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Jones left the game near the end of the first period.
The Predators announced he is out with an upper-body injury.
from Scott Powers of ESPNChicago,
A lot of events needed to happen between June 22, 2012, and Friday for Teuvo Teravainen to be on the verge of making his NHL debut for the Chicago Blackhawks.
First, the Blackhawks needed Teravainen to fall to No. 18 in the first round of the 2012 draft. He was expected by many to go in the top 10. But after nine teams ahead of the Blackhawks addressed defenseman needs, Teravainen was still on the board.
"We weren't targeting him because we had him as one of the top players in the draft," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday. "We certainly liked him. We never thought he would slide to us that far. As the draft went on and on, that was the year all the defensemen were taken one after another after another. So we started looking at one another when it got to 13 or 14.
"We said, Wow, he might be there. And we talked to our scouts, and they said: 'No question. If he's there, we've got to take him. He's such a talented player.' For whatever reason, that happens sometimes. We're fortunate. We're not going to complain about the fact he slid down to us."
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled forward Jeremy Morin from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and forward Teuvo Teravainen (TAY-voh tair-uh-VIGH-nehn) from Jokerit of SM-liiga in Finland. Teravainen will wear number 86 for the Blackhawks.
Teravainen, the team’s first-round selection (18th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, led Jokerit with 44 points (9g, 35a) in 49 games this season. He ranked seventh in SM-liiga in points and was second in assists, while leading his club in assists and ranked seventh in goals. Teravainen tallied a season-best three points on four occasions (Oct. 18, Jan. 10, Jan. 17 and Jan. 25).
The Helsinki, Finland, native also represented his native country in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, leading all tournament scorers with 15 points (2g, 13a) in seven games, while helping Finland to a gold medal. Teravainen also led the tournament with 13 assists and a plus-11 rating, and was named to the World Junior Championship All-Star Team.
Teravainen, 19, has recorded 93 points (33g, 60a) in 133 career games with Jokerit from 2011 to 2014. He was named the SM-liiga Rookie of the Year following the 2011-12 campaign, posting 18 points (11g, 7a) in 40 games that season. He has represented Finland in two Under-20 World Junior Championships (2013, 2014) and two Under-18 World Junior Championships (2011, 2012).
Additionally, the Blackhawks have placed forward Patrick Kane on long-term injury (LTI). Kane, 25, has 69 points (29g, 40a) in 69 games this season.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
With a chance to be the first NHL team to punch their playoff ticket in 2013-14, the Blues proved that they’re not quite ready.
Chicago, which improved to 11-1-3 on the second night of back-to-back games, recovered from an overtime loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday and polished off the Blues 4-0 in front of a crowd of 21,640 at United Center.
“Good wake-up call,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re the Stanley Cup champions for a reason. They know when to turn the temperature up. No matter what happens in the regular season, everybody in the West, to even give (Chicago) a go, you’re going to have to dial it up. They’re getting ready and it’s up to us to get ready. That’s the task. They dialed it up and we didn’t play well.”...
The loss to the ’Hawks was the Blues’ first in regulation this season to a division opponent (20-1-2), and it marked the club’s first regulation loss with goaltender Ryan Miller in net (7-1-1).
Here is the leg injury Patrick Kane suffered about midway into the 2nd period tonight.
Reports are surfacing Kane will be out a mininum of two weeks but the Blackhawks have not issued any statement.
Since the Olympic break ended, the Chicago Blackhawks have collected 7 points over 7 games...
from Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago,
So the edict has been read, and heard, loud and clear: the Blackhawks’ usually strong work ethic has been absent, and it has to return ASAP.
“I don’t think he’s happy. We’re not happy, either. A lot of the things that are costing us games are preventable and it’s up to us to apply why Q’s talking about,” said Patrick Sharp, who wasn’t going down the excuse path for what’s gone wrong lately. “It’s easy to point the finger at those things. Mistakes we’re making aren’t from lack of energy or fatigue, if that’s what you’re getting at. It’s more the mental focus and doing the little things to be successful.”...
“The last couple of (losses) were definitely winnable hockey games. Those are the games that bother us, me more than anybody. We didn’t play the right way to give us a chance to win,” Quenneville said. “We didn’t challenge pucks, weren’t hard in the puck area, we were easy to play against. They outmanned us in puck areas and came up with all the loose pucks. When you don’t come up with loose pucks anywhere around the rink, you’re going to be chasing. We were chasing the game and score in both games.”
And as far as players trying to do too much, coach Joel Quenneville said it’s more the opposite of that.
“I’d like to see more of doing something,” he said. “Our speed, pace, puck support and work ethic have eroded a little bit, particularly in the last two games.”
Patrick Kane with a nice move and a great backhand. The Blackhawks did lose 3-2 to the Avalanche.
Hossa was injured in the Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh Saturday night. Looks like a shoulder to me...
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Bollig on a three-year contract extension, which runs through the end of the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.
"We take a great amount of pride in having watched Brandon come up through our system and become a big part of our lineup on a daily basis”, Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman said. “We are pleased to be able to come to this agreement with him, ensuring that he will remain a part of our organization. We look forward to seeing his continued development with the Blackhawks.”
Bollig, a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion team, has tallied a career-high 12 points (6g, 6a) in 62 games this season with the Blackhawks. He currently leads the team with 138 hits and 69 penalty minutes. He scored his first-career NHL goal/point in Chicago’s opening-night win over Washington on Oct. 1 and posted a career-best two points (1g, 1a) on Nov. 2 at Winnipeg.
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 2, 2014 -- NBC’s primetime coverage of last night’s NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks (8-11:15 p.m. ET) from Soldier Field in Chicago registered a 2.1 overnight rating, making it the highest overnight ever on NBC for a non-Winter Classic NHL regular-season game, according to metered market data from The Nielsen Company.
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