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. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Saad, Brent Seabrook, Cory Emmerton, Dave Bolland, Detroit, Game recap, Gordie Howe, Henrik Zetterberg, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Jimmy Howard, Joel Quenneville, Jonas Gustavsson, Jonathan Toews, Jordin Tootoo, Michal Rozsival, Nick Leddy, Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings
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. Read more
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Tagged Alexander Radulov, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Yip, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Francis Bouillon, Jordin Tootoo, Matt Halischuk, Michael Frolik, Mike Fisher, Nashville, Patric Hornqvist, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ray Emery, Shea Weber, Viktor Stalberg
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. Read more
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Tagged Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Game recap, Jamal Mayers, Jonathan Toews, Jordin Tootoo, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Nick Spaling, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ray Emery, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Suter
– 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. Read more