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NEW YORK (January 24, 2015) – The National Hockey League announced today the participating Clubs, locations and dates for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ games planned for the 2015-16 NHL regular season.
The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, on Jan. 1, 2016. When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following Toronto’s appearance in 2014.
The 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will feature two games. On Sunday, Feb. 21, in a first for the Club, the Minnesota Wild will play host to the Chicago Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium on the Univ. of Minnesota campus. The following weekend, on Saturday, Feb. 27, the Colorado Avalanche will make their debut in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they play host to the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field.
from Scott Powers of ESPNChicago,
Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will undoubtedly be making and taking calls over the coming month and a half, but he doesn’t expect to make any big moves leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline....
“I would never rule things out, but I don’t know if we’re going to be a really active player,” said Bowman before the Blackhawks played the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday. “In the game today with the salary cap, we’re essentially right at the cap now. So if you’re going to be adding players, unless you’re trading players away, I’m not sure we’re in that spot.
“Sometimes you have a guy or two who is underperforming or whose contract you’re trying to get rid of, but we don’t really have anyone like that. We like our guys. They’re all contributing. Certainly they have slumps and they play well and struggle at times but, in general, it’s not like we have to get rid of this guy. If you were to trade one of those, you create one hole to fill another.”
from The Chicago Daily-Herald,
Mike Spellman, the Daily Herald's Chicago Blackhawks expert and the creator of the Spellman's Scorecard column, died unexpectedly Tuesday.
The cause of death is unconfirmed but he appeared to have suffered a heart attack. Today would have been his 51st birthday.
Just last year, Spellman assumed the Blackhawks beat after the death of longtime hockey writer Tim Sassone.
"While you were dazzled by his creativity as a writer and columnist," Sports Editor Tom Quinlan said, "he was such a good and kindhearted person that you were even more impressed by his outgoing spirit and positive nature. We lost a true friend and a colleague we greatly admired," Quinlan said.
Here is the video explanation...
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
In the wake of their 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday night, the Hawks, the league’s stingiest team entering the game (but no longer), have given up at least four goals in three of their last four games, and six of their last 11. As a result, they have lost two straight, three of four, and five of eight.
Quenneville called Sunday’s loss a “carbon copy” of Friday’s loss to Winnipeg — a surging division rival playing for the second straight night on the road, scoring a power-play goal in the third period and pulling away for a victory.
“We’re not happy,” Quenneville said. “Home games. Games that we’re expected to win, teams that played the night before, points you’ve got to have. … We saw two opponents in the past two nights that are trying to move ahead. And that’s what we’re going to face every night. We’ve got to be more competitive than we saw.”
via the NHL,
Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will be offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault in a game Friday.
Carcillo was not penalized for the play that occurred near the end of the second period (he drew a penalty for cross-checking Jets forward Mark Scheifele afterward). Perreault did not play in the third period.
Winnipeg won 4-2.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: cross-checking. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Missed the play, watch it here...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
... fallout from Friday's game includes the loss of red-hot Jets forward Mathieu Perreault to an apparent arm injury after taking a vicious slash from Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo late in the second period.
Carcillo received a slashing minor, but the Jets didn't even get a power play, since Mark Scheifele was called for slashing.
“It was a vicious cross-check to an unsuspecting player,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, who said Perreault would be further evaluated on Saturday. “This was as big a character win as we've had since I've been here.”
more on Winnipeg's 4-2 win over Chicago...
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Christina was born with many challenges, one of which is she is blind. Her goal was to experience a Blackhawks game at the UC.
Brent Seabrook took a skate to the face in this scramble in front of Chicago's net. He did return to the game.
In Chicago's 4-2 win over Minnesota, Thomas Vanek put this hit on Marcus Kruger and received a major for boarding.
If you scroll to the 18:20 mark of the Winter Classic highlights below, you can see Versteeg take a shot to the hand area...
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