Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 4:13 PM
in the Western Conference (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
Captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane returned to a full practice for the first time since injuries knocked them out of the final stretch run in the regular season, but their lines weren't the same.
Toews had Kris Versteeg at left wing and Brandon Saad on his right to form a new top line. Kane shifted to right wing on the third line with left...
Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:05 PM
in Calgary, Maurice has tried to create a winning culture in Winnipeg. Players seem to be buying in.
Given the struggles of Ondrej Pavelec, the Jets could be looking to upgrade in goal this summer. Trading the talented Evander Kane would also be one way to fill some other holes up and down the roster.
When it seemed possible: Jan. 30, one point out of a playoff spot
Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 12:00 PM
Underachiever: Craig Anderson
Runner-up: Nail Yakupov
Standout Rookie: Nathan MacKinnon
Runner-up: Ondrej Palat
Bounceback candidate: Pekka Rinne
Runner-up: Evander Kane
Sleeper for next year: Evgeny Kuznetsov
Runner-up: John Gibson
Matt Sitkoff's Fantasy Award Selections
Fantasy MVP - Sidney Crosby
Runner-up - Ryan Getzlaf
MVP - C - Sidney Crosby
Monday, 04.14.2014 / 5:55 PM
CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had time to heal. Now, they're ready to launch a title defence.
The Chicago Blackhawks have their stars back and their sights set on a second straight Stanley Cup as they head into the playoffs with a first-round matchup against the St. Louis Blues.
"I think once we get a feel for just being in a playoff game again it's going to be exciting," Toews...
Monday, 04.14.2014 / 4:44 PM
CHICAGO -- They were only three words, but seemed to hold more importance when spoken Monday by Jonathan Toews, the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
How does he feel, physically, after sitting out the final six games of the regular season with an upper-body injury?
"Good," Toews said, pausing. "Really good."
Toews and forward Patrick Kane, who missed the final...
Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:38 PM
2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection C...
Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:15 PM
. The Avalanche's hopes ride on Varlamov, as usual, especially with Matt Duchene out for the first round.
Prediction: Avalanche in 6
(2) St. Louis Blues (52-23-7, 111 points) vs. (3) Chicago Blackhawks (46-21-5, 107 points)
Blackhawks forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp vs. Blues defencemen Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo
Toews, along with Patrick Kane, will be seeing his first action...
Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:25 AM
in Chicago's Cup-clinching win in Boston. He also had eight assists for 17 points in 23 games, playing top-line minutes with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on many nights.
His memorable postseason earned Bickell a four-year contract extension worth $16 million. He hasn't been memorable since, but the Blackhawks need him to be now because they know how important a 6-foot-4, 233-pound power forward...
Monday, 04.14.2014 / 2:00 AM
in a playoff game, they will not face those situations again.
The Blackhawks brought nearly everyone back from a team that won the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup, and given the improvements made by Brandon Saad, Nick Leddy and Ben Smith along with the in-season additions of Kris Versteeg and Peter Regin, Chicago might be even better than that when healthy. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were...
Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 10:30 PM
it the same way he has with most players in similar circumstances.
He benched Saad on March 6 for a big game against the St. Louis Blues at United Center, sending an unmistakable message to the player. It didn't matter that top forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were out with injuries.
Saad sat, and the message was received.
"There are elements and there's a process to get to the point where you...