Player News - Blackhawks

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Mac Carruth has been called up by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Carruth was presumably summoned to help out in practices, as there's no chance that he will be asked to start in a playoff game. The 22-year-old had a 3.38 GAA and .893 save percentage in 32 ECHL contests in 2013-14.
Apr 16 - 4:50 PM

Michal Handzus was back on Chicago's second line at practice on Tuesday.

He skated between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp in the session. Handzus recorded just four goals and 16 points in 59 games during the regular season. If he opens the playoffs with Hossa and Sharp as his wingers then he could get a good fantasy boost.
Apr 16 - 9:02 AM

Jonathan Toews skated between Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad on Tuesday.

He missed Chicago's last six games of the regular season with an upper-body injury, but he'll play in Game 1 against St. Louis on Thursday night.
Apr 16 - 8:58 AM

Patrick Kane skated on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw on Tuesday.

It was his first full practice with his teammates after missing the last 12 games of the regular season with a knee injury. "It was nice to do some drills that are game-like, whether it was three-on-twos up the ice or power play or defensive zone coverage, things like that to get back into it," said Kane.
Apr 16 - 8:53 AM

Jeremy Morin was an odd man out at practice on Tuesday.

He skated with probable scratches Peter Regin and Joakim Nordstrom. "Obviously you want to be in the lineup, but I can say honestly I'm really excited just be a part of it," Morin said. "I've never experienced playoffs before in pro hockey. Anything I can do, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be here." Morin was red hot at the end of the regular season, with four goals and two assists in six games, but he'll get bumped from the lineup with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews set to return.
Apr 16 - 8:49 AM

Patrick Sharp practiced on a line with Michal Handzus and Marian Hossa on Tuesday in preparation for the Blackhawks playoff opener on Thursday in St. Louis.

It was the first practice in nearly a month where the Hawks iced a completely healthy lineup. Head Coach Joel Quenneville chose to split up his three highest producing forwards in Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane onto separate lines. Coach Q appears to be favoring a balanced attack in the playoffs, but Sharp has proven that he could excel with anyone on his line this season. Though Sharp played with Toews the majority of the year, the talented forward managed three goals and two assists without the dynamic centerman in the final seven games of the regular season.
Apr 15 - 6:52 PM

While the recognition he does get usually is for his offensive contributions — he reached the 30-goal plateau for the eighth time in his career — it’s Marian Hossa's work without the puck that makes him such an elite player, even at 35.

Hossa led the league in takeaways for much of the season, but missing 10 games with injuries and family matters dropped him to fifth overall. But in 72 games, he had 75 takeaways — the highest average per game among league leaders. There’s no question Hossa is one of the best — if not the best — two-way players in the world. But he won't likely win the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top defensive forward, because it traditionally goes to a center. Hossa is a right winger. The likely Selke winner this year will be Boston's Patrice Bergeron. "It seems like only the centers get mentioned a lot," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "But Hossa, two-way, is as good as any player in the league. Start getting him in that category. You have my support."
Apr 15 - 9:58 AM

Patrick Kane (lower body) skated Monday as he prepares to return to the lineup in Chicago's playoff opener on Thursday night.

"I feel pretty good," Kane said. "I've had some time to rest my injury, obviously, the right amount of time, and with anything you want to make sure you're feeling good coming back. I think that's where I'm at right now. It'll be nice to get a couple skates with the team (Tuesday) and Wednesday and the pregame skate Thursday and get ready to go." He hasn't played since Mar. 19 because of a lower-body injury.
Apr 14 - 4:57 PM

Jonathan Toews (upper body) participated in Monday's optional practice and said he felt "really good."

"(Tuesday) I'll be out there with the boys, back to the usual routine," Toews added. "It's kind of nice. It's not fun to be on your own program for a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to being back." He hasn't played since Mar. 30, but he's slated to return to the lineup for Game 1 against St. Louis on Thursday.
Apr 14 - 4:54 PM

Brandon Bollig appeared in all 82 games for the Blackhawks this season.

However, Bollig isn't sure if he's guaranteed himself a spot in the lineup for the playoffs. "There are a lot of guys fighting for playing time right now and earning their way in," he said. "It's nice to have that competition — it keeps guys fresh and keeps guys honest. Nobody gets complacent, and everyone's kind of fighting every night. That can be very good for a team because obviously everyone wants to play every game. The competition keeps guys hungry." He finished the year with seven goals and 14 points after not recording a point in his previous 43 NHL outings.
Apr 14 - 12:28 PM

Marian Hossa scored his 30th goal of the season on Saturday.

Hossa netted the goal midway through the first period and only logged 4:30 minutes as a result. "I said, 'Well, if you do score early I'm going to pull you,'" Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville explained. "And that's what happened." It was the Blackhawks' last game of the season and their playoff position had already been decided, so making sure none of their top players got injured was their main concern.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 13 - 10:12 AM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Jonathan Toews will "absolutely" participate in the playoff opener.

Toews missed Chicago's final six regular season games. He had 28 goals and 68 points in 76 contests in 2013-14.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 13 - 10:08 AM

Patrick Kane (lower body) will definitely be available for Game 1 of the first round, according to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Kane hasn't played since March 19th due to the injury. He finished the regular season with 29 goals and 69 points in 69 games this season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 13 - 10:07 AM

Goalie Antti Raanta, Corey Crawford's backup, could turn aside only 16 shots in the Chicago Blackhawks' 7-5 loss to the Predators in Nashville Saturday night.

The game marked the end of the regular season for the Blackhawks. The Stanley Cup defending championship finished with a 46-21-15 record, good for third in the Central Division. They will face either the Colorado Avalanche or the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference first round. Raanta finishes the season with a record of 13-5-4, a GAA of 2.71 and a save percentage of .897.
Apr 12 - 11:11 PM

Andrew Shaw produced a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks ended their regular season in unimpressive fashion Saturday night.

The depleted Blackhawks squandered a 3-2 lead entering the third period and wound up on the losing end of a 7-5 outcome in Nashville. The defending Stanley Cup champions now enter next week's playoffs on two-game losing streak. Playing without six top players -- center Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane are injured, and coach Joel Quenneville elected to rest defensemen Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson and centers Michael Handzus and Marcus Kruger -- the Blackhawks blew leads of 2-0 and 3-2 one night after a 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals. Shaw's goal was his 20th of the season. He also posted his 19th assist. Brandon Saad also had a two-point night for Chicago with two assists to give him 28. Other Chicago goals Saturday were scored by Marian Hossa (30th), Matt Carey (first), Jeremy Morin (fifth) and Ben Smith (14th).
Apr 12 - 11:07 PM


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