Found October 01, 2011 on The Sports Bank:
Brandon Pirri had an incredible game for the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, scoring twice and making some tremendous plays to keep things, but the Hawks couldn’t overcome a couple of weak goals given up by Ray Emery, and they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 at the United Center. Emery did make 15 saves on 18 shots, and Pens’ keeper Brent Johnson had a tremendous game, stopping 35 shots in a winning effort. It’s an adage as old as sports that the outcome of a preseason game doesn’t really matter, and that absolutely held true in this instance. Yes, the Penguins did win the game Friday, but the Blackhawks outplayed them in nearly every area, and there were plenty of positive signs for the team going forward. In a game that featured most of the starters for both clubs, the Hawks arguably looked better than they have at any point during the preseason, and that is a tremendous accomplishment considering that they were short-handed in this one. Viktor Stalberg is out for around ...

Detroit’s Brendan Smith Suspended 5 Regular Season Games

For his hit on Blackhawks forward Ben Smith on Wednesday night, Detroit prospect Brendan Smith has been suspended for the rest of the preseason plus five regular season games. If/When he is demoted back to Grand Rapids, the suspension will … Continue reading →

Blackhawks Lineup vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Here are the lineups for Friday night’s game. In goal, Brent Johnson is expected to go the distance for Pittsburgh while Ray Emery will get the full game to win his roster spot in Chicago. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Forwards 13 Daniel … Continue reading →

Central Division Predictions

I am moving on today with my regular season predictions.  Here are my Northwest Division predictions and here are my Pacific Division predictions.  Today, I move to the Central Division 1. Chicago Blackhawks - This is a team with a very good core of Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.  It is possible that any of this group could post career best seasons.  If they...

Blackhawks trim training camp roster to 30 players

Klinkhammer The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forward Rob Klinkhammer to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. The Blackhawks’ training cam...

Blackhawks Season Preview: Patrick Sharp

Thankfully, the guess here is that an appendix's presence or lack thereof doesn't really affect hockey abilities. Otherwise, this would look very different. When he does return to the lineup, it's Patrick Sharp's place in the lineup that kind of shakes everything out behind it, and causes just about the most debate among Hawks fans. There are those who feel he'...

Video: Ray Emery’s goof leads to center-ice goal for Matt Cooke

Plenty has been said about Ray Emery during his NHL (and brief KHL) career, but allow us to add another accusation to the chorus: He's probably a terrible air hockey player. Look at the angle on this clearing attempt off the boards and the way he leaves the goal vulnerable for a Matt Cooke shot from center ice; anyone that's spent more than a minute in boardwalk arcade knows...

Sullivan debuts, gets first goal of game in victory vs. Chicago

CHICAGO -- The Penguins continued their strong preseason, downing the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, Friday night at the United Center. They are 5-0 in exhibition games. Goaltender Brent Johnson, who had played only two periods previously this preseason, had a strong night and stopped 34 shots for the Penguins, who withstood a strong barrage by Chicago in the third period.

Hawks Game Day: Emery's last stand

The battle for the Chicago Blackhawks' backup goaltending job has gone down to the wire.

Hawks' Sharp (appendectomy) back at practice

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp returned to practice Friday with the team for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy Sept. 12 and declared himself near ready.

Blackhawks, Wings react to Smith suspension

After delivering an illegal hit to the head of the Chicago Blackhawks' Ben Smith during an exhibition game Wednesday night, the Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Smith was suspended for the remainder of the preseason and five regular season games.

Season Preview: Andrew Brunette

There are a few things the Hawks were lacking last year, both on the ice and the places fans don't see. Andrew Brunette was brought in to solve a lot of them. On the ice, the Hawks lacked almost any net presence. With Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien gone (though Buff barely bothered either), the Hawks had next to no one who could satisfy themselves by merely setting up a campfire...

Mix of prospects, veterans for Blackhawks vs. Caps

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several notables will be missing from the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup when they face the Washington Capitals in the final exhibition game of the preseason for both teams Sunday at Verizon Center.
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