Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

It wouldn't be surprising to see Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane start Game 7 on the same line.

Toews and Kane played together for part of Game 6 with great results. The Blackhawks typically like to spread out their talent more than that, but pairing up Kane and Toews makes for a very dangerous line. Brandon Saad will likely round out that unit.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 29 - 10:01 AM

The Blackhawks will look to lean on their experience in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.

"It's very similar to just playing overtime, to be honest with you. Right from the drop of the puck in the first period, every shift is important like it always is," Patrick Sharp said. "It's magnified that much more in a Game 7. Our group has played plenty of overtimes, also Game 7s to draw experience from. I like the guys in our locker room; we get excited for opportunities like that [and] we don't shy away. We want the puck, want to score goals, play as well as we can." In some ways the Blackhawks are facing the potential end of an era as they will have significant cap challenges this summer. There will likely be one or more cost cutting trades as a result. So as dominant as Chicago has been, this year and therefore this game is of particular importance.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 29 - 9:58 AM

Bryan Bickell's goal drought has hit 16 straight games during Chicago's 2015 playoff run.

The Blackhawks would definitely like to see that slump come to an end in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against Anaheim. Chicago has posted a 16-2 record when Bickell scores in the playoffs.
May 28 - 4:39 PM

Corey Crawford has been excellent for the Blackhawks when his team faces elimination from the playoffs.

He has posted a 10-3 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 13 games. Crawford turned aside 30 of the 32 shots he faced in Game 6 on Wednesday night to help Chicago force Game 7 against Anaheim. He will look to continue that success on Saturday night and get the Blackhawks into the Stanley Cup Final.
May 28 - 1:09 PM

Andrew Desjardins contributed a pair of assists in Chicago's 5-2 win over Anaheim in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

He had the primary helper on both goals by Andrew Shaw in the third period. Desjardins made a great play on his first assist when he tossed the puck into the center of the ice for a hard-charging Shaw. He has one goal and three points in 14 playoff games with the Blackhawks.
May 28 - 11:43 AM

Marian Hossa picked up his third goal of the 2015 playoffs on Wednesday night in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks.

He was set up on a great feed by defenseman Duncan Keith, who had three helpers in the second period. Hossa is tied for fourth in the postseason with 52 shots and he's generated 12 points in 16 contests.
May 28 - 11:31 AM

Brandon Saad skated with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

He opened the scoring in the second period with his fifth goal of the playoffs. "Those two players by themselves are so great and dominant that when you put them together it's a pretty dynamic duo," Saad said. "I had a lot of fun playing with them, so I'm just happy to be here. Those two led the way." He has seven points in 16 postseason matches this year.
May 28 - 11:25 AM

Patrick Kane was indeed moved to a line with Jonathan Toews midway through the first period.

Coach Joel Quenneville hinted that he could play his star players together in Game 6 and he placed them alongside Brandon Saad to help give the team a jolt. Kane scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Anaheim in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final. His helper came on a goal by Saad and his 10th goal of the postseason held up as the game winner.
May 28 - 11:17 AM

Andrew Shaw potted a pair of goals in Game 6 against Anaheim to help the Blackhawks force Game 7 in the Western Conference Final.

He scored Chicago's insurance goal late in the third period and then added an empty netter to give the team a 5-2 victory. Shaw has three goals and one assist in six games against the Ducks for his most productive series of the 2015 playoffs.
May 28 - 11:09 AM

Chicago goalie Corey Crawford turned in a first-rate game during the Blackhawks' 5-2 triumph over the visiting Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday night.

Crawford turned aside 30 of the 32 shots he faced, and the Hawks now find themselves tied 3-3 in the series. The seventh and deciding game goes Saturday night in Anaheim. Crawford did not enjoy strong outings in his previous two games but he did exactly what he needed to do Wednesday to give the Hawks a chance to prevail in Game 7. Crawford is 8-4-1 in the playoffs with a goals-against average of 2.27 and a save percentage of .924.
May 27 - 11:38 PM

Star defenseman Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in less than four minutes during the second period Wednesday night to help the Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

The seventh and deciding game of the series will be played Saturday night in Anaheim. Wednesday, there were no goals in the first period but the Hawks jumped ahead 3-0 in the second when Keith drew his 12th, 13th and 14th assists of the playoffs on goals by Brandon Saad (fifth), Marian Hossa (third) and Patrick Kane (10th). The Ducks cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 at 1:57 of the third period but Andrew Shaw scored his second goal of the post-season at 16:28 of the third to make it 4-2 for the Hawks. Shaw then found the empty net at 19:11 to cement the 5-2 victory for the Hawks. Andrew Desjardins assisted on both of Shaw's goals, his first two assists of the playoffs. Shaw also led the game in hits, with seven.
May 27 - 11:29 PM

David Rundblad will in fact replace Kimmo Timonen in the Hawks lineup for Game 6 against the Ducks.

Updating an earlier report, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will in fact insert Rundblad over the veteran Kimmo Timonen Wednesday night as he previously hinted at during the team’s morning skate earlier in the day. Rundblad has only played in one game during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which was Game 1 versus Anaheim. He registered a minus one rating and played just 10:47. He will pair up with Johnny Oduya while Kyle Cuminsky will skate with Brent Seabrook.
May 27 - 8:01 PM

Kimmo Timonen is indeed a healthy scratch for Game 6 Wednesday night versus Anaheim.

As previously mentioned earlier in the day, the Blackhawks will elect to use the fresher, younger legs of David Rundblad on defense instead of the veteran Timonen. Timonen has not been playing much during the series versus Anaheim and has averaged just 9:25 of ice time per game in 15 of the Hawks previous playoff games. He hasn’t even recorded a point since being acquired from the Flyers at the NHL Trade Deadline so this move is definitely justified.
May 27 - 7:59 PM

Corey Crawford will get the nod in goal for Game 6 Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Hawks are facing elimination for the first time this postseason and will need Crawford to be at his best if they want a chance for a Game 7. After giving up three goals in the first period of Game 5, Crawford settled down a bit allowing just two goals in the remaining two periods and overtime. He has been shaky over the last two starts, giving up a combined nine goals on 79 shots and now has a pedestrian 2.57 goals-against-average and .917 save percentage in 12 games this postseason.
Source: NHL.com
May 27 - 5:11 PM

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews may see time on the same line during Game 6.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he is considering the possibility, but the two of them were on separate lines in the morning skate. The Blackhawks have used Kane and Toews on the same line in the past and Bryan Bickell has typically been the third member of that combination. It's certainly something to keep an eye on for Wednesday night, as Chicago will look to send the Western Conference Final to a seventh game.
Source: NHL.com
May 27 - 4:39 PM


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Friday

    MLB On The Bump: Friday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Thursday

    MLB On The Bump: Thursday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Thursday
  •  
    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold

    Short: Buy, Sell or Hold
  •  
    Short: Call-up watch and more

    Short: Call-up watch and more
  •  
    MLB On The Bump: Tuesday

    MLB On The Bump: Tuesday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's MLB 6-Pack: Tuesday