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Less Ice Time For Brent Seabrook May Mean More Production

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Brent Seabrook had by far his least ice time of the season Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. Perhaps not coincidentally, he had one of his best games, with four shots on goal, two blocked shots, an assist, and a plus-2 rating.

“I want to play as much as I can [but] I want to help the team out any way I can,” Seabrook said. “Whatever the case may be, I thought I had a better game [Wednesday] night I had more jump, more pace to my game.”

Removed from power-play duty for the game, Seabrook played just 16 minutes, 26 seconds against the Rangers — more than five minutes less than his season average.


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Fixing The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

...if the Hawks are going to get out of this middling, maddening mess, if they’re going to pull themselves out of these doldrums, it’s going to have to come from within. Patrick Kane needs to hit superstar mode and put the team on his back. Duncan Keith needs to start carrying the defense. Brandon Saad needs to keep banging on the door. Jonathan Toews needs to get back to his early-October levels. Ryan Hartman needs to shake off his sophomore slump. Anton Forsberg needs to find his inner Scott Darling.

There’s still talent, and there’s still hope. But here are three steps the Hawks can — and should — take to get themselves back on track....

Keep it simple.

Other than the DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Kane line, the Hawks need to dumb it down a bit at both ends of the rink. Even Saad and Toews can take a page from Bouma and Tommy Wingels and play a quick, straight-forward game. No dangling, no risky passes. Just quick exits, direct entries and relentless forechecking. The Hawks can’t keep up with faster teams in transition, so playing a safer, more defensive and, yes, more boring style is the answer. Right now they’re firing and giving up 34 shots per game. That wide-open style won’t work.

In an underwhelming division and an unintimidating conference, all is not lost. The offense finally came around this past weekend, just as the Hawks insisted it would. Now it’s time to figure out everything else, before it’s too late.


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The Chicago Blackhawks Blow A Three Goal Lead, Lose To The New Jersey Devils

from Brian Sandalow of the Chicgao Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks finally had a lively start. Their offense once again found ways to score, their power play converted twice and they built a three-goal lead in the first period against Devils backup goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Sounds like a victory, right? Not Sunday.

The Devils scored five consecutive goals bridging the first and second periods and beat the Hawks 7-5 at the United Center....

‘‘The variance from our first to second [period] was being exactly how you want to play to exactly how you can’t play,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘Still [were] one behind them at the start of the third and had a terrible shift, and now you’re down by two and a gigantic hole again.’’

Like the rest of the Hawks, Kane was looking for answers. After 20 minutes, the Hawks looked to be in full control. After 40, they needed to rally. And after 60, they were looking at two points they fumbled.

‘‘I don’t know if we thought it was going to be easy the rest of the night or what, but that’s a tough lead to give up, being up 4-1,’’ Kane said. ‘‘Especially to get no points and give up seven goals against. Obviously a disappointing last couple of periods.’’


Game highlights are below...

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Ed Olczyk On His Fight Against Cancer

from Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune,

"I think it’s OK to be scared,” Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk said of his cancer fight in an interview on Thursday night. “I still am, because I’ll have to deal with cancer the rest of my life.”

Olcczyk began a half-year chemotherapy regimen after an August diagnosis of Stage 3 colon cancer days before his 51st birthday and had surgery to remove a tumor the size of his fist. He told WGN-Ch. 9’s Julie Unruh he views the ordeal in transactional terms.

“I’m trading in, hopefully, six months for 50 more years,” Olczyk said. “That’s my goal. Like, that’s the thing, for as hard as it is and as hard it’s going to be, that’s what I’m doing.”


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Afternoon Line- Rick Morrissey On The Chicago Blackhawks

Shouldn’t there be a rule against worrying about anything concerning the Blackhawks until, say, March? I know getting angry about the power play is how a lot of people stay warm in the winter. But maybe turn it down from a bonfire to a blaze? It’s a long season. I worry about you people.

The bigger concern, of course, is whether the kinda-dynasty Blackhawks have come down to earth for good. They were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round the previous two seasons, and even though they won 50 games last season, the most in the Western Conference, they lost four straight games to the Predators in the postseason. So, yeah, the angst has as much to do with the recent past as it does the present. And, OK, the Hawks scored a total of three goals in those four losses.

-Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the out of the playoffs Blackhawks.

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One Of The Tougher Practices For The Chicago Blackhawks Today

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

There’s nothing unusual about hearing Joel Quenneville throwing around a few F-bombs. Heck, during a hockey game, it’s basically ambient noise, like the scratching of skates across ice, or the rumbling hum of a Zamboni.

But Tuesday was different. The Blackhawks’ post-practice huddle is usually time for a quick overview of what Quenneville wants to see at the next game and a mini pep talk. A quick stick tap, and players then disperse and work on whatever they want to work on — faceoffs, stickhandling, deflections, whatever.

On Tuesday, though, the players gathered around the center circle gasping for breath, having just been punished with a series of lung-searing laps. And Quenneville’s curses were aimed directly at them.


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Morning Line- Gerard Gallant

A lot of people weren’t expecting us to win this game, Chicago is a hell of a team. We’re playing a minor league goalie. But we played a confident game. Everybody played defense. Everybody played offense. Everybody played in the neutral zone.”

-Gerard Gallant, head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.  David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has more on the game.

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Video- Peter Laviolette Not Happy With Chicago’s Tying Goal

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Predators coach Peter Laviolette was furious about the equalizer, as Hartman had ripped Matt Irwin’s stick out of his hands and flung it behind the net, leaving Irwin defenseless against Sharp’s shovel shot.

“Playing an unbelievable game to that point and [to] have it taken away from us like that is ridiculous,” Laviolette said.

more on Chicago's 2-1 OT win...

Below, watch the Sharp goal, you get the best look at the stick toss near the end of the video.

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Video- Joel Quenneville Losses Offside Challenge And Is Not Happy About It

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

According to the league’s explanation for the decision, it was ruled that Brent Seabrook — who had fallen down while Zucker went past him — had carried the puck into his own defensive zone, thereby nullifying the offside per Rule 83.1. But the puck had merely banked off the prone Seabrook’s skate.

“He didn’t carry it and didn’t have possession, so I disagree with that ruling,” a seething Joel Quenneville said. “Plus it was offside. I mean, why didn’t he blow the whistle? Unless he knew that rule and thought he had possession? Or he thought he carried it or controlled it?”

Quenneville had no regrets about challenging the goal, even though it wound up all but deciding the game.

“I wasn’t worried about that [penalty],” Quenneville said. “I still don’t think it should have been a goal.”

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Another Loss For The Habs

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“In the first period, we were dominating, cycling the puck and getting shots from every line,” Jonathan Drouin said. “Then they scored two quick goals. It’s frustrating, (but Chicago) is a team that has proven for a while now they don’t need many chances.”

The Canadiens were outshooting the Blackhawks 15-5 when Chicago took advantage of an unsuccessful clearing pass by Jordie Benn to get on the board with rookie Alex DeBrincat’s first NHL goal. Brandon Saad scored 19 seconds later after a rare breakdown from the top defensive pair of Shea Weber and Victor Mete.

Things might have been different if the Canadiens had capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play early in the first period.

“Every night we have little breakdowns,” captain Max Pacioretty said. “We have a lot of new faces and we’re still learning what we can do. We have to be strong. Tonight, we had a chance to step on their throats with that 5-on-3 and we didn’t do it. We thought we were having a picnic.”

The power play has been disappointing this year. The Canadiens went 0-for-5 Tuesday and are 0-for-14 on the season.

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Highlights of Chicago's 3-1 win over Montreal can be watched below...

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