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Prospect Report: DeBrincat surges past 50 points

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

On Mondays, chicagoblackhawks.com will highlight players who stood out for their minor-league, junior, college or European teams in the previous week's action. All prospect/system stats will be updated weekly throughout the season.

1st Star: RW Alex DeBrincat, Erie Otters (OHL)
The Line: 4GP, 5G, 5A

DeBrincat reached another level for Erie last week in the Ontario Hockey League, picking up points in all four games with the Otters. The 2016 second-round pick posted a five-point game in a 9-2 win over Mississauga on Tuesday, notched assists in the next two games and collected three more points (2G, 1A) in a 6-1 win at Owen Sound on Sunday. DeBrincat now has a seven-game point streak and is averaging a career-best 2.15 points per game this season with 56 in 26 outings.

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Blackhawks Magazine Excerpt: Between Old Friends

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

The following is excerpted from the December 2016 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, previewing the Winter Classic matchup between Chicago and St. Louis. Pick up a copy at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

Last spring's triumph was a huge salve for the Blues, who were ousted by the defending champion Blackhawks in 2014 in the first round. St. Louis had thought that might be its time to win an elusive Cup, and the Blues won the first two sudden-death thrillers. Moreover, Brent Seabrook was suspended for three games-a serious playoff penance. But the Blackhawks then won four straight, and the Blues were devastated. Following that comeuppance, St. Louis Head Coach Ken Hitchcock hailed the "resolve" and "character" of the Blackhawks.

When they visited the Blues back in November and won a taut 2-1 overtime contest for a seventh straight victory, Hitchcock was asked how the Blackhawks could start the 2016-17 season so briskly with six rookies on the roster. He responded: "Big dogs bite."

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Blackhawks recall Johansson, assign Schmaltz

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Lars Johansson from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and assigned forward Nick Schmaltz to Rockford.

Johansson, 29, has registered a 6-7-1 record in 16 games with one shutout, a 2.63 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. The Avesta, Sweden, native made his AHL debut on Oct. 14 at Cleveland; he registered his first AHL win on Oct. 21 at Grand Rapids. Johansson spent the previous three seasons with Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League, posting a 56-27-0 record with 11 shutouts in 93 games. During the 2015-16 season, he recorded a league-leading 1.74 GAA alongside a save percentage of .927 while going 27-6-0. Johansson picked up league honors for Goalie of the Year last season as Frolunda captured the league championship. In 10 playoff games last season, Johansson recorded a 1.27 GAA with a save percentage of .934. Johansson also played professionally in Sweden's Allsvenskan league with Mora IK (2008-11) and VIK Vasteras HK (2011-13).

Schmaltz, 20, has collected four points (1G, 3A) in 26 games with the Blackhawks this season. Schmaltz made his National Hockey League debut on Oct. 12 vs. St. Louis and notched his first career NHL goal three games later against Nashville on Oct. 15. The Verona, Wis., native was selected by the Blackhawks in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Blackhawks statement on Corey Crawford

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement on goaltender Corey Crawford.

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey underwent a successful appendectomy today in Philadelphia. We anticipate a full recovery and for Corey to return to unrestricted hockey activities in 2-3 weeks."

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Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement on goaltender Corey Crawford.

Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry: "Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery."

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TVR set to return for the Blackhawks in Philadelphia

by Emerald Gao / chicagoblackhawks.com

Saturday's tilt in Philadelphia will be a quick trip, a matinee matchup that leads right into a four-game homestand beginning Sunday. The two teams met earlier his season on Oct. 18, a wild back-and-forth affair that ended 7-4 for Chicago. The line of Artem Anisimov (2G, 2A), Patrick Kane (1G, 3A) and Artemi Panarin (2G, 1A) were the big contributors that night.

Jonathan Toews will miss his fifth consecutive game with a reported back injury on Saturday. The team is being cautious with their captain, although he did skate on Friday before the team flew out. Toews was also placed on IR retroactively to make room for defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who has been cleared to return to the lineup tomorrow.

The Flyers have put together a three-game win streak, although they find themselves just at the edge of the Wild Card picture in the Eastern Conference with a 12-10-3 record overall, with only 9 regulation or overtime wins (which would factor into a tiebreak situation). Philadelphia was last in action on Tuesday, notching a 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa after recovering from a 2-0 deficit. The Blackhawks needed extra time to secure a 4-3 victory against New Jersey on Thursday, making it a run of three games that have required overtime.

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Blackhawks activate van Riemsdyk, place Toews on IR

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have activated defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from injured reserve and placed forward Jonathan Toews on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 24.

Van Riemsdyk has appeared in two games for the Blackhawks this season. His last appearance came on Oct. 21 at Columbus and was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 5. Toews has scored four goals and tallied eight assists in 21 games played this year.

The Blackhawks travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Saturday at noon CT. The game can be seen on WGN-TV and heard on WGN Radio AM-720.

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Tickets for 2017 NCAA Frozen Four on sale Thursday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

In conjunction with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the University of Notre Dame and Chicago Sports Commission, the United Center and Chicago Blackhawks announced today that tickets for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship, also known as the Men's Frozen Four, will go on sale Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. CT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets on NCAA.com/FrozenFour or by visiting the United Center box office.

This marks the first time the Frozen Four has been held at the United Center. The tournament will take place April 6 & 8, 2017. The Frozen Four is the culmination of the NCAA's 16-team tournament to determine the collegiate national champion. The tournament, which began in 1948, has branded its semi-final and final games as the Frozen Four since 1999. The single-elimination tournament was expanded to its current 16-team format in 2003.

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Blackhawks Charities to sell player holiday cards

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

Chicago Blackhawks Charities will sell limited-edition holiday cards based on paintings designed by members of the 2016-17 team. There are 10 total card designs created by forwards Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Marcus Kruger, Artemi Panarin, Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews, defensemen Brian Campbell and Niklas Hjalmarsson, and goaltenders Corey Crawford and Scott Darling. Cards will be sold in packs of 10 and can be purchased at Blackhawks Stores located at the United Center, on Michigan Avenue and in Oakbrook starting today. Proceeds will benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities. Additionally, 200 autographed cards have been placed randomly within the holiday card packages. Fans who find a signed card are encouraged to share a photo on social media using #BlackhawksBrushstrokes.

The original acrylic paintings will be auctioned off on chicagoblackhawks.com starting at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday, Dec. 4, through Monday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. CT. Proceeds will also benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities.

Video: Blackhawks players create holiday paintings

Chicago Blackhawks Charities focuses on health and wellness, education and housing, striving to serve local citizens and impact the lives of youth and their families in and around the city of Chicago. Since its inception in October 1993, Chicago Blackhawks Charities has granted over $16 million to local nonprofit organizations that fit within our mission.

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Blackhawks open December schedule against New Jersey

by Emerald Gao / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Blackhawks open a packed December schedule with their second and final meeting with New Jersey this season. Chicago prevailed 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 28 for their first road victory of the year to kick off a seven-game win streak. Artemi Panarin and Marian Hossa scored in regulation, while Artem Anisimov provided the game-winner in extra time.

New Jersey dropped a 3-2 decision on Tuesday in Winnipeg, getting goals from rookies Miles Wood and Nick Lappin, and have been victorious in just one of their last seven outings; their last regulation win came on Nov. 12.

Taylor Hall, New Jersey's prize acquisition last offseason, re-joined the team earlier this week, taking the ice for the first time since undergoing knee surgery two weeks ago. He traveled with the team, which means he could return either Thursday or Saturday in Nashville-something the Blackhawks are keeping a close eye on.

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