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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Senators 9/21

The Chicago Blackhawks continue their 2018 preseason against the Senators in Ottawa

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TIME: 6:30 p.m. CT


The Blackhawks are 0-2-0 through two games this preseason, following a 4-1 loss in Columbus on Tuesday night and a 4-2 loss in Detroit last night.

In Detroit, Patrick Kane and MacKenzie Entwistle were the goal-scorers for the Blackhawks.

The Senators are also 0-2-0 following back-to-back 4-1 losses to the Maple Leafs in Toronto and in Ottawa.

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Listen live as the Blackhawks play the Detroit Red Wings in preseason action

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Listen live as the Blackhawks take on the Red Wings in Detroit for their second preseason game of 2018.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Red Wings 9/20

The Chicago Blackhawks continue their 2018 preseason against the Red Wings in Detroit

by Chris Wescott /

TIME: 6:30 p.m. CT


The Blackhawks are expected to ice a few more NHL-experienced players tonight than they did in their first preseason game on Tuesday.

Chicago is 0-1-0 in preseason action following that trip to Columbus in which Alexandre Fortin was their lone goal scorer in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. 2017 first-round pick Henri Jokiharju led the team in ice time with more than 23 minutes and was "excellent" according to his head coach. Cam Ward stopped 13 of 15 shots he faced in his debut.

The Red Wings won their first preseason game by a score of 3-2 in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.

Trevor Hamilton and Jussi Jokinen were the goal-scorers for Detroit in regulation, while Michael Rasmussen buried the winner in OT.

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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Blue Jackets 9/18

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

by Chris Wescott /

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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Blackhawks hope early chemistry continues on Saturday against Columbus

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

Two days after dispatching the incumbent Stanley Cup winners in a historic 10-1 win, the Blackhawks will try to keep their (very) early momentum rolling when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Last season Columbus finished third in a stacked Metropolitan Division with 108 points, one of four clubs along with Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington to reach 50 wins. A first-round exit at the hands of the eventual champions didn't dim the outlook for a team that features plenty of young talent and is anchored by a two-time Vezina Trophy winner in Sergei Bobrovsky.

Columbus opened their season on Friday night with a big win of their own, blanking the New York Islanders 5-0. Pittsburgh's team performance suffered on Thursday on the second night of a back-to-back, and the Blue Jackets will need to play with more structure and better execution to avoid a similar fate. Backup netminder Joonas Korpisalo is likely to see action after Bobrovsky made 29 saves on Friday, although the starter has not been confirmed yet.

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Buzz: No more margin for error for Blackhawks in Game 4

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

How does a team like the Blackhawks respond when their margin of error has shrunk down to nothing, when plans A, B and C have been swallowed up in a 3-0 series deficit to a Nashville team that not only has all the answers but has shown its work?

Game 4, which takes place Thursday evening inside a hostile Bridgestone Arena that will again be aggressively daubed with canary yellow, will provide an answer that could have long-term impact whether the Blackhawks win or lose.

Win, and the team goes back to Chicago with an opportunity to make things right with the home crowd, which was last seen expressing their displeasure throughout the last half of Game 2.

Lose, and the team goes back to Chicago to face another long summer.

"The pressure is on them" seems to be the prevailing attitude in the Blackhawks' locker room, but that's not to say there isn't also an enormous amount of pressure on the Western Conference's top seed entering a do-or-die Game 4.

If Wednesday's practice was any indication, Head Coach Joel Quenneville will most likely run the same forward groupings on Thursday, although he may make a change on the back end after Michal Kempny took veteran Johnny Oduya's spot in practice on Wednesday. If Kempny does make the lineup for Game 4, it would mark the 26-year-old's Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, one that comes with a heavy load given what's at stake.

Video: Coach Q on possibility of Kempny playing in Game 4

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Buzz: Blackhawks focus on creating traffic in Game 2

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

While the Blackhawks didn't get the start to the postseason that they wanted, the team has already turned their focus squarely to Game 2 on Saturday, when they'll try to even the score against the Predators. Thursday's series opener was a mixed bag, as Chicago got off to a fast start only to stall out in the middle of the first period after Nashville earned a power play and rode that momentum to an early -- and only -- goal by Viktor Arvidsson.

The Blackhawks didn't respond until the start of the second period, but for the last 40 minutes of the game they set up camp in Nashville's zone, outshooting the Preds 23-9. The visitors were "happy to check" for the rest of the game, according to Head Coach Joel Quenneville, and ultimately Pekka Rinne and the defense in front of him absorbed the pressure and held on for an important 1-0 win.

Quenneville will make changes to his forward lines for Game 2, specifically on the top unit and bottom six. His in-game adjustments on Thursday including double-shifting Patrick Kane whenever possible and subbing in Tanner Kero on the top line, where he added some energy and physicality, ending the night with three shots on goal and six hits, second only to Richard Panik's seven.

During Friday's skate, Ryan Hartman and John Hayden took turns skating with Jonathan Toews and Panik, and Nick Schmaltz moved down to the third line with Marcus Kruger and presumably Marian Hossa, who did not participate in practice. Meanwhile Dennis Rasmussen (who was scratched for Game 1) skated with Kero and Jordin Tootoo on the fourth line, although it's most likely that Hayden or Hartman would take one of the slots at wing on Saturday.

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Buzz: Anisimov's return gives Chicago edge on depth

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

In recent years, a date with Nashville in the first round of the playoffs has been a harbinger of Stanley Cup glory. In 2010, an unforgettable Game 5 ending at United Center helped set the stage for a young Chicago team to break a 49-year title drought. And in 2015, Scott Darling's heroics in net steadied the ship when the Blackhawks ran into problems against the speedy Preds. Both series went six games, with plenty of back-and-forth action.

Will the third postseason meeting between these teams follow the established pattern? It won't be easy for Chicago. The Predators have revamped their style considerably over the last two seasons, growing more confident in a puck-possession playing style with the additions of top-line center Ryan Johansen and defenseman P.K. Subban. The added offensive depth and mobility means Nashville now stacks up quite well against Chicago, despite a lopsided regular-season series in which the Blackhawks won four of five matchups.

Additionally, the Preds have put together one of the strongest runs in the NHL down the stretch, going 14-7-4 in their final 25 tilts and making what seemed to be a full recovery from a first half that was marred by injuries to key players and inconsistency in special teams. But the Blackhawks also experienced a second-half surge of their own when they strung together two point streaks of seven to overtake Minnesota for top seed in the west. Now they're in prime position, guaranteed home-ice advantage through the conference finals if they advance to that stage, and hoping for a long postseason run that will lead to the organization's fourth Stanley Cup in eight years.

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Blackhawks take on inconsistent Bruins on Friday

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

The Blackhawks will close out their annual Father-Son Road Trip in Boston on Friday, where the team will face the Bruins for the first time this season before returning home for a three-game homestand. Chicago is coming off a back-and-forth affair in Denver, a 6-4 win that featured a third-period comeback surge and some outstanding performances by the team's rookies.

Head Coach Joel Quenneville's new-look third line paid off dividends, as Vinnie Hinostroza, Tanner Kero and Marian Hossa combined for 4 of the Blackhawks' 6 goals, two each by the younger duo. Hinostroza recorded both the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period on Tuesday with his fifth and sixth tallies of the season, and logged a game-high five shots on goal. Kero also scored twice, including an empty-netter to put the game out of reach, and added a helper to establish a career best. He now has five points over his last five games. Hossa, the veteran presence on that line, contributed three helpers to reach 600 for his career, becoming one of seven active skaters to hit the mark; he ranks sixth among them.

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Blackhawks face road test against Ovechkin, Capitals

by Emerald Gao / Digital Content Coordinator

After completing a four-game homestand sweep, the Blackhawks will try to take their winning ways on the road, with three of their next four contests away from the United Center. Their first test will be against the surging Washington Capitals, who have won seven consecutive outings, including a confident 5-2 result over division rival Pittsburgh on Wednesday to lift the team into second place in the Metropolitan, one point behind Columbus. With Washington and Chicago tied for second in the overall league rankings (the Capitals do have three games in hand), Friday's tilt should be a high-paced battle between heavyweights from opposing conferences.

The Blackhawks were last in action on Tuesday, when they outlasted the Detroit Red Wings in an end-to-end battle that ended 4-3 in overtime, in which every single skater logged at least one shot on goal. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time this has happened in a regular-season game since March 1997. The 43-36 shot count wasn't exactly flattering to the Blackhawks defense, and they'll need to tighten up against a Washington roster that boasts plenty of goal-scoring potential.

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