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By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
The Red Wings and Blackhawks get together Friday night in Chicago and tickets are currently averaging $410, making this the most expensive Hawks-Wings tilt this season, according to TiqIQ. Normally, tickets to see the Blackhawks at the United Center average $265/seat, making this matchup is 55% more expensive than the team’s home average. Get-in rates are available for $174 per seat. Prices are down 14%, however, so there's a chance they will continue to drop as game day approaches.
Hockey fans aren’t used to storylines about the Detroit Red Wings fighting for their playoff lives. Normally, the Wings’ postseason chances are seemingly guaranteed the first day of the season, and not like the Panthers’ are. We know the Wings are going to get in. It seems like a foregone conclusion year after year.
This year is different, however.
Another own goal, this time Jakub Kindl of the Detroit Red Wings with a backhand.
The goal was credited to Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
A source confirmed to the Daily Herald on Saturday that the Blackhawks and Islanders have been talking multiplayer trade with the centerpiece of the deal being New York center Frans Nielsen....
According to the source, the Hawks are seeking help on defense because they are nervous about going into the playoffs with Johnny Oduya as their fourth defenseman.
Oduya is minus-8 in the last four games paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson. The Hawks have lost three of those four games.
The Hawks may be shifting their attention to Islanders defenseman Mark Streit, a power-play specialist who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Streit has a cap hit of $4.1 million.
The Islanders are said to covet Rockford defenseman Dylan Olsen, the Hawks' first-round draft pick in 2009, and perhaps forward Jeremy Morin.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
For hockey fans, Original Six matchups are what the sport is built on. Even as it’s expanded to the far reaches of North America, hockey relies on these six teams to be the cornerstone of its history, intensity and vivacity.
In the Midwest, Blackhawks-Red Wings battles are some of the NHL’s most anticipated and hard-fought. So far this season, the matchup has belonged to the Hawks, who’ve bested the Wings twice, each time by a margin of only one goal. The games have been low-scoring, feverishly-paced and decided in the final minutes of the effort. Both Blackhawks victories have come in overtime, with the latter win coming in the shootout.
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
Once the darlings of the NHL and American sporting lure as a whole, the Chicago Blackhawks, having gone the first 24 games of the 2012-2013 campaign without a regulation loss, have fallen back down to earth ever so slightly since the Avalanche broke their record on March 8. Since that date, the team is a more mortal 3-3, though they did beat the Dallas Stars by seven goals two weeks ago. That shellacking is indicative of what the Hawks are able to do to teams when they’re at their best--score at will and cede nothing in their own end. Their six regular defenseman are all on the plus side and their worst plus/minus offender, Sheldon Brookbank, is a paltry -4. That’s a number the team is willing to live with.
A lot of what I consider normal people went absolutely crazy last night on Twitter when Mr. T scored from center ice in the 'shoot the puck through the hole game' the Blackhawks have between the 2nd and 3rd period.
Call me crazy, but I would much prefer something like this...
Another typical Patrick Kane SO goal and the game winner against Columbus.
To the goalies out there, how do you stop it?
from Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago,
The Blackhawks were playing their seventh game in 11 days, their longest stretch of the season, on Sunday, and it showed. The Blackhawks' tired minds and bodies were on full display in the opening period as the Oilers jumped on them for a 4-0 lead.
The Oilers beat them physically in the first period, but the Blackhawks also made careless errors. They had five giveaways in the first period and 19 for the game. They came into the game averaging 7.2 giveaways.
"We were on the receiving end," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They're a dangerous team. I think some mistakes mentally. We weren't sharp. Just kind of coverage and awareness things that normally [we're fine with.]"
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane admitted the stretch had likely worn him and his teammates down.
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