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Game Notes: Oct. 18 vs. St. Louis Blues

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime on Saturday at the United Center. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad each tallied in the victory. Corey Crawford stopped 37 of 38 shots on goal.

VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES

Chicago holds a 147-114-35-10 mark all-time against St. Louis, including a 58- 72-17-5 record on the road. The Blackhawks went 3-2-0 vs. the Blues a season ago. Artemi Panarin paced the team with seven points (2G, 5A) in five meetings against St. Louis last season. Crawford has a 15-6-5 career mark against St. Louis.

Since his National Hockey League debut in 2007, no skater has tallied more goals (19), assists (32) and points (51) against the Blues than Patrick Kane. The Buffalo native's 14 multi-point outings against St. Louis are tied for the most he has posted against any team (DAL, EDM and NSH). Dating back to last season, Kane has tallied points in three of his last four meetings against the Blues.

LOOKING SHARP

Sharp picked up his second goal of the year on Saturday and shares sixth on the team with four points (2G, 2A) through six games played. The three-time Stanley Cup champion recorded his 600th career NHL point with a goal in the season opener against Pittsburgh. He currently ranks 13th on the Blackhawks all-time goals list (241), 25th in assists (274) and 15th in points (515).

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A letter to our loyal fans: Regarding the proposed tax on concert tickets

by Chicago Blackhawks / chicagoblackhawks.com

To our loyal fans,

We appreciate your continued loyalty to the Chicago Blackhawks, and we want you to know that we do not take your support for granted. We also understand that when you come to a Chicago Blackhawks game, there is a cost associated with it before you even get into the building with respect to parking, transportation and, most notably, Chicago and Cook County amusement taxes. We never lose sight of that, and we do our best to operate with those concerns in mind.

As you may know, the current amusement tax on tickets to sporting events in Chicago, such as Blackhawks games, is at 12% -- already one of the highest in the United States. Meanwhile, the amusement tax for concerts, still high by national standards, is taxed at a lower rate, currently at 6.5%. However, if our politicians get their way, that will all change.

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Blackhawks to broadcast 24 games on Univision Deportes Radio Chicago

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks today announced a 24-game Spanish-language radio broadcast schedule with Univision Chicago, in conjunction with WGN Radio AM-720, which began with the team's season-opening win vs. Pittsburgh on October 5 and will continue on Thursday, October 19, vs. Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. The partnership between the Blackhawks and Univision originated during the 2015-16 season with one game broadcast, grew to 14 games in 2016-17, and will now bring an additional 10 Blackhawks games to Chicago's Spanish-speaking community for a total of 24 during the 2017-18 regular season. Click here for the full Univision schedule.

Games will air on the new Univision Deportes Radio (WRTO AM 1200), which debuted earlier this year, with game action to be called by Univision sports commentators Hector Lozano and Omar Ramos.

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Prospect Roundup: Jokiharju, Highmore continue strong starts

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: D Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 4A

Jokiharju's torrid start to his second Western Hockey League campaign continued last week as the 2017 first-round pick collected five points (1G, 4A) in three outings. He tallied a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime victory against Kelowna on Saturday, with one of the helpers coming on the game-winner; the next night, he added a pair of assists in a 8-2 win over the Rockets. Jokiharju ranks third among WHL defensemen with 13 points (4G, 9A) in the first nine games of the season.

2nd Star: C Matthew Highmore, Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
The Line: 2GP, 2G, 1A

Highmore's professional debut has been commendable, with the free-agent signing picking up points in each of his first three games. Last week he contributed two goals and an assist in two outings, including a two-goal performance on Saturday in a 7-4 win over Iowa. Highmore added an assist on Sunday in a 5-3 loss to Milwaukee and now has three goals and two helpers this season.

3rd Star: D Joni Tuulola, Sport (FIN)
The Line: 3GP, 1G, 1A

Tuulola, the Blackhawks' sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has put together a somewhat surprising start to the season, showing off a more developed offensive side to his game. He picked up a goal and an assist in Sport's 3-2 loss to SaiPa and continues to lead team defensemen with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 15 games this season, which ranks second among league blueliners.

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Game Notes: Oct. 14 vs. Nashville Predators

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks were defeated by the Wild 5-2 Thursday night at the United Center. Chicago's goals were scored by Ryan Hartman and Jonathan Toews. Corey Crawford stopped 29 of 32 shots in his first loss of the season.

VS. PREDATORS

Chicago holds a 55-38-4-8 mark all-time against Nashville, including a 32-18-1-2 record at home. The Blackhawks went 4-1 vs. the Predators last season. Patrick Kane paced the team with nine points (3G, 6A) in five meetings; he leads the Blackhawks with 50 career points (23G, 27A) in 53 career matchups against Nashville. Crawford has a 15-9-1 career mark against the Predators.

HART THROB

Hartman netted his second goal of the season and notched an assist in Thursday's loss; it was his second multi-point effort of the year, and he has recorded a point in three of five games to start the season. As of Oct. 12, Hartman's eight points (2G, 6A) pace the Blackhawks and share the league lead. Last season, Hartman tied for seventh among National Hockey League rookies with 19 goals.

CAPTAIN'S LOG

Toews netted a goal with the man advantage Thursday night to extend his point streak to five games (3G, 3A). The Winnipeg native recorded two separate six-game point streaks last season (Feb. 11-26, March 13-23). Toews also won 10 faceoffs against the Wild. His 54.8 win percentage leads Blackhawks centermen at the faceoff dot this season.

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Chicago Blackhawks hockey rink at Kennedy Park opens to the public

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Blackhawks today celebrated the official opening of the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Rink at Kennedy Park in Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood. The new 80' x 175' rink features a SportCourt surface for both street and roller hockey use, creating accessibility across multiple seasons.

"The Blackhawks organization believes in investing in our community and growing the game of hockey," said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. "This rink at Kennedy Park brings easier access to the sport for surrounding residents, especially local youth who have yet to have the opportunity to play."

"Investments like the Blackhawks Hockey Rink will not only provide a space for people to be active; for some, this will become a gateway to a brighter future," said Mayor Emanuel. "This new rink will contribute to the growth of hockey as a marquee sport in the city, and can help our student athletes increase their chances at obtaining college athletic scholarships."

The rink, located at 11320 S. Western Avenue, will serve as a public park amenity and will be programmed by the Chicago Park District. While the Chicago Blackhawks may hold occasional clinics and camps at the rink, its primary purpose is for residents to use at their own discretion.

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Blackhawks assign Snuggerud

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have assigned defenseman Luc Snuggerud to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Snuggerud was held scoreless in one preseason game with the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks return to action at the United Center tomorrow against the Nashville Predators at 7:30 p.m. That game can be seen on WGN-TV and heard on WGN Radio.

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Game Notes: Oct. 12 vs. Minnesota Wild

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks beat the Canadiens 3-1 Tuesday night at Bell Centre. Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov netted a goal each. Corey Crawford made 41 saves in the victory and improved his career record against Montreal to 8-0-2.

VS. MINNESOTA WILD

Chicago holds a 27-29-1-9 mark all-time against Minnesota, including a 14-14-1- 3 record at home. The Blackhawks went 3-1 vs. the Wild last season. Jonathan Toews paced the team with eight points (4G, 4A) in four meetings against Minnesota last season, including a five-point night on Feb. 21 that tied a career best. he leads the Blackhawks with 37 career points (13G, 24A) in 36 career games against the Wild. Crawford has a 10-8-2 career mark against Minnesota.

SAAD ON TOP

Saad has posted points in each of the first four games of the season (5G, 2A). His five goals and seven points lead Chicago skaters and share second overall in the NHL. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native also paces the Blackhawks with 17 shots on goal.

ONE-TIMERS

  • DeBrincat posted his first career multi-point NHL game. He became the first Blackhawks skater to record a goal before the age of 20 since Nick Leddy (19 years, 358 days) on March 13, 2011. He now has 3 points (1G, 2A) in his rookie season.
  • Cody Franson recorded an assist in his first appearance with Chicago.
  • Richard Panik posted his third helper of the season to extend his point (3G, 3A) streak to four games.
  • He shared the team lead in hits (3) against the Canadiens with John Hayden and Michal Kempny.
  • Jonathan Toews picked up an assist to extend his point streak (2G, 3A) to four games.
  • Brent Seabrook paced the team with four blocked shots. Seabrook and Duncan Keith both logged more than 20:00 of ice time for the fourth straight game.
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Blackhawks Magazine Excerpt: Celebrating 19 and 88

by Bob Verdi / Team Historian

The following is excerpted from the October 2017 issue of Blackhawks Magazine, which celebrates 10 years of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Pick up a copy at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at 312-759-0079.

If you think bobblehead giveaways attract attention, watch the ice when Patrick Kane is present on the right wing. Opponents gather around whether he has the puck or not. He can thread a pass through a keyhole with those magical hands, and can score from anywhere -- even while horizontal, as he did against the Montreal Canadiens last November. Bobby Hull cites Kane as among the best ever at handling the puck while speed-skating.

Jonathan Toews, a center, has performed with numerous linemates, as has Kane. No. 19 is strong of body and mind, always conscious of the risk-reward element endemic to his pedigree, which is based on monitoring the entire rink. Whether that has affected his offensive possibilities is an issue he will not duck. As a baseball manager says on a trip to the mound to counsel a pitcher who wants to strike out every batter, there's a reason you have eight teammates wearing gloves.

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Game notes: Oct. 10 at Montreal Canadiens

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations / chicagoblackhawks.com

LAST GAME

The Blackhawks fell 4-3 in overtime to the Maple Leafs Monday night at the Air Canada Centre. Jan Rutta and Richard Panik each had one goal and one assist. Jonathan Toews added his second goal of the season. The Chicago penalty kill went 5-for-6 (83.3 percent). The season percentage now stands at 80 percent. Anton Forsberg made 39 saves on 43 shots in his Blackhawks debut.

VS. CANADIENS

Chicago holds a 157-299-103-4 mark all-time against Toronto, including a 57-174-48-4 record on the road. The Blackhawks won both games vs. the Canadiens a season ago. Patrick Kane paced the team with four points (2G, 2A) in two meetings against Montreal last season. Kane (5G, 7A) and Toews (7G, 5A) share the most career points against the Canadiens. Crawford has a 7-0-2 career mark against Montreal.

GOING STREAKING

Through the first three games of the season, there are five Blackhawks who have points in each outing: Gustav Forsling (3A), Toews (2G, 2A), Ryan Hartman (1G, 6A), Panik (3G, 2A), Brandon Saad (4G, 2A) and Rutta (2G, 1A). Forsling's three-game streak ties a career high set last season with Chicago.

HAPPY RETURNS

Saad has recorded four points and two assists through three games this season. He recorded an assist Monday night against Toronto for his sixth point of the year. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native now shares the team lead in points with Kane and Hartman. The twotime Stanley Cup champion has reached the 50-point plateau in each of the last three seasons with Columbus and Chicago.

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