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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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The Pahlsson Plan

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Sami Pahlsson will report to the Hawks on Sunday, but he won’t play for at least another week or two.

“He’ll be out for a little bit here,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think he’ll start skating soon and once we get him on the ice we’ll rehab him here.

“He’s training and working off the ice and building himself up at a better pace the last few days. I spoke to him (Thursday) and he’s excited about it, but I think we’ll get a better indication when we get him here.”

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Chicago Looking For Playoff Momentum

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“These last 20 games are going to be important, so we [have to] continue to play the right way,” winger Adam Burish said. “If we do that, we will create some momentum going into the playoffs. That’s the most important thing.

“Anybody who has been in a postseason knows you don’t want to go in there flat-footed, you don’t want to go in a little dead. You want to go in there with momentum and playing your best hockey.”

With 13 of their final 20 games at home, the Hawks could exceed the franchise-record 107 points of the 1970-71 and ‘71-72 teams. They need 13 victories to match the ‘70-71 team’s record of 49. That club went to the Stanley Cup finals.

“We want to get on a good run,” defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “We want to enjoy it and embrace it. But we know how tough it’s going to be. We have to get our game finely tuned for the playoffs.

“In the West it’s so tight that anyone from Nos. 5 or 6 to 12 is within five points. It’s going to be a battle to the end, and every game is going to be a tough one.”

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Deadline Day From the Players’ Side

Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks answers the question at his Chicago Sun-Times blog today.

A lot of people have asked, “What’s it like on the trade deadline, what do the players think?”

I’ll give you an idea about what goes on. As a lot of you know, this past Wednesday was the NHL Trade Deadline. Every year, around 20 to 30 players are typically traded by 2 P.M. (Central). To say the least, it is a different day.

Last year we had practice on this day. You get to the rink and everything is the same, some guys are in the weight room, some guys getting treatment from the trainers, but everybody is talking to one another, saying, “What’s going to happen?” or “Who’s going to get moved, who are we going to bring in?” The scary part is we have no idea.

Guys hear the rumors. We also have some “internet” guys on our team like Duncan Keith. They read all the insights people give on the web, so they will give us the scoops that they are hearing.

continued…

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Pahlsson The Type Of Center Chicago Was Looking For

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“This day was different for myself and our staff [because] we were buyers and not sellers,” Tallon said as he addressed the media at the United Center after acquiring center Samuel Pahlsson from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman James Wisniewski. “Buying is a lot more fun than selling, believe me.”

The Hawks targeted a veteran center who is tough defensively, wins faceoffs and has postseason experience. Pahlsson fits the bill.

The 31-year-old hasn’t played since Jan. 31 because of mononucleosis and is up to three weeks from joining the Hawks’ lineup, but the Hawks have their sights set more on the postseason than the final 20 games of the regular season.

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Pahlsson to the Blackhawks for Wisniewski

On TSN and elsewhere, it’s being reported that Sami Pahlsson has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for James Wisniewski

Update 4:03pm ET: Details available online now at TSN.

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