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Hard On The Blackhawks

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Huet wasn’t very good. Neither was Campbell, who continues to make decisions that leave you scratching your head, especially on the power play.

Campbell is pressing big time and seems to be getting worse instead of better.

Three bad goals by Huet, by my count. Definitely not playoff goaltending. He did make a few huge stops, but the goals were killers. Time to play Khabibulin. A lot.

The Hawks have 13 games to play. Nik should play at least 10 of them.

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Pahlsson Set To Make Blackhawks Debut On Wednesday

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Hawks coach Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday that Sammy Pahlsson would make his Hawks debut on Wednesday at Columbus.

Meanwhile, Nikolai Khabibulin will start again Tuesday in New Jersey when Devils goalie Martin Brodeur goes after his NHL-record 552nd career victory.

The Hawks are actually looking forward to trying to deny Brodeur his place in history - at least for a few days.  “It’s going to happen. We’d just like to postpone it,” Coach Q said.

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Brodeur Goes For The Record On The NHL Network

via Puck The Media,

NHL Live on NHL Network/XM Sirius just announced that NHL Network will follow Marty as long as it takes to get the record, which means that NHL Network will be airing Tuesday’s Devils-Blackhawks game, with a blackout in the New Jersey/New York metro and Chicagoland areas.

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Khabibulin Returns Just In Time

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

In need of a boost to yank them out of their doldrums, the Blackhawks will turn to goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

The veteran is scheduled to return to action Sunday when the Hawks host the New York Islanders at the United Center. Khabibulin hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury Feb. 11 in Atlanta.

With six losses in their last nine games, including three of four, the Hawks are looking for any spark. But Khabibulin knows he alone can’t bring a turnaround.

“You can’t expect one guy to change something like that,” Khabibulin said after Saturday’s practice in Bensenville. “It’s still a team, and we still have to do our jobs. If we’re all going to do our jobs, we should be in good shape.”

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Chicago Fans Held Their Breath…

... when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane collided during last night’s game against Columbus. 

Both seemed to be OK and played the remainder of the game.

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Havlat Returns

from Chris Kuc of Icing,

Winger Martin Havlat said following the Blackhawks’ morning skate at the United Center that he would return to the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

more on Chicago including Huet will be in goal tonight.

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Havlat Day-to-Day, Khabibulin Practices

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

“Havvy is day-to-day,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was much better today than when he left the game the other day.”

When I asked Quenneville if there’s a possibility Havlat could play Wednesday night when the Hawks host the Carolina Hurricanes, the coach paused and said: “I’ll say yes.”

There was some good news on the injury front as veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin returned to practice. The veteran has been suffering from a lower-body injury.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Quenneville Not Pleased With Blackhawks Play

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

After the Blackhawks had lost Sunday to the team with the fewest points in the Western Conference, coach Joel Quenneville said, “You could use some really bad adjectives to describe our play.”

A few spring to mind: Terrible. Atrocious. Dreadful.

Let’s stick with just plain bad.

The Hawks suffered their worst home loss of the season in a 5-1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The loss was the Hawks’ second in two days and fifth in seven games….

“All aspects of our game were off,” Quenneville said. “I’m talking about every single area. It hasn’t been consistent with the way we’ve played recently, so this was a curveball. We’re not pleased, and we’re not happy.”

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Pahlsson Skating Again

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Sammy Pahlsson, acquired in Wednesday’s trade with the Anaheim Ducks, said he could join the lineup in a week or so “if everything goes really well.”

“Just a quick one on the ice to get a feel for it a little bit,” Pahlsson said. “I haven’t skated or worked out for a long time. I have to get some strength back and get used to skating and being on the ice again.”

read on plus Martin Havlat was injured in the game today and of course no report on the type of injury.

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The Next Big Thing In Chicago

from Bob Verdi of the Chicago Tribune,

Since 1998, the Hawks have earned only five playoff dates, all in April. They have played only six games in May since 1996. They haven’t lasted until June since 1995, and then they went deep into spring primarily because a lockout delayed the regular season’s start until January.

In other words, there are thousands of people currently flocking to the sold-out United Center who never have been immersed in the buzz of playoff hockey performed by a team that actually can challenge for a Stanley Cup. Playoff hockey is terrific anywhere, but when contested here, it is special, and you can look it up….

These Hawks aren’t a forlorn bunch as were many of the predecessors who were good at everything but their jobs. Those Hawks would have been a great golf team, or billiards team, but come April, all bags were packed. Now, hockey could consume the town next month. It wouldn’t be the first time, only the first time in too long a time.

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