Player News - Blackhawks

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Chicago goalie Scott Darling made 25 saves during the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning in Tampa Bay Monday night.

Darling was filling in for Chicago first-string Corey Crawford, who was unimpressive and was pulled in his previous game, a loss to the Florida Panthers. Darling started off fine but was shaky in the second period, when the Hawks blew their 4-1 lead and allowed the Lightning to tie the game at 4-4. Darling still has impressive numbers for a backup. He is 18-5-3, with a goals-against average of 2.23 and a save percentage of .927.
Mar 27 - 11:56 PM

Forward Nick Schmaltz had a pair of assists in the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime loss in Tampa Bay Monday night.

The Hawks squandered a 4-1, second-period lead. Schmaltz assisted on goals by Tomas Jurco (first) and Richard Panik (21st). Schmaltz has 20 assists this season. Patrick Kane produced his 34th goal of the season for the Hawks and Artemi Panarin had his 25th.
Mar 27 - 11:50 PM

Ryan Hartman will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Hartman has had a pretty good season (18 goals in 70 games), but he's run into some penalty trouble in that last few games. Michal Kempny, Michal Rozsival and Dennis Rasmussen will also watch from the press box.
Mar 27 - 7:18 PM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thinks Artem Anisimov (lower body) will be ready for the postseason.

Anisimov was projected to miss three-to-four weeks as of March 15, so it would be a small victory if he plays at all for the rest of the regular season. Anisimov has 22 goals and 45 points in 64 games in 2016-17.
Mar 27 - 2:41 PM

Scott Darling will probably play between the pipes on Monday.

That would give Corey Crawford a game off after his rough outing where he allowed four goals on 25 shots to the Panthers before being pulled. Darling has a 2.23 GAA and .927 save percentage in 30 games this season.
Mar 27 - 12:15 PM

Jonathan Toews wants to see the Blackhawks play with a sense of urgency on Monday.

Statistically there won't be much on the line for the Blackhawks when they play against Tampa Bay on Monday as they've not only guaranteed their playoff spot, but Chicago will almost certainly finish with the best record in the Western Conference. All the same, it's important that the Blackhawks show some fight in response to their embarrassing 7-0 loss to Florida on Saturday. "Games like that we have to get out of our system and get back to trending in the right direction as we get close to the postseason," Toews said. "We can't let that complacency creep into our game."
Mar 27 - 9:36 AM

Patrick Kane may have been involved in his first NHL fight Saturday night against Chicago.

We say "may" as he really was just holding on to the Panthers' Jussi Jokienen in a scrum and was only penalized two minutes for roughing. That said, it's as close as Kane has come to fisticuffs in the NHL. Of course, you don't draft Kane for his brawn, but for his immesne offensive talent.
Mar 26 - 11:58 AM

The Blackhawks have allowed 14 goals in their last three games.

Very uncharacteristic for the Hawks. The team has lost two of those games. What is more distressing is that both losses have come against non-playoff teams--Vancouver and Florida. We suspect Captain Serious, Jonathan Toews, and the rest of the very talented Hawks' players to get their act together for Monday's contest against the Lightning.
Mar 26 - 11:52 AM

Corey Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 25 shots while successor Scott Darling fared similarly in a 7-0 loss to Florida Saturday night.

After facing and blocking nine shots in the first period, Crawford let in the first shot of the second period. This opened the Panthers scoring and they added two more goals during the second and one early in the third before Crawford was pulled after facing only 25 shots. He ended the night with a save percentage of .840. Backup goaltender Darling relieved him and allowed three more goals in the third period on six shots. In a game they were heavily favored to win, the two goaltenders fell to the aggressive offensive of a desperate team.
Mar 25 - 11:54 PM

Trevor Van Riemsdyk had the most Blackhawks’ shots on goal, in a 7-0 loss to Florida Saturday night.

Van Riemsdyk had three shots on goal against James Reimer. This tied him for the most shots with teammate John Hayden in a disappointing Chicago performance that ended with zero goals. Van Riemsdyk was coming off a three-game assist streak. He currently has five goals and 10 assists this season for a total of 15 points, which is one point better than he finished last season.
Mar 25 - 10:59 PM

Corey Crawford is expected to start Saturday night.

Crawford will be looking to build on his 42-save 3-2 shootout win against Dallas on Thursday. He has a 2.52 GAA and .920 save percentage in 49 games this season.
Mar 25 - 6:02 PM

Johnny Oduya is feeling more comfortable with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he still has some work to do.

Oduya was re-acquired by the 'Hawks before the trade deadline. Although he's feeling more comfortable with his "new" team, he admits he's still not completely up to speed. "I feel pretty good. Of course it's a lot easier when you have guys around you you've seen before, a coaching staff," Oduya said. "It's a work in progress, anyway. I want to be better, I want to evolve with the team and want us to be better, too. It's a work in progress." Even when he's at his best, Oduya doesn't provide much in terms of fantasy value.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mar 25 - 11:32 AM

Nick Schmaltz has contributed four assists in the last three games.

He set up a goal by Marian Hossa in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Dallas. Schmaltz has generated 17 of his 18 points in his last 20 appearances.
Mar 24 - 10:36 AM

Corey Crawford stopped 42 of 44 shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over the Dallas Stars.

The Blackhawks never trailed in this game, but the Stars were able to come back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits. Crawford has now won each of his last four decisions dating back to Mar. 12. He has a 30-15-3 record with a 2.52 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage.
Mar 24 - 12:43 AM

Patrick Kane scored a goal in regulation and one in the shootout in Thursday's 3-2 win over Dallas.

Kane opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 8:13 mark of the first period. He's now picked up at least one point in seven of his last eight contests. Kane has 33 goals and 81 points in 74 games this season. Marian Hossa also scored for the Blackhawks, while Artemi Panarin added the game-winner in the shootout.
Mar 24 - 12:35 AM

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