Player News - Blackhawks

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Patrick Sharp collected three assists in Chicago's 4-0 win over Toronto on Sunday night.

He skated on the top line with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg because of an upper-body injury to Brad Richards. Sharp helped set up goals by Kane, Versteeg and defenseman David Rundblad in the contest. He has 15 points in 20 games.
Dec 22 - 12:17 PM

Antti Raanta made 31 saves in Sunday's 4-0 win over Toronto.

Raanta has now won five consecutive starts. The 25-year-old has started three of Chicago's last four games but that will change with Corey Crawford back in the fold for the Hawks. Raanta is 6-2-0 with a 1.76 goals-against-average and a .945 save percentage.
Dec 21 - 10:02 PM

Patrick Kane scored a goal and added two assists in Chicago's 4-0 win over Toronto.

Kane picked up the primary assists on both of Chicago's first period goals (Rundblad, Versteeg). His power play goal in the third period made it 3-0 for the Hawks. The 26-year-old has now picked up at least a point in six consecutive games (He has 10 points in those six games). Kane has 16 goals and 36 points in 34 games this season.
Dec 21 - 9:40 PM

Tim Erixon will be a healthy scratch Sunday night vs. Toronto.

In three games thus far as a Blackhawk, Erixon has no points, one minor penalty, and four shots on goal in 10:59 average ice time. Or, in fantasy terms, not much of any value at this time.
Dec 21 - 7:01 PM

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.
Dec 21 - 5:44 PM

Antti Raanta will get the start in goal for Sunday's game against Toronto.

The 25-year-old has a 5-2-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage. He has won four consecutive starts.
Dec 21 - 5:38 PM

Brad Richards will not play in Sunday's game against Toronto because of an upper-body injury.

Richards is considered day-to-day right now. The 34-year-old has mostly centered the Hawks' second line this season. He has six goals and 18 points in 33 games.
Dec 21 - 5:28 PM

Ben Smith scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus.

Smith's third period goal tied the game at two. The 26-year-old has been a solid depth player for the Hawks this season. Smith has three points in his last two games, but has just eight points overall this season.
Dec 21 - 9:41 AM

Patrick Sharp tallied a goal for the Blackhawks, who fell 3-2 in the shootout to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Sharp has played just 19 games this season because of an injury and he’s been slow to kick it into gear as a result. He does have two goals in his last three games, though, with at least three shots on goal in four straight. Sharp has five goals and 12 points this season. Ben Smith got the other marker. Marcus Kruger, Michal Rozsival and Patrick Kane registered the helpers.
Dec 20 - 11:07 PM

Corey Crawford made only 17 saves in his return, a 3-2 shootout loss for the Blackhawks to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Crawford hadn’t played since Nov. 29 because of a lower-body and he looked rusty Saturday night. It might not be a bad idea for the Blackhawks to give him another start Sunday to get him into a rhythm again. Crawford has a 1.87 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.
Dec 20 - 11:06 PM

Patrick Kane has been one of the most productive players in the NHL in the third periods of games.

When it comes to crunch time, no one is better than Kane, who has scored 11 of his 15 goals in the third period. "Showtime, Mr. Clutch, whatever you want to call him. He's been playing really well," Jonathan Toews said. "When he gets hot and feels good about his game, you saw in the playoffs last year, he can make a huge difference especially when the game is tight. There's not much you can do to check him. He'll either score or he's going to create something if you try to take away his time and space." Well said. We have long been Kane boosters so his performance comes as no surprise to us.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 20 - 12:33 PM

Updating an earlier item, Corey Crawford will be in goal Satuday night against Columbus.

Crawford's return has been well publicized but since he has been out of action since November 29th we just wanted to remind all to activate him in time for Saturday night's contest.
Dec 20 - 12:27 PM

Duncan Keith will be back in the Chicago lineup Saturday night against the Blue Jackets.

He missed Tuesday's game with an illness and there was some concern it was the mumps, but that was not the case. Make sure you activte Keith immediately.
Dec 20 - 12:25 PM

Duncan Keith doesn't have the mumps.

The Blackhawks didn't think Keith had the mumps, but at this point any time a player gets sick, NHL teams have to act with caution. Keith will be available for Saturday's game.
Dec 19 - 1:16 PM

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks on Saturday.

Crawford hasn't played since Nov. 29 due to a lower-body injury. He has a 1.87 GAA and .929 save percentage in 18 contests. Now that he's healthy, he should get the lion's share of Chicago's starts, which will obviously hurt Antti Raanta's fantasy value.
Dec 19 - 1:12 PM


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