Chicago for this Easter Sunday afternoon matinee in Detroit, while Jimmy Howard started in goal for the Red Wings.

Jeremy Morin, called up from the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday, made an impact on his first shift in the NHL this season.  Morin had scored 10 goals and 4 assists in 10 games in the month of March in the AHL.  And he didn’t waste any time picking up where he left off there. Continue reading »

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Mar 252012
 

By Brad Gardner

The Nashville Predators have had a way of bringing out the worst in the Blackhawks this season. That trend continued on Sunday as the Predators won a convincing 6-1 decision over the Hawks in Chicago. The Hawks finished with more shorthanded chances than power play shots as they stared down a multiple goal deficit for much of the contest. Nashville has now taken nine of a possible ten points against Chicago this season and has a four point lead in the standings as both teams have six games left to play.

Corey Crawford started the game but allowed four goals on 15 shots in 42 minutes before he was pulled in favor of Ray Emery. The veteran Emery allowed two third period goals on nine shots. The six goals against was the most for Chicago since February 2nd when they gave up eight goals to the Oilers while deep in the throes of that nine-game losing streak. Continue reading »

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Feb 142012
 

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks turned in an improved effort as they continued their road trip in Nashville Tuesday night. However, the result was the same as their previous eight games.

The Blackhawks fought back to tie the score twice in the Music City, but another late goal lifted the Predators past their Central Division rivals. Chicago came up on the short end of a 3-2 final score to lose their ninth consecutive game.

The opening period saw both teams committing infractions, starting with Dave Bolland’s hooking penalty in the third minute. Mike Fisher was called for tripping 90 seconds later. In the fifth minute, Jonathan Toews ran into Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, ending Chicago’s shot at the man advantage.

Fisher missed a wide open net late in the resulting power play, but for the most part the Blackhawks were successful in filling the shooting lanes.  Nashville killed a Martin Erat holding penalty at the 9:03 mark. This was followed by the two teams taking turns at Rinne and Ray Emery. Continue reading »

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Dec 282010
 

Patrick Kane is expected to make his return to the lineup after missing three weeks with a left leg injury.  The original diagnosis was three weeks, so he’s on schedule despite some setbacks in his attempts to practice with the team over the last two weeks.  Kane injured himself 23 seconds into the December 5th game with Calgary at United Center.

With Hossa and Stalberg both returning from separate injuries in Sunday’s win over Columbus, this would give Joel Quenneville a full, healthy roster for the first time since November 26th at Anaheim.

Tonight presents an interesting roster decision for Joel Quenneville.  He hasn’t been a fan of Stalberg’s game of late when he’s been healthy, and it is the Blues, so John Scott’s presence could be needed.  However, with there still be a measure of uncertainty on how Kane’s “lower-body” injury will react in real game action, electing to dress a guy who can’t play much more than 5-6 minutes over Stalberg, Pisani or perhaps even Skille could present a tremendous disadvantage should Kane’s injury flare up during the game, especially early on.

[Update] The Blackhawks have announced Fernando Pisani is out tonight due to an illness.  So tonight’s likely scratches will be Ryan Johnson, Jordan Hendry and Pisani.  Marty Turco is expected to start. Continue reading »

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