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from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
Detroit's move to the Eastern Conference from the Western leaves Chicago as the Blues' natural top rival.
"It's already there, but it's just going to get more and more fierce," Backes said. "We play them five times during the regular season and then in order to get to the next level in the playoffs. you're going to have to beat two other teams in your division to get there."
The Blues have won the season series against Chicago only twice since 2005. Has the 2013-14 edition of the Blues managed to close the gap a bit?
"They've proven themselves twice now," Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said with a nod to Chicago's two recent championships. "We went through a little bit of growing pains the past couple years. They were able to get to the summit quicker and achieve that goal.
"I don't think we view them as any better than us because they've won it. We look at them as equals and (Wednesday) we have to best them and do it for the rest of the season."
Chicago star Patrick Kane said recently he felt Vancouver was a bigger rivalry for the Blackhawks than the Blues.
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
Is a cup hangover in store for the Chicago Blackhawks, or will there be a two-peat in the Windy City?
Things got off to a promising start Tuesday night for the Hawks as they bested the Washington Capitals by two goals. In that game, they displayed the same offensive firepower with which they overcame the Boston Bruins during last year's Stanley Cup finals, when the team from Boston simply had no response, at times, to Chicago's arsenal of offensive weapons.
The Blackhawks held a ceremony last night to hand out their Stanley Cup rings. You can also view a photo gallery of the rings here.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Jonathan Toews, the unquestioned leader of the two-time Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, the NHL’s consummate captain and the best two-way player in the world, made his preseason debut Friday night at the Verizon Center.
He was introduced as “Jonathan Toes.”
OK, so maybe there is a higher ceiling for Toews, another level of notoriety and respect to be achieved. For all he’s done, he’s not yet Sidney Crosby, the face of the NHL, who skated against the Hawks on Thursday. And he’s not yet Alex Ovechkin, a three-time Hart Trophy winner, who skated against them on Friday. Those guys have more trophies, more endorsements and more instant recognition. They’re far and away the two biggest stars in the NHL.
But as the captain of two Stanley Cup teams — the only trophy that matters in the end — perhaps no player in the NHL has the resume to match Toews. The question is, what’s next?
Gary Bettman discusses the Stadium Series game at Soldier Field in Chicago between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
In what might be a preview of things to come this season, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has aggravated an upper body injury and will miss at least the next four games.
It's believed to be Hossa's back, which sidelined him for Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Final. He participated in the first scrimmages of camp at Notre Dame last weekend and was one of the best players in the ice.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville hopes Hossa can play in the final preseason game Sept. 28 against Washington and be ready to start the season on Oct. 1 against the Capitals.
from Nicholas L. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Patrick Sharp is no LeBron James. First, he said it after the Chicago Blackhawks had won two championships, not before. Second, he said it in a quiet conference room at an NHL media event last week in New York, not in an arena at a pep rally like James once did in Miami. But the dream is the same, and the belief is the same, if not the bravado.
Not two, not three, not four …
“It was huge to win the first one,” Sharp said. “And then you win the second one, and it’s like, ‘Man, we could do this three times, four times …’ I don’t want to start sounding like the Miami Heat here. I’m careful when I talk like that. But we’ve got a core group, and the organization, it seems like everything’s coming in line. We re-signed our goaltender. We’re re-signing all these key pieces. It’s like, ‘Let’s stay together and try to do this again.’ ”
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