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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets 9/18

The Chicago Blackhawks open their 2018 preseason against the Blue Jackets in Columbus

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TIME: 6 p.m. CT


The Blackhawks look to learn more about some of their young players when they play the Blue Jackets in Columbus tonight, opening their preseason schedule. The game will be played at 6 p.m. CT at Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets are 0-1-0 in preseason play after a 4-1 loss to Buffalo last night. David Savard was the lone goal scorer for Columbus. Brad Thiessen and Matiss Kivlenieks split time in goal with the former making nine saves on 13 shots and the latter stopping all seven shots he faced.

Columbus outshot the Sabres 37-20, but went 0-for-5 on the power play.

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BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/17

Updates, news, notes, video coverage and more from the Blackhawks scrimmage at Training Camp on Monday

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The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Monday morning, participating in a Red and White scrimmage at MB Ice Arena.

The Red Team struck first in the opening frame when Tyler Sikura buried a backhand shot, assisted by Shaw Boomhower.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Jan Rutta's broken stick leads to a 2-on-1. Shaw Boomhower dishes to Tyler Sikura, who roofs a backhander past Anton Forsberg. #Blackhawks

Adam Boqvist recorded an assist on this shot that Philipp Kurashev got a piece of behind the goalie.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: The shot from Adam Boqvist trickles past Matt Tomkins and Philipp Kurashev chips it past the goal line. #Blackhawks

In the end, Team Red won 3-2.

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FEATURE: Ejdsell's path to Blackhawks is through more anticipation

The Blackhawks know the physical tools are there with Victor Ejdsell and they hope to see him play with more pace this season

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Victor Ejdsell had a good offseason as he readied himself for this Training Camp battle.

The forward looked very good at times throughout the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich. Members of the Blackhawks Hockey Operations department were glowing over his "elite skill."

Video: Joel Quenneville discusses the power play

He had a two-goal game at that tournament and was showing off his dangerous shot on a regular basis.

Way back in February, the Blackhawks were ecstatic to get Ejdsell as a piece in the Ryan Hartman trade with Nashville. He debuted for the Blackhawks a month later.

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THREE THINGS: Monday's camp scrimmage

Read three takeaways from the Blackhawks camp scrimmage on Monday at MB Ice Arena

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 Team Red beat Team White 3-2 in Monday's camp scrimmage. Here's what you should know.

Tyler Sikura took a feed from Shaw Boomhower and deftly buried a backhander to make it 1-0 for Team Red early in the scrimmage.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: A broken stick sends @SBoomhower98 and @Sikkypedia off to the races!#Blackhawks

A fair amount of the big names and NHL regulars took to the other sheet of ice after the second period, giving some young guys a chance to show even more in the third.

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BLOG: Training Camp updates 9/16

Updates, news, notes, video and more from Sunday at MB Ice Arena

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The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the ice Sunday morning for Training Camp at MB Ice Arena.

Corey Crawford skated with Goaltending Coach Jimmy Waite before the morning session, as he did on Friday. Defenseman Brent Seabrook (abdominal) skated ahead of the second session and then joined the team for practice.

Tweet from @BHTVeric: Brent Seabrook is on the ice with the #Blackhawks for practice.


Video: Ryan Stewart recaps the TCF scrimmage


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BLOG: Seabrook felt "pretty good" in first day back

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On the first day of Training Camp, it was announced that Blackhawks veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook would miss approximately one week with an abdominal injury. On Sunday, the third day of camp, Seabrook was back on the ice. He came out early to test things and then participated in the afternoon practice with his teammates.

"I think that was the plan we set out on the first day and it really went well," Seabrook said. "It was something that started bugging me about three weeks ago, but it was getting better progressively. When it got tested by the doctor, he thought it was something else so it was panic there for a couple of hours and then we sort of went with it and did our thing and tried to calm it down as best we could. Today felt pretty good."

Video: Seabrook returns from injury

Seabrook is happy the injury won't keep him out for a prolonged time, especially after the hard work he put in this offseason.

"To be honest, when doc gave me the news I freaked out," he said. "Obviously, I put a lot of effort into the summer, trying to get my body where it needs to be to have a good season and have a good camp. I think that's where it's going to start for us here this season, is right now and during camp. I was pretty disappointed I wasn't able to partake in the first day and the first couple of days on the ice. It was nice to be out there today, that's for sure."

The Blackhawks are very hopeful that Seabrook's summer translates to a big year from the veteran blueliner.

"He had a good summer," said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought he did a real good job of training and pushing it to the next level. I think when we're looking at his fitness levels, and he wasn't able to test that day, but we know that he's way better than he's ever been. That commitment shows he's doing everything he can to enhance his game and enhance our team game."

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FEATURE: Blackhawks see potential in young goalies

Chicago is pleased with the talent and potential of the young goaltenders they have in their system and at Training Camp

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Most of the storylines at Training Camp pertaining to the Blackhawks goaltending situation involve the ongoing recovery of Corey Crawford - and rightfully so. However, including Crawford, the club has seven goalies at camp, and most of them are young prospects.

If you ask the team, the future looks bright between the pipes with the majority of that group showing their potential already.

Video: Ryan Stewart recaps the TCF scrimmage

"There's a lot of talent - and young talent - in net," said Blackhawks Vice President of Hockey Operations/Team Affiliates Mark Bernard. "It's going to be a dogfight for them to secure positions."

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BLOG: Training Camp Festival coverage

View updates, news, notes, written and video coverage from the 2018 Training Camp Festival at the United Center

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The Chicago Blackhawks held their annual Training Camp Festival at the United Center today. Team Red beat Team White 6-4. Check out below for full coverage plus links to the highlights.

Video: Training Camp Festival sights and sounds

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THREE THINGS: Training Camp Scrimmage recap

Team Red downed Team White 6-4 during the annual Training Camp Festival Scrimmage at the United Center

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There were plenty of goals late as Team Red eventually overpowered Team White 6-4 at the Blackhawks annual Training Camp Scrimmage.

Red struck first at 10:50 of the opening frame. Goaltender Anton Forsberg tried to play a loose puck behind the net, but Matthew Highmore beat him to it, throwing a pass out in front to the slot. Jordan Schroeder fired the puck into a wide-open net for the 1-0 tally.

Video: Training Camp Festival sights and sounds

Forsberg rebounded moments later when he flashed the glove to stop Alex DeBrincat's attempt from the slot.

Video: Schroeder fires into open net

Patrick Kane tied the game for Team White with a fantastic solo effort at 16:19 of the opening frame. The star forward ripped around the offensive zone before picking the far top corner with a steep-angle shot.

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BLOG: Chelios honors Mikita

Blackhawks Ambassador Chris Chelios honored the late Stan Mikita at Wrigley Field

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Blackhawks Ambassador Chris Chelios honored the late Stan Mikita during the seventh-inning stretch last night at Wrigley Field.

Chelios hung Mikita's Blackhawks jersey from the broadcast booth as he sang "Take me out to the ballgame."

Tweet from @NBCSBlackhawks: Chris Chelios paid tribute to the great Stan Mikita while singing the stretch at Wrigley tonight.

Tweet from @paulamarieosk: Not only did Chelios honor Stan Mikita tonight, he also brought along the hanger to hang the jersey from the booth. #Blackhawks #Cubs

Mikita played his entire 22-year career in Chicago and led the team to their 1961 Stanley Cup win. He is the franchise leader in points and games played. He died on August 7 at the age of 78.


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