Player News - Blackhawks

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Ben Smith scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Nashville.

He gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at the time. Smith has been averaging 14:12 of ice time per contest this season, which has included a key role on Chicago's penalty kill unit.
Oct 24 - 10:49 AM

Andrew Shaw potted his third goal of the young season on Thursday night in Nashville but the Hawks fell 3-2 to the Predators.

Shaw now has four points through six games as the 23-year-old is providing decent offense for the Blackhawks so far. He managed to notch 39 points in 80 games last season.
Oct 23 - 11:40 PM

Antti Raanta made 24 saves in a 3-2 loss in Nashville during his second game in charge for the injured Corey Crawford.

Raanta could not quite follow up the shutout he posted on Tuesday night, as he faced 27 shots and allowed James Neal to beat him three times. Raanta will try to redeem himself on Saturday night in St. Louis. Raanta is now 1-1 with a 1.51 goals against average and .949 save percentage.
Oct 23 - 11:31 PM

There's a chance that Scott Darling could get the nod for Chicago on Sunday against Ottawa.

Number one keeper Corey Crawford has been ruled out for the Blackhawks' two-game trip, so Antti Raanta is projected to start Thursday and Saturday against Nashville and St. Louis, respectively. We'll keep you posted as Crawford's status and Raanta's fatigue level will likely influence who gets the call.
Oct 23 - 11:27 AM

Corey Crawford (upper body) won't participate in Chicago's upcoming two-game road trip.

Crawford already missed Tuesday's contest due to the injury. He won't even travel with the team as the Blackhawks play in Nashville on Thursday and St. Louis on Saturday. They'll be back home for a game against Ottawa on Sunday.
Oct 22 - 1:27 PM

Corey Crawford (upper body) didn't attend Wednesday's practice.

Crawford was scratched from Tuesday's game due to the ailment. Chicago is scheduled to play against on Thursday and his status for that contest is unknown at this time.
Oct 22 - 12:37 PM

Patrick Sharp had two helpers in a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday.

He had assists on both of Patrick Kane's power-play goals. Sharp has registered six points in six games this campaign. If there's one complaint about his start to the 2014-15 season it's that Sharp has two goals on a whopping 29 shots. However, fantasy owners probably aren't concerned with that right now.
Oct 22 - 10:02 AM

Bryan Bickell picked up a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-0 blanking of Philadelphia on Tuesday.

He also was credited with a game-high six hits. Bickell has three points in his last two outings after going pointless in his previous three contests. He has elevate his offensive game in the playoffs the past two years, but in the regular season it's still difficult to trust his contributions. Still, he's worth keeping an eye on in case he gets streaky.
Oct 22 - 9:51 AM

Patrick Kane netted a pair of goals for the Blackhawks Tuesday night as part of a 4-0 shutout win over the Flyers.

With five points in as many games to begin the season, Kane is performing exactly as expected on draft day. The Hawks also received contributions from Brandon Saad and Bryan Bickell in the victory, as each recorded a goal and an assist in the win.
Oct 22 - 12:31 AM

In his first action of the season, Chicago netminder Antti Raanta was perfect as he shut out the Flyers by a score of 4-0.

Starting in place of the injured Corey Crawford, Raanta blocked all 32 shots he faced and earned his first win of the year. Though he was mediocre when called upon last season, the Blackhawks' backup would be a valuable addition in Crawford were to miss any length of time thanks to a terrific supporting cast.
Oct 22 - 12:28 AM

Scott Darling has been called up by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago needed to summon a goaltender because Corey Crawford is dealing with an upper-body injury. Darling will serve as Antti Raanta's understudy for now.
Oct 21 - 12:44 PM

Antti Raanta will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Raanta had a 2.71 GAA and .897 save percentage in 25 contests in 2013-14. He wasn't expected to get his first start of the season until this weekend, but Corey Crawford is unavailable.
Oct 21 - 12:43 PM

Corey Crawford has sustained an upper-body injury.

Crawford will not start against the Philadelphia Flyers as a result. Beyond that, he's considered day-to-day. Crawford has a 1.66 GAA and .926 save percentage in four games this season.
Oct 21 - 12:31 PM

Brandon Saad was bumped to the third line at Monday's practice.

He skated with Bryan Bickell and Brad Richards. "I'm just going to try to play the same way," Saad said. "Richards, I played a little with him at the start of the year, and Bickell I'm familiar with too, so I think as a line we can do some real damage and I'm looking forward to getting it going." Kris Versteeg, who is expected to return from injury Tuesday night, took Saad's spot on the second unit.
Oct 21 - 10:39 AM

Antti Raanta is likely to play this weekend, according to coach Joel Quenneville.

The Blackhawks play back-to-back games against St. Louis and Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It's probable that Raanta will be in the crease versus the Senators, but we'll keep you posted.
Source: CSN Chicago
Oct 20 - 6:02 PM


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