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Blackhawks are confident to the core

The biggest obstacle on the nine-week journey to hockey’s Stanley Cup is the fickle finger of fate. In no other sport do the fortunes of the best teams at the highest level so often hinge on a clink, a clank or a wayward bounce — …Read More

 

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  • Blackhawks vs. Blues: The deciding factors

    The St. Louis Blues were a preseason favorite to win the Stanley Cup and played like it for 26 weeks of a 28-week season. The Blackhawks are the defending champions and racked up the second-most points in team history. And neither is terribly happy with …Read More

  • Blackhawks vs. Blues will be speed vs. brawn

    There’s really no way of knowing what to expect from this first-round playoff series between the Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues. The Hawks largely cruised through the second half of the season, waiting to flip the switch in the playoffs, and have been without …Read More

  • Balanced lines are key to Blackhawks’ playoff plans

    Patrick Kane returned to practice Tuesday on the Blackhawks’ third line with center Andrew Shaw and winger Bryan Bickell. With no questions asked. ‘‘That’s what the coaches are here for, to set some lineups,’’ said Kane, who missed the final 12 games of the regular …Read More

  • Blackhawks will be in repeat mode if Toews, Kane are at their best

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    The Blackhawks’ defense of the Stanley Cup got off to a positive start Monday, when the first two skaters for an optional workout stepped on the ice at Johnny’s ­IceHouse West. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. That automatically makes the Hawks stronger than they’ve been …

  • Marian Hossa for Selke Trophy — probably not, but why not?

    Jonathan Toews doesn’t get a lot of chances to marvel at Marian Hossa. After all, they’re usually on the ice together — whether it’s on the Blackhawks’ top line, on the power play or on the No. 2 penalty-killing unit. Toews usually has plenty to …Read More

  • Jonathan Toews rested, ready for playoffs

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    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said he feels ‘’really good’’ after missing the final six games of the regular season and said he was recharged and ready to go for the playoff opener Thursday against the Blues in St. Louis.

  • Luckily for Blackhawks, Blues seem to be fading before playoffs

    Less than a month ago, facing the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs was something of a nightmare scenario for the Blackhawks. The Blues play a bruising and battering physical style, were the top team in the league, had just acquired …Read More

  • Joel Quenneville has a good problem to deal with: Depth
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  • Saturday’s result: Predators 7, Blackhawks 5

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brandon Bollig played in his 82nd game of the season Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, a remarkable achievement for a guy who had played just 43 games over the previous two seasons, and had been pigeonholed as a one-dimensional fighter. He has …Read More

  • Teuvo Teravainen scores his first North American goal

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Teuvo Teravainen scored his first North American goal in the Rockford IceHogs’ 4-1 loss Friday against the Milwaukee Admirals, the 19-year-old Finnish rookie’s AHL debut. The Blackhawks sent Teravainen to Rockford on Thursday — a day before their last two games were …Read More

  • Hawks looking foe-ward to Blues or Avs

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Blackhawks won’t play in their two most important games this weekend. While they played out the string in relatively meaningless games in Washington and Nashville, their first-round opponent will be decided Sunday. The St. Louis Blues host the Detroit Red Wings …