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Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (56) / 9/15/1958
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
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The Chicago penalty-killing unit will have its hands full with Anaheim's lethal power play.
"They have two real good units. They shoot the puck, have presence at the net, good patience and play recognition and are a threat off the rush," Quenneville said. "All areas of our penalty killing have to be aware of their options, try to deter clean entries. It starts even off faceoffs. They’re dangerous in a lot of ways, so let’s make sure we don’t give them too many opportunities." Coming into this series, the Ducks have the best power play in the NHL at 31 percent, while the Hawks penalty killing unit ranks 12th this postseason at 72.7 percent. May 17 - 10:06 AM
Source: CSN Chicago

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Chicago isn't the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, based on the odds Bovada is giving.

The Rangers are getting 2/1 odds while Chicago is a 11/5 bet. Of course the Blackhawks have the better track record of playoff success, but before they can challenge the Rangers - or potentially the Lightning - they have to defeat the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final. In that regard, Chicago is the favored team, albeit only slightly in Bovada's eyes. Anaheim's odds of winning the championship are 12/5.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 15 - 9:16 AM

Although Chicago will be regarded as the favorites against Anaheim in the Western Conference Final, the Blackhawks know they have their work cut out for them.

"We feel like if you progress in the playoffs, you've got to elevate your game to beat teams that have got a lot of confidence, and they've got to be playing the right way," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "They've got a lot of things going for them. You look at the first two rounds: they played extremely well. So we've got to raise it." Anaheim needed just nine games to get through Winnipeg and Calgary. The Ducks will also have the home ice advantage as they had the better regular season record. Still, Chicago has a clear edge in experience as this is the squad's fifth trip to the Conference Final in seven years.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 12 - 10:01 AM

Chicago knows their penalty kill has to be better in Round 2.

"Some of the goals I think, technically, positionally, [are] some of the things that in the past we don't give up those type of goals," said coach Joel Quenneville. "It's something that we've got to rectify from our last series, knowing that, 'Let's prevent their power play from getting excited.'" The Blackhawks placed 13th on the penalty kill after Round 1, but they have been successful against Minnesota in the postseason before. In five games in 2013 the Hawks killed all 17 Wild power plays and last season they were successful on 15 of 17 Minnesota opportunities.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 29 - 6:37 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks got a power play goal in their game six win over Nashville.

The Hawks came into game six with their power play going just 2-for-17 in the series. "We’re going to need our power play to have success," Quenneville said prior to game six. "We’re going to need it for a lot of ways — scoring timely goals can help the guys five-on-five with their confidence with the puck as well." Jonathan Toews scored on the man advantage in the first period. If the Hawks can find some consistency on their power play, they will be extremely difficult to stop going forward.
Apr 26 - 9:47 AM

Joel Quenneville won his 750th career game after his Blackhawks defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. He now trails Al Arbour by just 32 wins for second all-time.

It's been a remarkable career for Quenneville, who's won two Cups with the Blackhawks as well. He may never catch Scotty Bowman's unreal 1,244 wins (30 seasons as a coach), but Coach Q will be able to take pride in needing two fewer seasons (20) than Arbour to achieve 782.
Mar 24 - 12:12 AM

Chicago has been struggling on the power play.

The Blackhawks have not scored on their last 15 opportunities and the club recorded just three shots on four chances in Sunday's 1-0 overtime loss to the New York Rangers. "The power play, I think it slows our team game down a bit," coach Joel Quenneville said. Chicago currently ranks 21st in the league with the man advantage.
Mar 9 - 12:38 PM

Joel Quenneville stopped Saturday's practice because he wanted to see more intensity and desperation from his players.

"Certainly in stretches, I think playing [with] more desperation is probably the way to approach it," he said. "The meaning and value of points are so valuable. Where we’re at the standings and the division and conference is critical going into every game. You want to make sure the approach is focused but let’s have some attention to detail as well with the right attitude."
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 8 - 10:38 AM

Chicago's assistant equipment manager Clint Reif passed away on Sunday morning.

Reif was in his ninth season with the Blackhawks' equipment staff. "Tough day, certainly," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who was visibly shaken and had tears in eyes, on Sunday. "Our hearts and our prayers go out to Kelly and the four children and our training staff. The trainers’ fraternity, which is as tight as any field, they all lost a brother today. So, tough day." Chicago will wear "CR" decals on their helmets. We would like to send our condolences to the entire Reif family.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:44:00 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have been playing some excellent hockey of late.

The Hawks are 9-1-0 in their last 10 games and have won six straight. Even more impressive is that the Hawks have surrendered only 19 goals in those 10 games. "We’re excited," coach Joel Quenneville said. "We put ourselves in the spot we were hoping to be after 20 games. But we shouldn’t be satisfied. We should be looking to improve off of these levels, which would make us a good team."
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 12:19:00 PM

Los Angeles Kings' head coach Darryl Sutter believes that the Chicago Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL right now.

"They’re the best team in the league, and that’s clear through the first two months of the year," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the Hawks beat the defending Stanley Cup champions 4-1 at Staples Center on Saturday night. "If you’re going to give them two goals, you’re probably going to get your [butt] kicked, and that’s exactly what happened." The Hawks are 15-8-1 this season and are 8-2-0 in their last 10 games. The team's head coach Joel Quenneville believes they are on the right track after a slow start. "We got off to an ordinary start," coach Quenneville said. "But we can see the team trending in the right direction. It’s a sign that, hey, we’re coming. When we play the right way, we’re a dangerous team."
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Coach Joel Quenneville isn't concerned with Chicago's sluggish start to the year offensively.

"We feel it’s just a matter of time," he said. "We've had a couple of games where we had two or three goals in a game when we easily could have had five or six. It's still early. But one thing we don't have to worry about too often is production." Chicago ranks 23rd in the NHL with 2.33 goals per game, but they also sit first in the league with 38 shots for per contest.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Joel Quenneville was frustrated with his team's performance on Saturday night.

The Hawks lost to the Blues, and the coach wasn't thrilled with his team's effort. "We’re giving up some late goals in periods there," Quenneville said. "We didn’t generate a lot, it was tight. A couple turnovers there in the middle of the ice didn’t need to happen, and it resulted in their play and their winning goals. It was hard to watch."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville said that his team's performance against Buffalo on Saturday was "night and day" compared to the season opener against Dallas.

On Thursday night against Dallas, Chicago had only three shots on goal through 26 minutes. The Hawks were much better against the Sabres on Saturday. "Across the board, we were 100 percent better than we were the other day. Today put us back on the right track." Even though the Sabres are probably the worst team in the NHL, Chicago was dominant tonight. They are definitely Stanley Cup contenders again this season.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Based on the odds provided by online oddsmaker Bovada, the Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2015.

The Blackhawks have 13/2 odds, with the defending champion Los Angeles Kings ranking second at 9/1. Boston rounds out the top three (10/1) while Anaheim, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis are tied for fourth with 12/1 odds. The least likely to win the Cup (all at 75/1 odds) are Buffalo, Calgary, Florida, and Nashville. Obviously, we have a lot of hockey ahead of us, so all predictions need to be taken in the proper context.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 02:25:00 PM

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
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling
3Antti Raanta