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Afternoon Line- Mark Lazerus

...while the desperation in the standings is blatantly obvious, the desperation on the ice is too often nowhere to be found. And on Sunday afternoon, with a home game, with a lousy opponent, and with a five-day bye week offering no excuse not to “empty the tank,” in Jonathan Toews’ words, the Hawks sleepwalked through a putrid 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Red Wings showed up on Sunday morning. The Hawks looked like they were already in Mexico. And they no longer have that luxury.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the Blackhawks.

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Big Win For The Minnesota Wild Over The Chicago Blackhawks

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had no clue what words were spilling out of his mouth.

“I just know I’m not happy,” he said.

But the message he relayed to his players during the first intermission Wednesday certainly resonated.

After what Boudreau dubbed an “embarrassing” start by the Wild in which it was overwhelmed by the Blackhawks in the first period en route to a one-goal deficit, the team cleaned up its play the rest of the way to rally for a critical 2-1 win over its division rival at United Center.

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An Arizona/Chicago Trade

 

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks Lose At Home To The Vegas Golden Knights

from Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune,

What’s happening in Vegas isn’t supposed to be happening in Vegas.

An expansion team filled with has-beens, hardly-ever-weres and hoping-to-bes wasn’t expected to have the second-best record in hockey as the halfway point of the season approaches.

But here the Golden Knights are, where many reasonably could have expected the Blackhawks to be, in first place in their division with no signs of slowing.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks began Friday where many could have anticipated the Knights to be — in last place in their division.

The two met at the United Center, with the Hawks clinging to playoff hopes and playing their first home game in almost three weeks. The first of eight home games in a nine-game stretch ended with the visitors winning 5-4 thanks to Reilly Smith’s breakaway goal at the 13 minute, 53 second mark of the third period.

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The New York Rangers Didn’t Have A Chance Against The Chicago Blackhawks

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

In the aftermath of their dramatic performance in the outdoor Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Citi Field, the Blueshirts returned to playing hockey indoors with a dud of a performance, an empty-net abetted 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the Garden.

It was a very quick reminder of how good feelings can be so fleeting in this league, especially when fueled by mistakes.

“I saw one team playing hockey and the other chasing the whole night,” captain Ryan McDonagh said. “It’s really disappointing. We know we are coming off a big emotional win and a big stage, but we’re almost at the halfway point of the season where we need to start playing with some consistency. We didn’t give ourselves a chance.”

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The Chicago Blackhawks Lose More Than A Game To The Vancouver Canucks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Already down their No. 1 goaltender, the Blackhawks lost their No. 2 center. Then they suffered their No. 3 defeat in a row, 5-2 to the Vancouver Canucks.

Artem Anisimov left the game midway through the first period and “might miss some time” with an upper-body injury, according to Joel Quenneville. He said the Hawks will have a better idea on a timetable on Friday.

Anisimov’s absence loomed large on a team that was already painfully thin down the middle, but it was another poor night on the power play that doomed the Hawks in this one. The Hawks went 1-of-5 with the man-advantage — actually an improvement after going six straight games without a power-play goal, and carrying a 2-of-42 stretch out of the Christmas break — including some putrid efforts marked by poor passing, botched entries, and a complete lack of a net-front presence (which is often Anisimov’s job).

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Afternoon Line- Mark Lazerus

I’m not entirely convinced that another first-round exit or a missed playoff berth is going to have John McDonough sharpening his axe, but it’s certainly possible. It won’t be an easy call. Joel Quenneville is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, and is coming off his best regular-season coaching job in 2016-17. Stan Bowman is McDonough’s chosen one, who has won three Stanley Cups, playing a major role in two of them. But as Quenneville said, it’s a “winning business,” and if the Hawks aren’t winning, then there have to be consequences.

-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, responding to a question from a fan.  More on this plus more Q & A on the Blackhawks.

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Spending Some Time In The Penalty Box

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicagto Sun-Times,

“You [expletive] ogre! Go back to your swamp! Go back to your swamp, you [expletive] ogre!” Hartman hollered, a smile creeping across his face.

Reaves, who has spent several hundred minutes in penalty boxes and has heard just about everything, could only laugh and spit out some nonsense. Something colorful, to be sure.

“I don’t have planned chirps,” Reaves, now with the Penguins, said a year later. “I’m off the top of my head. I like to keep it new, keep it fresh. I’m talkative in there. I can’t tell you my chirps because they come to me right away. But they’re good. If you had me miked up for a year, you’d have some good material. I don’t know if you’d be able to play a lot of it, though. You’d have to put it on HBO late at night.”

A standard penalty box is about 8 feet wide, with a simple flat bench on which to sit. It’s surrounded on three sides by glass — to protect penalized players and the penalty-box attendants from stray pucks in front of them and drunken fans behind them. But at many NHL rinks, there’s no glass in between the boxes, just two sets of boards.

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Morning Line- Eddie Olczyk

“I sprung out of bed today, I knew I was feeling good. I don’t get many of those.”

-Eddie Olczyk.  Read more on Olczyk from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Tmes with video too.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Are The Top NHL Team At Forbes’ SportsMoney Index

from Chris Smith of Forbes,

The Forbes SportsMoney Index is the definitive ranking of the sports business world's most influential teams, athletes, brands and agencies, and it updates throughout the year to account for the latest financial data. So when we published our updated NHL team valuations last week, revealing that the average NHL team is now worth nearly $600 million, good for a 15% year-over-year increase, it was sure to have an impact on the SMI. And sure enough, those surging values are pushing hockey's top teams up the ranks.

The Blackhawks remain the top NHL team, now at No. 130 in the SMI. They're hockey's fourth-most valuable team at $1 billion, up 8% over last year, and employ two of the sport's highest-paid players in Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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