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Blackhawks Continue To Stumble

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

So it’s come to this for the reeling Blackhawks, trying to find positives in a loss.

That’s so five years ago.

“That was a major progression from the last two (losses) for me,” coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the Blues.

The Hawks have lost seven of their last nine games and right now don’t look like a team that’s even going to get out of the first round of the playoffs.

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Chicago Trying To Avoid 3 Game Losing Streak

from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

If the Hawks need further motivation for Tuesday night’s contest against the Blues, how about this: They are the only team in the NHL this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, not to endure a three-game, regulation losing streak. In other words, they have not gone three games this season without getting at least a point. That could end Tuesday evening.

Joel Quenneville continues to mix and match his lineup, though he will leave his top two pairs of defensemen unchanged from last game. That means Brent Sopel and Duncan Keith will skate together again, though they were minus two against Columbus on Sunday. Sopel has taken his fair share of criticism and is an even player for the season. That’s worst amongst the Hawks’ defensemen.

“One thing about Sopel, I think he’s a pretty smart player,” Joel Quenneville said in defense of the veteran. “Defensively, his positioning is always in the right spot. I think his smarts puts him in a lot of great spots. I was fine with his game.”

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Duncan Keith Looking For The Perfect Fit

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

There’s no denying Duncan Keith’s play has dropped off since before the Olympic break.

Keith is minus-7 in the last 13 games, eight of which the Blackhawks have lost.

While Keith is not one to make excuses, the all-star defenseman did admit Monday he has not been happy with his skates since before leaving for the Olympics.

Skating is a huge part of Keith’s game and there isn’t a Hawk more particular about his skates and how they fit and feel and how they are sharpened.

Whereas Keith normally goes through three or four pairs of skates in a season, he said he already is on his ninth or 10th pair with the issue still not resolved to his liking.

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Chicago Could Be A Tired Team

from Tim Sassone of Working the Corners at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Coach Joel Quenneville would never admit his team is tired – or at least those key players that went to the Olympics.

But there’s no denying Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and even Marian Hossa haven’t been the difference makers they were before they went to Vancouver last month.

After losing 4-2 to 14th-place Columbus on Sunday night, the Hawks have won only five of 13 games since the Olympic break.

Keith is minus-7 since the Olympics and Seabrook minus-4. Toews is minus-8 in those 13 games with 3 goals. Kane is minus-8 with only 3 goals.

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Goalie Problems

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

It’s time to take a chance and put untested Johan Backlund in the nets Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

I know. I know. Last week, I said Brian Boucher wasn’t the Flyers’ biggest concern, that there were other areas _ such as the team’s inconsistent offense _ that were more pressing.

Well, I was 1 for 2.

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from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Have we seen the last of Cristobal Huet?

That’s up to Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville to decide after another rough outing for Huet Thursday night in an embarrassing 8-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Do we have a new goalie controversy – for the backup job to Antti Niemi between Huet and Corey Crawford?

Don’t dismiss the possibility of the Hawks sending Huet to Rockford to work on his game and promoting Crawford for perhaps another start in the last nine games.

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Enough Of Huet

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Did coach Joel Quenneville really need to be told one more time that Cristobal Huet isn’t his goalie for the playoffs or not even his goalie next season or not even his goalie for the rest of this season?

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. How soon before the Blackhawks are able to buy out Huet’s contract, seconds after they win the Stanley Cup championship or after they lose in the first, second or third rounds?

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Is the Hawks stock as a team falling quickly enough that they are no longer one of the favorites to reach the championship round?

continue for more on Chicago’s 8-3 loss to Columbus tonight…

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Chant Out Of Chicago- Go Wings Go

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

The last thing a Blackhawks fans wants to do is root for the Red Wings, but it’s probably the right thing to do these last few weeks of the season.

If the playoffs started on Thursday, the Hawks and Detroit would meet in the first round, which is not what anyone at the United Center wants.

The Red Wings are hot, however, and ended play Tuesday night eighth in the Western Conference with 87 points but only 3 points out of fifth place.

The Hawks would much rather face Los Angeles, Nashville, Colorado or Calgary in the first round than the experience and dangerous Red Wings.

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Chicago Owner Wanted Ovechkin Suspended For A Long Period Of Time

from ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz believes Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin knew what he was doing when he injured Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell on March 14, and Wirtz believes Ovechkin should have been suspended for the rest of the season.

Ovechkin was suspended two games for the hit, which fractured Campbell’s clavicle and a rib. Campbell was expected to miss 7-8 weeks.

During a taping of an upcoming Crain’s Business of Sports video, Wirtz said the suspension should last as long as the injured player is sidelined.

“If any one of our great players put Ovechkin out for the season, he should be out for the season, too,” Wirtz told Crain’s. “Make it commensurate.

“If you’re really going to hurt a player, knee to knee, make a head hit, and you’re out for the season, then let them suspend that player for the rest of the season. I’ll tell you, you wouldn’t see those knee-to-knee and head hits anymore.”

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Chicago & Washington Release DVD Sets

NEW YORK (March, 2010) – Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Hockey League (NHL) will release two DVD collector’s sets showcasing the rich traditions and proud pasts of two of the League’s top franchises. The Chicago Blackhawks® Great Moments and Classic Games six-disc collector’s set and the Washington Capitals® 10 Greatest Games 10-disc collector’s edition will hit stores on Tuesday, March 23.

Chicago Blackhawks Great Moments and Classic Games 6-DVD collection features many of the outstanding players and all-time great games in the Blackhawks’ 84-year history. The collection includes game and career highlights from fan favorites Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Denis Savard, Jeremy Roenick, Tony Amonte, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

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Brian Campbell Not Interested In Hearing From Ovechkin

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

In regard to the official apology Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin offered after inflicting the injury that potentially ended Brian Campbell’s season and hurt the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup hopes, Campbell says thanks.

But no thanks.

And please don’t call.

“Whatever he says isn’t going to change the fact I’m not going to be playing for a little while,’’ Campbell told the Tribune in his first explanation of what happened last Sunday at the United Center. “I think the intent was there. If the intent is there, I don’t think you can really say you didn’t mean to do anything. So for me, I don’t need anything from him.’‘

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