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Posted On Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 3:28 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Rangers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO – Bryan Bickell will watch the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers play at United Center on Sunday from a vantage point he doesn't enjoy.

The Blackhawks left wing will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season after scoring two goals and five points in the previous 20 games. Bickell, who's 6-foot-4, 223 pounds, is supposed to be a physical forward who bangs away around the net to score the so-called "dirty" goals off rebounds and screen goalies.

He also has a good shot and leads the Blackhawks in hits (166), but isn't doing enough of either for coach Joel Quenneville's liking. Asked after Chicago's optional morning skate Sunday why Bickell wasn't in the lineup, Quenneville didn't hesitate with his answer.

Posted On Friday, 03.06.2015 / 3:03 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be favored heavily when they step on the ice at United Center on Friday, which means they have to guard against letting their guard down.

The Edmonton Oilers, 29th in the NHL standings, are here for the third and final game between the teams this season. Chicago is third in the Central Division, four points behind the second-place St. Louis Blues.

It looks like a short putt, but the Blackhawks know better.

"There hasn't been a night this whole year where our team could come in here and say, 'Boy, that was an easy game, that was a lot of fun out there,'" left wing Patrick Sharp said after the morning skate. "Every game's been challenging. There's so many good coaches out there and teams are playing strong systems. We have a lot of respect for the Oilers and what they can do. They've beaten us pretty handily a few times in the past couple seasons and we know that."

Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 2:46 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Just when it seemed like the Chicago Blackhawks were done with trades, general manager Stan Bowman struck again Monday to pad their depth down the middle.

Not long after the Blackhawks wrapped up their morning skate at United Center, preparing to play the Carolina Hurricanes, they traded fourth-line forward Ben Smith to the San Jose Sharks for fourth-line center Andrew Desjardins.

Smith, 26, has five goals and four assists in 61 games and has played on the fourth line nearly the entire season. He played in parts of five seasons in Chicago and had 23 goals and 16 assists in 156 games.

Smith had worked his way into a key role on the top penalty-kill unit, but Desjardins also has experience playing shorthanded. Desjardins is not expected to play against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, but Smith might play for the Sharks against the Montreal Canadiens.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.24.2015 / 2:50 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- After taking a long look in the mirror, the Chicago Blackhawks will try to end a three-game losing streak while getting a look at their past at United Center on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks conclude a disappointing eight-game homestand against the Florida Panthers, who have six former Blackhawks in their organizational system and five on the NHL roster.

Injuries and ineffective play will keep all but Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell and forward Jimmy Hayes from facing their former team, but they'll have plenty of motivation being back at the Madhouse on Madison Street.

"It's always fun playing your old teammates, especially Brian Campbell," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said after Chicago's morning skate. "I got along with him good here and we're good friends to this day, so it's always fun playing guys you're familiar with. When you get out on that ice, the competitive nature takes over and you want to win the hockey game and do everything you can to get the best of them."

Posted On Sunday, 02.22.2015 / 11:33 AM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Less than two years after playing in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks again have their Cup hopes in mind for the finale of a two-game regular-season series.

When they play at United Center on Sunday (3:30 pm ET; NBC), however, each team hopes to shake off some recent struggles and spark a hot streak for the stretch run of the regular season. The Bruins are winless in their past six games (0-4-2) and clinging to the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Blackhawks are trying to hang onto third in the Central Division and are 2-1-3 in the first five of a season high eight-game homestand.

Boston is also without two-way center David Krejci, who was injured Friday at the St. Louis Blues.

“It’s a really high stress point,” Bruins forward Milan Lucic said after practice Saturday in Chicago. “It’s easy to get down and frustrated. It’s hard to keep things loose and keep things light and keep things confident in the room and in the game. But as individuals, we have to have each others’ backs, keep staying the course and moving things in the right direction. If we can keep competing hard and stick to the gameplan, ultimately we’ll start getting the results that we want.”

Posted On Friday, 02.20.2015 / 2:37 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Colorado Avalanche are back in the Windy City and goalie Semyon Varlamov is going to start, and that usually means trouble for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Varlamov always seems to save his best for the Blackhawks, who will face him for the second time this season at United Center on Friday. Varlamov made 54 saves in a 2-0 Colorado victory on Jan. 6 to earn his second career shutout against Chicago, setting an NHL record for most saves in a road shutout.

The victory improved his career record against the Blackhawks to 8-3-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in 12 games.

"I think they do," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said when asked if goalies can get into the heads of opponents. "A lot of players who play against [the Montreal Canadiens] and see Carey Price, I'm sure he's in their heads. That certainly could be the case. When I was playing, sometimes you just feel very confident against a team or against certain players, and it seems [Varlamov is against Chicago]."

Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 2:18 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Red Wings at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- A game within the game will be one of the most interesting aspects to watch when the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings conclude their season series at United Center on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports).

The game pits the NHL's top-rated penalty killers (Blackhawks) against the League's best on power plays (Red Wings).

Will Detroit's 26 percent success rate with the man-advantage (51 goals in 196 opportunities) be too much for Chicago, or will the Blackhawks' 87.9 percent rate of killing power plays hinder the Red Wings' offensive capability?

"I guess we'll find out," said forward Ben Smith, who plays alongside center Marcus Kruger on Chicago's top penalty-killing unit. "It's a big challenge for us. We're excited for it. They've got some highly-skilled players who can make some plays, and I guess we'll see who trumps who. It's one aspect of the game that will play a big role in the outcome, so we're going to do our best out there."

Posted On Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 10:41 AM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Penguins at Blackhawks

CHICAGO – The Pittsburgh Penguins might not know the exact numbers, but it comes as no surprise to them that Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa is sizzling right now.

Hossa, 36, has seven goals and one assist in the past four games for the Blackhawks, who play host the Penguins at United Center on Sunday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TVA, City). The former Penguins forward, who helped Pittsburgh make it to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, nearly scored an eighth in Chicago's 3-1 victory Friday against the New Jersey Devils.

Goalie Cory Schneider made a save on Hossa's shot but it quickly became an assist when Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews – who centers Hossa's line – put the rebound into the net for a 2-1 lead in the third period.

Toews has two assists to go with that goal in the past four games and left wing Brandon Saad has two goals and three assists in the previous five game for the Blackhawks' top line combination.

Posted On Friday, 02.13.2015 / 2:22 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Rookie forward Ryan Hartman will live out a dream and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey will get another shot to revive his when the Chicago Blackhawks face the New Jersey Devils at United Center on Friday.

The Blackhawks recalled the duo from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Thursday, and reassigned rookie forward Teuvo Teravainen. Cumiskey, 28, will take the place of veteran Michal Rozsival, who's out with an upper-body injury. Hartman, the 30th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, will bring his hard-edged game to the right wing of the fourth line.

"I was just sitting in bed, chilling, and I got the call," said Hartman, 20, who's originally from the Chicago suburb of West Dundee, Ill. "I didn't have any words. I'm kind of speechless. It's good to be here."

Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 2:27 PM

By Brian Hedger - Correspondent / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- Kris Versteeg is well-practiced returning from injuries, but that doesn't mean he's any less excited to return to the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Wednesday.

Versteeg went through morning skate fine and will play right wing on the third line against the Vancouver Canucks. It will be his first game since New Year’s Day, when he blocked a shot and left the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic with a broken left hand.

"It's unfortunate, for whatever reason, but that's just the way the game goes and you've just got to understand that," Versteeg said. "I'm just excited to get back out and play with the guys again. It's tough watching. I got the pregame jitters in my bed and during my sleep last night, so you don't sleep great, but I'm more excited than anything to get back out there."

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