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Johnny Oduya | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 188
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The Chicago Blackhawks have won games in many different ways this postseason but even they will tell you that they are playing with fire at times.
The Hawks have definitely made some game interesting and that held true in game one against Minnesota, after they built up a 3-0 lead just to see the Wild come back and tie it. Chicago ended up winning the game, but they are aware that playing with fire can burn you eventually. "We talk about it," defenseman Johnny Oduya said when asked if the Hawks are ever concerned about playing with fire. "Sometimes you’re amazed as a player just as much as everybody else watching and you don’t know what’s really going on. But you try to control it as much as you can and not let your emotion get in your way." May 3 - 10:02 AM

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Johnny Oduya thinks the Blackhawks need to improve defensively in the high-scoring areas.

Even though the Blackhawks won Game 1, the Wild erased a 3-0 deficit. They have also given up 38 shots per game, most among playoff teams. That’s not a recipe for Stanley Cup success. "We need to tighten up a little," Oduya said. "You don't want guys hanging out by themselves in the slot and getting opportunities. That's something you want to keep away from. You don't want to put stress on your goalies to come up with big saves."
May 2 - 10:02 PM

Johnny Oduya's two-game point streak ended on Monday, but he played a strong game against Los Angeles.

He logged a team-high 24:42 of ice time and he posted a plus-3 rating in a 4-1 victory. Oduya also registered two shots, three hits and four blocks.
Mar 31 - 12:42 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) is expected to return Thursday night.

"I feel good," Oduya said. "A lot of improvement from last week [when he returned to practice]. You don't really know how you'll respond after skating for a couple of days, but it feels good." He has been absent from the last six games due to an upper-body injury. He's slated to be paired with Niklas Hjalmarsson again versus Arizona.
Mar 12 - 9:45 AM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) will probably return on Thursday.

Oduya took part in Friday's morning skate as he works towards being ready by that date. "It's coming along good. I felt pretty good," Oduya said. "Obviously nice coming back and skating with the guys after being in isolation for 10 days, so it's nice to be back with the guys on the ice." Oduya, who lasted played on Feb. 22, doesn't think he'll need to be eased back into the lineup when he does return.
Mar 6 - 6:05 PM

Johnny Oduya could return to action by the end of next week.

Oduya is recovering from an upper-body injury. Check back with us next week for an update as to his status.
Feb 28 - 12:05 PM

Johnny Oduya (upper body) is expected to be sidelined for around a couple of weeks, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

He was injured on his first shift of the Chicago's 6-2 loss to Boston on Sunday. The Blackhawks are slated to lean on Tim Erixon and David Rundblad more during Oduya's absence.
Feb 24 - 10:36 AM

Johnny Oduya's undisclosed injury is related to his upper-body.

Oduya is likely to be sidelined for a couple of weeks due to the ailment. With Oduya unavailable, Kyle Cumiskey might come out of the press box and stick with the Blackhawks for a while longer.
Feb 23 - 3:03 PM

Johnny Oduya left Sunday's game against the Boston Bruins with an undisclosed injury.

Oduya left the game in the first period and he hasn't returned to the bench for the start of the second. We'll give you a more detailed update as soon as one is made available.
Feb 22 - 4:48 PM

Johnny Oduya was able to play Friday nigt against the Red Wings.

He left Tuesday's game after getting hit with a shot but was OK to dress for the 4-1 loss to Detroit Friday evening. Oduya took 30 shits and had 20:28 of ice time so he looks to be just fine.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 02:36:00 AM

Johnny Oduya exited Tuesday's game in the third period after getting hit with a shot.

"We'll know more (Wednesday)," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We'll see. Hopefully, he'll be all right." Oduya has more to the Blackhawks as a shutdown blueliner than he does in fantasy hockey. He has two points and 27 blocks in 16 games this season.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Johnny Oduya is projected to open the season with David Rundblad as his defense partner.

The Blackhawks appear to be leaning towards beginning the year with the duo of Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson skating on different pairings. Hjalmarsson is slated to be joined by training camp standout Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 09:48:00 AM

Johnny Oduya (lower body) wasn't on the ice Friday morning.

Oduya might be able to skate on Saturday though. He had 16 points and 38 penalty minutes in 77 contests in 2013-14.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Ryan Winn of the Arizona Republic thinks that the Coyotes should take advantage of teams over the NHL salary cap.

Winn writes that the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are two of the four team who are already over the salary cap limit and will each need to make at least one trade to get under the cap by the start of the season. The Coyotes are well under the cap as they have spent almost $57.9 million and can go as high as $69 million. Defenseman Johnny Oduya is slated to make only $2.825 million with a cap hit of $3.375 million and will make a solid addition to the Arizona blueline. Stay tuned.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 07:01:00 AM

It turns out that Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya broke his right foot blocking a shot from the point late in the third period of Game 7 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings.

He kept playing in overtime anyway, logging three shifts. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Oduya might not have been able to play if his team had beaten the Kings and moved on to the Stanley Cup championship series.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Antoine Vermette
3Brad Richards
4Marcus Kruger
5Teuvo Teravainen
6Joakim Nordstrom
LW1Patrick Sharp
2Brandon Saad
3Bryan Bickell
4Daniel Carcillo
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Kris Versteeg
4Andrew Shaw
5Andrew Desjardins
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Kimmo Timonen
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5Johnny Oduya
6David Rundblad
7Michal Rozsival
8Kyle Cumiskey
9Trevor van Riemsdyk
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling
3Antti Raanta