Week 25 brought about three games for the IceHogs. To keep in close contention with the rest of the Western Conference for a playoff spot, the Hogs needed to take at least 4 out of 6 points. Could the boys from RockVegas do it? Find out after the jump.
The IceHogs only had two games on their slate for week 24 and they were back-to-back games north of the border in beautiful British Columbia.
For the second straight weekend, the IceHogs faced a three-games-in-three-nights situation. This time in week 23, they faced the Chicago Wolves twice and the Peoria Rivermen. With these big Midwest Division games, the Hogs needed to take, at the bare minimum, 4 out of the 6 points to be right on the cusp of making it into the playoffs; with 6 out of 6 points, they could be in the top 8.
The IceHogs faced their first 3-games-in-3-nights set since December 7th – 9th. In that set of 3 games, the Hogs went 1-2-0-0 against the Milwaukee Admirals, Chicago Wolves and Grand Rapids Griffins. The playoff-pushing Hogs looked to do better in week 22′s 3-in-3 set as they took on the Oklahoma City Barons and the Wolves.
Don’t look now, folks, but the IceHogs have strung some wins together and are smack-dab in the middle of a legitimate push for the playoffs. *Knocks on wood* Week 21 brought two more gargantuan Midwest Division games to the BMO Harris Bank Center in which the Hogs needed all of the points that they could get.
Week 20 brought three games for the IceHogs. All three were against Midwest Division rivals. In order to catch up in the playoff race, they needed to take all six points at stake–and they did.
- The Chicago Blackhawks take on the San Jose Sharks tonight at 7:30pm at the United Center. The game will air on Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago.
- Previews: NHL, Chicago Tribune, The Committed Indian, Second City Hockey
- Ray Emery will be in net for the Blackhawks. (@TimSassone) Antti Niemi will, of course, backstop the Sharks. That Finnish bastard. (Left Wing Lock)
The fall down the slippery slope continued for the IceHogs in week 17 as they took on some Texas teams. The Hogs set a new franchise record for consecutive losses with their tilts down South. Guess it only makes sense since everything’s bigger in Texas, right? That also makes a win just as big.
The Blackhawks made a move to add some goaltending depth to their roster, trading a seventh-round draft pick in this year’s draft (a pick acquired from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Rob Klinkhammer) for Henrik Karlsson.
Karlsson, who is 29 years old, has played in 26 NHL games, with five wins, nine losses, and eight overtime losses. The Flames had placed him on waivers on January 18 and assigned him to their AHL team, the Abbotsford Heat, earlier today. After the trade, the Blackhawks assigned Karlsson to the Rockford IceHogs.
Carter Hutton is out of the IceHogs lineup, probably waiting for his inevitable suspension for this hot mess. The Toledo Walleye is operating with approximately zero goaltenders as of right now. The goaltending depth chart needs all the help it can get.