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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

Corey Crawford (lower body) is poised to return to Chicago's lineup.

Crawford probably could've started Tuesday's game versus Minnesota, but coach Joel Quenneville decided to play Antti Raanta instead. The Blackhawks also sent Scott Darling to the minors after the contest. Crawford may be back in the crease on Saturday against Columbus or Sunday versus Toronto. He has missed the past eight games with a lower-body injury.
Dec 17 - 12:36 PM

Scott Darling has been reassigned to the minors.

The move was announced late on Tuesday. Darling has been excellent during his stints in the NHL this season. He owns a 5-2-0 record with a .937 save percentage and a 1.97 goals-against average. However, the Blackhawks will keep Antti Raanta as Corey Crawford's backup.
Dec 17 - 12:30 PM

Coach Joel Quenneville said that it's "unlikely" that Duncan Keith is suffering from a case of the mumps.

He missed Tuesday's game against Minnesota because of an illness. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Dec 17 - 12:27 PM

David Rundblad suited up for the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

He sat as a healthy scratch for Chicago's last five games. Rundblad got to play because Duncan Keith was sidelined with an illness.
Dec 17 - 12:04 PM

Andrew Shaw missed some time in the second period after he received an elbow to head from Minnesota's Nate Prosser.

He headed off for some testing but returned and finished the game. Shaw had two shots in 10:39 of ice time in Chicago's 5-3 win over the Wild. He has one assist in his last nine games.
Dec 17 - 12:01 PM

Brent Seabrook exploded for a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 5-3 win over Minnesota.

The absence of Duncan Keith (illness) seems to have put some pep in the step of Seabrook, as the outing was just his second multi-point effort of the year. Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Ben Smith all contributed goals for the Hawks in the win.
Dec 17 - 1:26 AM

Antti Raanta wasn't exceptional Tuesday, but he was good enough to earn a 5-3 win over the Wild.

Rant allowed three goals on 29 shots in the victory, which is his fourth consecutive win. Both he and Scott Darling have performed admirably in the absence of starter Corey Crawford and the two netminders look to be sharing goaltending duties for the foreseeable future. Raanta's record in seven starts is a solid 5-2-0 while his GAA is 2.01 and his save percentage is a solid .938.
Dec 17 - 1:24 AM

Confirming an earlier report, Antti Raanta will indeed start Tuesday night against Minnesota.

Raanta has been a very capable backup so far this season, having allowed just 11 goals in six games and five starts.
Dec 16 - 8:19 PM

Duncan Keith will miss Tuesday's game against Minnesota due to an illness.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville isn't sure what Keith is sick with and he consequently couldn't rule out the possibility that it's the mumps. About 15 NHL players have been hit by the disease. With Keith sidelined, David Rundblad will probably draw into the lineup.
Dec 16 - 1:01 PM

Antti Raanta is projected to start on Tuesday.

Raanta is being rewarded for stopping 23 of 24 shots in Sunday's 2-1 victory against Calgary. He has a 1.85 GAA and .944 save percentage in six contests this season.
Dec 16 - 12:10 PM


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