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 Chicago Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 6:00pmCT. The game will air on Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago.
- Previews: NHL, Chicago Tribune, The Committed Indian, Second City Hockey
- Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks. (@ChrisKuc) Sergei Bobrovsky will backstop the Blue Jackets. (@jrimercbj)
- The Blackhawks are taking on the Los Angeles Kings today. Previews: The Committed Indian, NHL, Chicago Tribune
- Jonathan Toews did not practice yesterday, since he had the flu. However, he’s in today. (Chicago Tribune)
- Corey Crawford is in net for the Blackhawks. (Daily Herald) Not surprisingly, Jonathan Quick will be in net for the Kings. (@DennisTFP)
Brandon Saad is going to be on the Blackhawks opening night! (Chicago Tribune)
Some other dorks broke the roster, too. Namely Brandon Bollig and Andrew Shaw — wow, really? Will the Bollig-Shaw-Daniel Carcillo Shithead line become a reality?
See video of Saad talking to the Chicago Tribune after the jump.
The NHL announced that they have cancelled all regular season games through October 24. That includes five Blackhawks games.
- Saturday, October 13 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
- Tuesday, October 16 @ Winnipeg Jets
- Thursday, October 18 vs. Colorado Avalanche
- Saturday, October 20 vs. Detroit Red Wings
- Tuesday, October 23 @ St. Louis Blues
If you have already bought tickets to any of these games, keep an eye on your email to find out how to get your money back.
The NHL might be locked out, but that doesn’t stop the Blackhawks from getting a skate in.
Most of the team that has already made their way to Chicago — including Jonathan Toews, Jamal Mayers (who worked the whistle), Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Steve Montador, Johnny Oduya, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger, and Sheldon Brookbank — skated in an informal practice today at Johnny’s Ice House West. Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri, Adam Clendening, and Jeremy Morin also joined the group, along with ex-Blackhawks Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, and Troy Brouwer. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Funny thing about this lockout — the Blackhawks can go to Johnny’s Ice House West to practice, can wear their own practice sweaters — but they can’t use their locker room. (@TimSassone)
Whoa, wait! The Blackhawks did something during the offseason!
I mean… it’s not exactly a really great signing.
But it’s something!
Anyway, the Blackhawks signed former Coyote Michal Rozsival to a one-year, $2 million deal today. Here’s the press release from the Blackhawks:
The Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues at 7:30pm CST. This is the final meeting of these two teams in the regular season, thank goodness.
With any form of a win tonight and a Phoenix Coyotes regulation loss to the San Jose Sharks, the Blackhawks have a chance to clinch a playoff spot. They will have to do so without two vital members, Jonathan Toews, missing his 18th straight game and Duncan Keith, who is out for the third straight game serving his five game suspension.
Though Jonathan Toews is once again out tonight, he will soon be cleared for contact. He has skated for 10 straight days, but is out for the weekend. When he will return to game action is still unknown. (Chicago Sun-Times)
Steve Montador returned last game against the New Jersey Devils, but after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head is again out indefinitely. (Chicago Sun-Times) Sami Lepisto skated for the first time since his lower body injury. He hopes to return for the playoffs. (CSN Chicago)
The Blackhawks announced today that Ray Emery is their nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. Emery was also nominated last season with the Anaheim Ducks for his return following hip surgery. (Chicago Sun-Times)