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With a heavy Eastern Conference schedule for the remainder of their games in October, the Blackhawks need to take care of business against the not-so-stellar Eastern Conference teams in order to keep up with the tough Western Conference. With the likes of struggling teams in Carolina, Florida and Ottawa, the Blackhawks must capitalize each and every night for the remainder of October. These games on paper are easy points and with each game against these struggling teams, the Hawks can work on different game plans that they will need in order to succeed against Western Conference teams. Even though the teams the Blackhawks are playing against the rest of the month have had subpar starts to the 2013-2014 season, whenever any team is playing the defending Stanley Cup champions, they are going to have a target on their backs. Every team will play the Hawks as if it was a playoff game and the Hawks will be challenged each and every night. Hossa and Sharp were a force to be reckoned with last year With the easy part of their schedule in the final weeks of October, the play of stars Marian Hossa and Brian Bickell needs to improve. Hossa through five games has looked slow and only has registered two points. Also, recently extended Brian Bickell has, for lack of a better term, been a disappointment to start the season. The tough and scrappy player we saw at the end of last season and the playoffs has not really shown up so far as he has registered a minus-2 rating and only one point through the first five games. But, as the Blackhawks enter this “easy” part of their schedule, this is the perfect time for players like Hossa and Bickell to step up and show that they can still bring the high level intensity night in and night out. If they don’t start producing, do not be surprised if you see coach Joel Quenneville start shifting some younger guys up in the lines and move players who are not producing around. Don’t also be surprised to see more of 40-year-old backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The backup netminder looked like the 40-year-old goaltender he is and in his only start of the season so far against the New York Islanders, Khabibulin let the Islanders back in the game at the end of the first period, letting up two quick goals only 49 seconds apart. With the departure of backup Ray Emery from last year’s team, the Blackhawks need to be confident with their backup and it does not look great with the play of Khabibulin. Follow isportsweb on twitter While the Blackhawks are the defending Cup champions, they still need to be aware that every team is after them this season. Even though these next handfuls of games are against easier Eastern Conference opponents, the Hawks still have a big target on them and they need to bring their A-game every single night. The Blackhawks begin their stretch of final games in October, Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. Puck drop is scheduled for 6pm (Central) and can be seen on CSN-Chicago and Fox Sports-Carolinas.

Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford Lead Blackhawks Past Canes

Patrick Sharp scored the Blackhawks’ first goal in regulation and the shootout winner, and Corey Crawford made a number of huge saves late in the third period as the Blackhawks earned a hard-fought two points in Carolina on Tuesday night. … Continue reading →The post Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford Lead Blackhawks Past Canes appeared first on Committed Indians.

Patrick Kane’s Friends In Buffalo Want Him To Stay In Chicago

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald, There was a time when Patrick Kane dreamed of playing in his hometown of Buffalo for the Sabres. That was before his life changed in 2007 when the Blackhawks made him the first pick in the draft. Kane has won two Stanley Cups here and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this year, and he was rookie of the year in 2008....

Can Brandon Pirri finally stick with the Blackhawks?

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Blackhawks have revved up their power play so far this season

It’s tempting when you have the precision of Duncan Keith the vision of Marian Hossa the skill of Patrick Sharp and the power of Brent Seabrook to try to be too fancy. To try for the superstar play the otherworldly pass the ideal shot. To try to make the ­perfect play. But in the chaotic world of the power play the perfect play is usually the imperfect one — the deflection...

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The shot totals are everywhere from strong to tremendous. The Chicago Blackhawks are recording everywhere from 28 to 40 shots per game that last total coming against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. But for all those shots the goals haven’t been as plentiful. Yes the Blackhawks are winning heading into this week’s games with a 3-1-1 mark. But even those victories have been...

Sharp, Blackhawks beat Carolina 3-2 in shootout

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Hurricanes rally but can't edge Blackhawks in shootout

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Playing the last two Stanley Cup champs in the span of five days was no easy task, and the Carolina Hurricanes (2-2-3) wanted to make sure they got off to a good start with high energy against the reigning champion Chicago Blackhawks (4-1-1) on Tuesday. The energy? That was there. But the good start? Not so much. It was two defensive mistakes -- first on a breakaway...

Hog Pen Week 2: Hogs Take 2 of 4 Points From Lake Erie

In week two the Icehogs traveled to Cleveland, OH to take on the Lake Erie Monsters in the Quicken Loans Arena. On Friday night goalie Antti Rannta got the start, his first since game one when he left five minutes in the first period with a lower body injury. The Hogs got off to a quick start which is always nice to get in any hockey game. The Hogs continued to get contributions...

Veteran Defenseman Steve Montador Released By Medvescak Zagreb by   Steven Ellis

33-year-old defenseman Steve Montador has been released by KHL club Medvescak Zagreb due to injury issues. Undrafted, Montador was signed by the Calgary Flames as a free agent and spent time playing for the Saint John Flames out of the American Hockey League. After losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Finals as a member of the 2003-2004 Calgary Flames, Montador...

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Though scoring has not come easy of late for the Chicago Blackhawks, they appear to be back on track following two consecutive defeats. Whether the momentum they've gained from that will help them end their road struggles against the Carolina Hurricanes remains to be seen. Looking for a rare win in Raleigh, the Blackhawks try to hand the Hurricanes a third consecutive home...

Blues-Blackhawks Preview

If not for a last-minute goal by the St. Louis Blues, the Chicago Blackhawks might be working on another season-opening streak without a regulation loss. The Blackhawks will seek to avenge last week's bitter defeat to the Blues as the Central Division teams meet again Thursday night in Chicago. The Blackhawks shattered an NHL record by going 24 games without losing in regulation...
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