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Posted On Sunday, 11.15.2015 / 7:10 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Heading into a game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, CSN-CH), the Calgary Flames aren't changing anything with their lineup.

After winning 3-2 in overtime at the Washington Capitals on Friday, the Flames' third win in the past five games, coach Bob Hartley is satisfied with their recent style of play.

"That's what I like from our guys right now," Hartley said after the Flames' morning skate. "We're starting to see us play our game. We always kind of study [the other] team and prepare videos on their team, but our mindset is on our team. That's where it has to be."

Posted On Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 2:48 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty will be a healthy scratch and forward Stefan Matteau will take his spot in the lineup against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-CH).

Tlusty had no points in three games after returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out for two games. He has one goal and two assists this season. Tlusty, who signed with New Jersey as a free agent in September, hasn't had a point since Oct. 27 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Devils coach John Hynes said the nagging shoulder injury hasn't adversely affected Tlusty, whom he'd like to see play more of a power game up front.

"I wouldn't necessarily say [it was] a setback," Hynes said after the Devils' morning skate. "There's just certain components to his game that we feel are part of his identity as a player … strength on [the] puck, compete on the puck, being able to play a real strong power forward type of game. [We'll] just take a little breather here, talk to him about it, show him some things we want done better and see if we can get him back to where he was about a month ago."

Posted On Sunday, 11.08.2015 / 3:31 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks have lost four of their past five games, but the defending Stanley Cup champions will get a key piece of the puzzle back against the Edmonton Oilers at United Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, WGN).

Marian Hossa, who has missed the past three games because of an undisclosed lower-body injury, is expected to play right wing on the top line after going through Chicago's morning skate with no problems.

The Blackhawks went 1-1-1 without Hossa, one of the League's top two-way players.

"You don't want to [do more] damage early [in the] season," Hossa said. "So you'd rather take a few days to get better, where you need to be, and let the body settle down [until you] feel like you can go again. I think it was a smart decision."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.04.2015 / 2:28 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Marko Dano didn't fully grasp how big the rivalry was between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues until he saw a television ad promoting the game they'll play at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

Dano, a 20-year old Blackhawks forward, noticed it while watching the Blues' 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Scottrade Center on Tuesday.

"I just saw the commercial [Tuesday] night," Dano said after Chicago's morning skate. "I didn't even realize it's like a big thing in here. So, now I know and I've got to be ready."

Dano is not the only Blackhawks player who's new to the rivalry. Chicago will have six players facing St. Louis for the first time in the regular season. Three veterans will play the Blues for the first time wearing a Blackhawks uniform, other than preseason games.

Posted On Monday, 11.02.2015 / 5:41 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa and Bryan Bickell will not play for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Los Angeles Kings at United Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, SNE, SNO, SNW, FS-W, CSN-CH), but Marko Dano will.

Hossa is sidelined with a lower-body injury that Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thinks will be short term. Bickell was assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League and Dano was recalled from Rockford on Monday prior to Chicago's morning skate.

"I think organizationally, we wanted to have Dano up here and give him a chance to play," Quenneville said. "It's always a tough day when you tell a guy like [Bickell], who's been around for a while, that he's got to go down. But that's the business we're in."

Posted On Monday, 10.26.2015 / 2:30 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Anaheim Ducks are looking for a spark right now, and they're hopeful rookie forward Chris Wagner can provide one against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNE, SNO, SNP, PRIME, FS-SD, CSN-CH).

It's the first time the Blackhawks and Ducks are playing since last season's Western Conference Final, won by the Blackhawks in seven games.

Wagner had been sent to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Oct. 20 but was recalled Monday and will play right wing on the Ducks' fourth line. Chris Stewart will come out of the lineup as coach Bruce Boudreau continues looking for combinations that work.

He'll look to bring energy to the Ducks by being physical and looking to fire up his teammates with a well-placed hit or two. Can that help the Ducks, who have scored six goals in their first seven games?

"We'll see," Boudreau said. "We're hoping. Last year he did that for us, and hopefully this year he can too."

Posted On Saturday, 10.24.2015 / 2:32 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Lightning at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have nearly the same roster they had in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, but there could be one noticeable difference against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET, NHLN, SN1, SUN, WGN).

Rather than going with top goalie Ben Bishop, who's started the first eight games of the season, the Lightning are expected to play rookie goalie Kristers Gudlevskis in their first return to Chicago since the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup here in Game 6 on June 15.

Gudlevskis, 23, was officially recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Saturday. If he starts, it will be the second regular-season start of his NHL career.

"There's always ways to find some intelligence on guys, but certainly at the same time, you want to make sure you don't change too much of the mindset (of) traffic, second opportunities (and putting) as many pucks to the net as possible," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate. "They defend well and check well. (There's) not a lot of time and space. We want to make sure we're taking advantage of the shots we get."

Posted On Thursday, 10.22.2015 / 7:27 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks are about to get a better gauge of what life is like without defenseman Duncan Keith for a lengthy stretch.

The defending Stanley Cup champions will play the Florida Panthers at United Center on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, FS-F), and it will be Chicago's first game since Keith had surgery on his right knee.

The Blackhawks (3-3-0), who expect Keith to be out 4-6 weeks, have decided to stand pat with the six active defensemen they have.

"Certainly there's a big void in your lineup when you're missing those type of minutes and the predictability that [Keith] gives you at a high level," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the morning skate. "We use the word patience, or [say], 'We're going to work our way through it with these guys.' But certainly we've been spoiled over the years of having that type of 25 minutes of quality, solid ice time there. Hopefully we won't miss him like that, which could happen, but we're forecasting that these guys are going to be OK."

Posted On Saturday, 10.17.2015 / 7:30 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The missing link for the Chicago Blackhawks' top line will be at United Center on Saturday, but Brandon Saad will be skating with the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets instead (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-O, WGN).

Saad, who won the Stanley Cup twice with the Blackhawks, will play in Chicago for the first time since being traded to Columbus in the offseason. He'll receive his 2015 championship ring, which will also be a reminder of what's missing from his former line.

"He's real tough to replace," said Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, one of five players who have tried to replace Saad at left wing on the top line with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. "He's a fast, skilled guy with big, powerful legs and movements, so it's tough to replace a guy like that. But guys are going to step up and do the best they can."

Bryan Bickell, a power forward like Saad, will be the newest player to audition on the top line. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has cycled players through that line and hopes this move clicks.

Posted On Saturday, 10.10.2015 / 12:35 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Last season Scott Darling became a darling story in Chicago because of his rags-to-riches path to the NHL.

He took advantage of an invitation to Chicago Blackhawks training camp by earning his first NHL contract, winning the backup goalie job mid-season and helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons.

Now he's ready to prove it wasn't a fluke.

"At the end of the day, a lot of guys have come into the League for 20 games and you've never heard from them again," said Darling, 26, who likely will start against the New York Islanders at United Center on Saturday. "I want to stay here. I want to keep playing here. I want to continue playing. So I'm just trying to stay motivated and excited, and it's not too hard right now."

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