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2018 Blackhawks Convention Passes on Sale Jan. 26

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that passes for the 11th annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention, presented by Magellan Corporation, will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. The first of its kind in the National Hockey League, the Blackhawks Convention will be held from July 27-29, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago). Fans interested in attending can purchase individual passes, which are valid for the entire weekend, online at chicagoblackhawks.com or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

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Blackhawks activate Anisimov from injured reserve

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have activated center Artem Anisimov from injured reserve.

A native of Yaroslavl, Russia, Anisimov is tied for fourth on Chicago with 13 goals this season and has added five assists. His six game-winning goals share fourth in the league.

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Game Notes: Jan. 22 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Islanders defeated the Blackhawks 7-3 on Saturday night at the United Center. Patrick Kane tallied two goals and added an assist while Erik Gustafsson added a goal and an assist. Anton Forsberg made 30 saves and Jeff Glass played the final 18:08, stopping nine of 11 shots in relief.

VS. LIGHTNING

Chicago holds a 17-12-5-7 mark all-time against the Lightning, including a 12-6-2-1 record at home. The Blackhawks fell to Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 22 in the first matchup of the season. Kane tallied both goals in the loss and leads the Blackhawks with 20 points (8G, 12A) in 14 career games against the Lightning. Glass has not faced Tampa Bay in his career.

800 FOR 88

Kane recorded his 800th career point with two goals and an assist against the Islanders. He is the fifth player in franchise history and 16th American-born player to accomplish the feat. The two markers also gave him 20 for the year, marking the 11th consecutive season to start his career that he has tallied at least 20 goals. It was the fourth time this season he has notched three or more points in a game. The seven-time All-Star game selection now has 27 points (12G, 15A) against Eastern Conference opponents this season.

GUSTAFSSON

Gustafsson netted his first-career NHL goal in the second period against the Islanders. He also tallied a helper and paced the club with three blocked shots. It was the second time in his career that he has registered a multi-point game. It was his first game of the year with Chicago after being called up from Rockford on Jan. 9. The 25-year-old has 16 points in 42 career NHL games.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Nick Schmaltz picked up an assist against the Islanders. He has 17 points (8G, 9A) over his last 17 games. He also won 12 of his 19 (63 percent) faceoffs. The 12 victories are a career best.
  • Brent Seabrook had an assist in the loss and now has 13 points (2G, 11A) during the 2017-18 campaign.
  • David Kampf won eight of his 14 (57%) draws against New York. He has won at least 50% of his faceoffs in eight of 11 games this year.
  • Jordan Oesterle led Blackhawks players with six shots on goal against the Islanders. He added two hits and two blocked shots. His 24:09 of ice time was second among Chicago skaters and was his 13th consecutive game with at least 20:00 of TOI.
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Blackhawks assign Forsling

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have assigned defenseman Gustav Forsling to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Forsling has recorded 13 points (3G, 10A) in 41 games this season. In 79 career NHL games, he has five goals and 13 assists.

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Game Notes: Jan. 20 vs. New York Islanders

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-0 on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the United Center. After killing of all four of Detroit's power plays, Chicago has now successfully killed 22 of their last 23 dating back to Jan. 3. Jeff Glass stopped 22 shots in the loss and is now 3-2-1 this season.

VS. ISLANDERS

Chicago holds a 49-39-20-2 mark all-time against the Islanders, including a 32-18-5-1 record at home. The Blackhawks went 2-0-0 in two matchups against New York last season. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook both tallied three assists in those two games. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 16 points (7G, 9A) in 12 career games against the Islanders. Anton Forsberg has never faced New York in his career.

KILLIN' IT

Since Jan. 3, Chicago has posted a penalty kill rate of 95.7 percent, second in the league during that time. The Blackhawks have successfully killed 19 straight penalties over a total of seven games. In that stretch of matchups, Duncan Keith leads the team and ranks second in the NHL with 22:51 of shorthanded time on ice. 23-year-old David Kampf paces team forwards in penalty killing time with 14:53 of TOI since the new year.

POWER PLAY PATRICK

Since January 1, 2018, Kane shares sixth in the league with four points (1G, 3A) on the power play. He paces Chicago with 14 points (3G, 11A) on the man advantage this season.

BEASTS IN THE EAST

Against the Eastern Conference this season, the Blackhawks hold a 12-6-2 record, including a 7-4-0 record against teams from the Metropolitan Division. Kane has recorded 24 points (10G, 14A) in 20 games against Eastern Conference foes, while Jonathan Toews has tallied 20 points (10G, 10A) in as many games.

ONE-TIMERS

  • Jan Rutta blocked a season-high five shots in 20:26 of TOI against the Red Wings.
  • Tommy Wingels paced the club with three hits in the loss. He is second on the Blackhawks with 110 hits during the 2017-18 campaign.
  • Keith led all skaters with 24:48 TOI. He also blocked three shots and logged two hits vs. Detroit.
  • Ryan Hartman shared the team lead with four shots on goal.
  • Kampf won seven of his 12 (58 percent) faceoffs. He has won at least 50% of his faceoffs in seven of his first 10 games in the NHL.
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Blackhawks Magazine Excerpt: Thinking Big

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

The following is excerpted from the January 2018 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, which focuses on Alex DeBrincat's transition to the NHL. Pick up a copy at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

In late November, you registered a hat trick-or 'Cat Trick'-and were the second-youngest Blackhawk ever to do so, just four days older than Jeremy Roenick.
That was one of those nights where the puck was just kind of ending up on my stick. Schmaltzy (Nick Schmaltz) made a great pass to me on the first one. We had a good cycle going on the second, and I had a wide-open net after Hartzy (Ryan Hartman) made a play. Third one, Kaner passed to me on a 2-on-1. You knew he would. Got to credit the guys I was playing with. One of those nights. I didn't think it would happen so quickly.

You appear to be confident, but not cocky. Are you at all surprised that you've made it to the NHL?
You never have it made. You can't get too comfortable. I went into training camp with the mindset that anything could happen. My goal obviously was to make the Blackhawks, but I was ready to go to their minor-league team in Rockford if I needed to. Honestly, I was kind of planning in the back of my mind to be in Rockford this year. But I showed up at camp ready to give it my best effort and work hard every day. I didn't want to get my hopes too high, because there are guys who could be up here instead of me.

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Tickets for 2018 Illinois High School Hockey Championships on sale Monday

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

In conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2018 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, at the United Center on Saturday, March 24. Tickets for the event, which features three contests, will go on sale on Monday, January 29, at 10 a.m. The 2018 Illinois High School Hockey Championships will feature a set of Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman Bobblehead Magnet giveaway to the first 10,000 fans, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers.

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Verdict: Offensively-minded Oesterle's time has come

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

Jordan Oesterle, an outsider early this season, now was simply outnumbered. Three Winnipeg Jets stormed into Blackhawks territory last Friday night at the United Center, intent on tying a tight game.

Oesterle, the lone defender between them and goalie Jeff Glass, retreated carefully, staking out the middle as Kyle Connor cradled the puck on the right.

"He's a left shot, on his offside, so I tried to bait him into passing it across (to Dustin Byfuglien)," recalled Oesterle. "I wasn't too concerned about the trailing guy (Josh Morrissey). I just tried to stay patient. If I commit too soon to Connor, he'll just pass it. As we got down low, with less space available, I slid toward him with my stick extended in front of me, basically covering maybe a 12-foot area, including my body."

Deftly, Oesterle whisked the puck out of danger, stifling the rush. Moments later, Jan Rutta scored what would be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.

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Chicago Blackhawks Foundation to host Keith Relief Charity Concert

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation announced today that defenseman Duncan Keith will hold his annual charity concert benefitting Keith Relief on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, from 7:00-10:30 p.m. at Joe's Bar on Weed Street (940 W. Weed St., Chicago), featuring country music duo LOCASH. All proceeds will benefit Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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Prospect Roundup: Delia strong in net, Sikura extends point streak

by Nick Merlina / chicagoblackhawks.com

Every week, 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: G Collin Delia, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 2 GP, 2 W, 56 SVS
Delia found his groove in his last two starts for the IceHogs after being called up from Indy. The netminder picked up his third win with Rockford against Ontario, registering 33 saves. Two nights later he earned his fourth win with 23 saves against San Jose. He now holds a 4-4-0 record with a 3.15 GAA and a .876 SV% as a part of the AHL squad.

2nd Star: LW Dylan Sikura, Northeastern, NCAA
The Line: 2 GP, 2G, 2A
Sikura didn't slow down this past week in two tilts with Maine. In the first matchup the winger notched a mutli-point performance (1G, 2A) in a 5-3 victory. He followed it up with another goal the next night as Northeastern won by the same score. He now is on a four-game point streak dating back to Jan. 5 and has been nominated for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award.

3rd Star: LW Andreas Martinsen, Rockford (AHL)
The Line: 3 GP, 3A
Martinsen was a major reason the IceHogs picked up two wins in their past three tilts. The Rockford winger tied his longest point streak this season over the last three games, registering a helper in each. With his recent production, he now sits at double-digit assists on the year (10).

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