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Video- Jonathan Toews And Auston Matthews Have Some Fun

Call your shot...

 

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The Stars For The Chicago Blackhawks Need To Be Better

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

There are always natural ebbs and flows to a season, and even superstars are entitled to a bad week or two. But it’s jarring how nearly all of the Hawks’ biggest names have sputtered at the same time on this circus trip. Jonathan Toews hasn’t scored a goal in seven games, and hasn’t had a point in all four games on the trip. Patrick Kane hasn’t scored on the trip, and has one goal in his last seven games. After his blistering start, Artem Anisimov has no goals and one assist in his last six games.

Artemi Panarin — who is emerging as one of the Hawks’ most important players, given his line’s consistently great possession numbers, and given the way he has rejuvenated Marian Hossa the same way he elevated Kane’s play last season — has just one goal in his last six games.

Even Richard Panik, who actually led the NHL in goals through six games, hasn’t scored in 14 games, and is pointless in his last 10.

The only veteran the Hawks can lean on lately is Hossa, who has eight goals in his last 10 games, including the game-winners in Calgary and Vancouver — a pair of comeback victories that have helped mask the Hawks’ unusually poor circus-trip performance.

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A Bad Loss By The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

If Willie comes back from this and lasts the season, he has to be a shape-shifting android assassin with a body made of liquid metal.

After two periods, he instructed his team to “go out and go after it.”

They did anything but.

You’re up 3-0 and you’re the 2016-17 Canucks. They did what most people probably thought they’d do.

They pissed their pants.

“We couldn’t sit back, we had to go after it,” Willie explained.

“Basically keep playing the same way. We couldn’t sit back and let them come to us.”

If you look at the shot clock (17-3 in the third), or if you watched the game, you were probably left yelling at clouds because you think the Canucks sat back.

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Video- Marian Hossa’s Game-Winning Goal

from the CP at TSN,

Chad Johnson threw up his glove to stop a hard shot from Artemi Panarin but the puck went off the top of his glove and high in the air. It ended up landing behind him where Hossa got his stick on it for his 80th game-winning goal.

"I don't think the goalie knew exactly where the puck was and the defender tried to put his stick out. I tried to hook on his stick so he doesn't touch the puck and the puck just bounced pretty much close to the goal line and I just tried to put it underneath me in the net," said Hossa.

As the puck trickled over the line, Hossa was in the crease and in the process of falling on the Flames goaltender.

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said he would have challenged for goaltender interference but he did not have a timeout left, having used it earlier in the period.

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Video- Patrick Kane With A Beauty

With an assist to the netting too.

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks Give Up Two More Power Play Goals In Loss To Calgary

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Every penalty feels like a goal against before the puck even drops. The confidence is completely shot. Even penalty-killing stalwarts such as Kruger and Duncan Keith are getting burned game after game after game.

If ever the Hawks were going to get their confidence — and maybe even their mojo — back, it was going to be Monday night against the Calgary Flames, who have been as awful on the power play as the Hawks have been on the PK. Yet the Flames, 1-of-25 with the man-advantage entering the game, scored 39 seconds into each of their first two power plays and went on to win 3-2 when Kris Versteeg scored the lone goal of a seven-round shootout.

At the point of the Flames’ second power-play goal of the night, the Hawks had given up an unconscionable 14 goals on 23 opposing power plays. For some perspective, that 2013 team gave up just 18 power-play goals in 141 chances.

“Just seems no matter what, it finds a way, a different way, every time,” Joel Quenneville said.

“It just seems to find its way to the back of the net if we just make one little mistake,”Jonathan Toews said.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Have A Penalty Kill Problem

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

“In hockey, we’re always about confidence,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said after the Blackhawks gave up another two power-play goals in a 3-2 loss to the previously winless Columbus Blue Jackets (1-2-0). “And when you see a lot of goals go in the net all the time on the PK, it kind of hits the confidence a little bit. … No excuses. It’s up to [us] and we just haven’t been good enough. That’s just how it’s been. We’ve just got to be better.”

The Hawks now have killed just eight of 19 opposing power plays, for a dreadful 42 percent success rate (a solid PK is usually in the 80s, and the Hawks have flirted with 90 percent as recently as two seasons ago). According to TSN, the Hawks are the first team since the 2010-11 Dallas Stars to allow 10 or more power-play goals in the first five games of the season.

“It’s the toughest stretch I’ve been a part of, by far,” Hjalmarsson said. “That’s been costing us a couple of games here. They might be really valuable points in the end in the standings. … We just have to hit the rest button and just bear down and find a way to get it done, because it’s losing us games right now.”

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The Above Average Chicago Blackhawks

The Hockey News season preview on the Chicago Blackhawks,

On defense is a decent group that only got better with the signing of Brian Campbell. He doesn’t produce much individual offense, but he tilts the ice anytime he’s out there and that’s something Chicago has been lacking recently. Once the preeminent puck-possession club, they’ve slipped toward average, Campbell should help right the ship.

What might keep that ship at bay though is their forward corps, specifically the bottom half of it. We all know how good Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are, and ditto for Artemi Panarin and Marian Hossa, but the other eight forwards are as weak as we’ve seen in a long time for the Blackhawks. The stars get the headlines, but this isn’t the NBA where Joel Quenneville can keep throwing out his top guys for the whole game. The bottom of the roster will play significant minutes and the team will be very vulnerable during that time.

Maybe their depth forwards surprise and turn out much better than expected. If that does happen, Chicago has the star-power to remain in the Stanley Cup conversation. But things can go off the rails quickly and it’s entirely possible they’ll be fighting for a playoff spot instead of their usual cruise to the post-season. Unless they get a lot out of their scrapped together bottom six, it’s unlikely they’ll be contending as usual this season.

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Will The Edmonton Oilers Finally Move Nail Yakupov?

 

Bob McKenzie tweets,

Regarding Yakupov to CHI trade rumors, my understanding as follows: CHI has had talks with EDM on Yak, could still have interest in him...

...but there is no imminent deal. CHI, at this moment, still looking at their kids to fill holes, but maybe that changes at some point.

Both gentlemen have more on this topic at their Twitter page....

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Video- Niklas Hjalmarsson Suspended And A Hearing For Tanner Pearson

Patrick Burke with the explanation.  Hjalmarsson is suspended for the rest of the preseason and the first game of the NHL regular season.

 

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