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The Chicago Blackhawks Are The Top NHL Team At Forbes’ SportsMoney Index

from Chris Smith of Forbes,

The Forbes SportsMoney Index is the definitive ranking of the sports business world's most influential teams, athletes, brands and agencies, and it updates throughout the year to account for the latest financial data. So when we published our updated NHL team valuations last week, revealing that the average NHL team is now worth nearly $600 million, good for a 15% year-over-year increase, it was sure to have an impact on the SMI. And sure enough, those surging values are pushing hockey's top teams up the ranks.

The Blackhawks remain the top NHL team, now at No. 130 in the SMI. They're hockey's fourth-most valuable team at $1 billion, up 8% over last year, and employ two of the sport's highest-paid players in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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Losing Streak Now At Five For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

For three minutes and 28 seconds Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were truly awful. A failed clear by Duncan Keith led to a Nicklas Backstrom goal. Anton Forsberg let in a brutally soft goal by Tom Wilson from the boards. Then nobody picked up the greatest goal-scorer of his generation trailing a Wilson breakaway, and Alex Ovechkin cashed in the rebound.

Three-zip, just like that.

But here’s the thing about the Hawks’ 6-2 loss to the Capitals — their fifth straight loss and their seventh straight loss in Washington. For much of the other 56 minutes or so, the Hawks didn’t look bad. They had six of the first seven shots of the game. They had 15 of the first 16 shots in the second period. When J. F. Berube came in to relieve Forsberg after the three-goal flurry, he didn’t face a second shot until more than 18 minutes had passed. That’s utter dominance.

“Don’t be fooled,” Joel Quenneville growled afterward. “[Our] shots hit them right in the chest, with no chance of getting a second opportunity. It’s almost like we gave the puck back to them, just putting it at the net with no purpose.”

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The Dallas Stars Beat The Chicago Blackhawks Twice In 48 Hours

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Dallas takes four points out of a home-and-home with their Central Division rivals, moving to 15-10-1 (31 points). Chicago falls to 12-9-5 (29 points).

The Stars are now 10-2-0 at home and 5-8-1 on the road, but coach Ken Hitchcock said the difference between the two really isn't that drastic.

"It's how you deal with adversity," Hitchcock said. "You can build or you can crumble, and we're building. Every team has to go through adversity. You have to go through it, you hope you don't go through it for long, but that's what we're doing. I like the way we're responding.

"We're going to have to face it all of the time," Hitchcock added. "I just don't think it's relevant whether it's road or home. To me. it's when the push comes to shove, how do you respond? I like the way we're responding right now." 

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GIF- Corey Crawford Goes On IR

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Jean-Francois Berube from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve.

Berube, 26, is 6-6-0 with a 2.54 goals against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in 12 appearances with the IceHogs this season. He posted a 3-2-2 record with a 3.42 GAA and .889 SV% in 14 appearances with the New York Islanders last season. In 21 career NHL games, spanning two seasons (2015-17), Berube has registered a 6-4-3 mark with a 3.11 GAA and .900 SV%. He was signed by the Blackhawks on July 1, 2017.

The Repentigny, Quebec, native paced the American Hockey League with 37 wins during the 2014-15 campaign, helping the Manchester Monarchs win the 2015 Calder Cup. He finished the regular-season with a 37-9-6 record and ranked eighth in the league with a 2.18 GAA before going 13-3 during the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs en route to the championship. He was also named an AHL All-Star in 2015. Berube has appeared in 122 career AHL games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2015-16), Manchester Monarchs (2009-10, 2012-15) and IceHogs (2017).

Crawford is 11-7-2, is seventh in the NHL with a 2.29 GAA and shares fourth with a .930 SV% in 21 appearances.

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks Lose A Close Game To The Nashville Predators

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Hawks were embarrassed by the Predators in April — run around, run through, and run over by a faster, deeper, better team. Fifty regular season victories evaporated in four postseason losses during which the Hawks scored three measly goals.

So while Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Predators wasn’t what the Hawks had in mind, it was hardly a disaster, either. If not for a 50/50 challenge going Nashville’s way, if not for a bad break on the game-winning goal, and if not for several great stops by Pekka Rinne down the stretch, this one could have turned out differently. It was a good, entertaining, competitive hockey game. A far cry from what happened in April.

And in three games against Nashville this season, the Hawks have an overtime win and two one-goal losses. It might not seem like much, but it’s progress....

The Predators are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games. The Hawks had been 5-1-1 in their last seven. But with three more games in the next five days, the Hawks didn’t feel the loss would blunt their momentum.

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Video- Patrick Kane Fined For Slashing

 

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The 2019 Winter Classic Will Be Held At Notre Dame Stadium

via the NHL PR department,

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Chicago Blackhawks® and Boston Bruins® outdoors on Jan. 1, 2019 at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.

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Less Ice Time For Brent Seabrook May Mean More Production

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Brent Seabrook had by far his least ice time of the season Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. Perhaps not coincidentally, he had one of his best games, with four shots on goal, two blocked shots, an assist, and a plus-2 rating.

“I want to play as much as I can [but] I want to help the team out any way I can,” Seabrook said. “Whatever the case may be, I thought I had a better game [Wednesday] night I had more jump, more pace to my game.”

Removed from power-play duty for the game, Seabrook played just 16 minutes, 26 seconds against the Rangers — more than five minutes less than his season average.

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Fixing The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

...if the Hawks are going to get out of this middling, maddening mess, if they’re going to pull themselves out of these doldrums, it’s going to have to come from within. Patrick Kane needs to hit superstar mode and put the team on his back. Duncan Keith needs to start carrying the defense. Brandon Saad needs to keep banging on the door. Jonathan Toews needs to get back to his early-October levels. Ryan Hartman needs to shake off his sophomore slump. Anton Forsberg needs to find his inner Scott Darling.

There’s still talent, and there’s still hope. But here are three steps the Hawks can — and should — take to get themselves back on track....

Keep it simple.

Other than the DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Kane line, the Hawks need to dumb it down a bit at both ends of the rink. Even Saad and Toews can take a page from Bouma and Tommy Wingels and play a quick, straight-forward game. No dangling, no risky passes. Just quick exits, direct entries and relentless forechecking. The Hawks can’t keep up with faster teams in transition, so playing a safer, more defensive and, yes, more boring style is the answer. Right now they’re firing and giving up 34 shots per game. That wide-open style won’t work.

In an underwhelming division and an unintimidating conference, all is not lost. The offense finally came around this past weekend, just as the Hawks insisted it would. Now it’s time to figure out everything else, before it’s too late.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Blow A Three Goal Lead, Lose To The New Jersey Devils

from Brian Sandalow of the Chicgao Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks finally had a lively start. Their offense once again found ways to score, their power play converted twice and they built a three-goal lead in the first period against Devils backup goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Sounds like a victory, right? Not Sunday.

The Devils scored five consecutive goals bridging the first and second periods and beat the Hawks 7-5 at the United Center....

‘‘The variance from our first to second [period] was being exactly how you want to play to exactly how you can’t play,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘Still [were] one behind them at the start of the third and had a terrible shift, and now you’re down by two and a gigantic hole again.’’

Like the rest of the Hawks, Kane was looking for answers. After 20 minutes, the Hawks looked to be in full control. After 40, they needed to rally. And after 60, they were looking at two points they fumbled.

‘‘I don’t know if we thought it was going to be easy the rest of the night or what, but that’s a tough lead to give up, being up 4-1,’’ Kane said. ‘‘Especially to get no points and give up seven goals against. Obviously a disappointing last couple of periods.’’

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