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Second-period woes are first on Blackhawks' list of fixes

The Blackhawks played some of their best hockey of the season over their last two games, handily defeating the Jets and Wild by a combined 9-2. They did so in part because they fixed a glaring problem that had plagued them for most of the year: playing poorly in the second period. “It’s not just...

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    Jan Rutta, Cody Franson back practicing for Blackhawks

    Being injured in the NHL can create conflicting emotions. On one hand, you want your team to perform well and win in your absence. On the other, you want to have your job back when you’re healthy, and that becomes less likely if the people replacing you are playing well. That’s the predicament...

  • Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Oesterle's rule: 'Don't want to come out'

    Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Oesterle's rule: 'Don't want to come out'

    Jordan Oesterle always has preferred sweaters over suits and ties. But the Blackhawks defenseman has had little control over his wardrobe options this season. For the first seven games Oesterle’s look was more businessman, less hockey player because he was a healthy scratch. They were scratches...

  • Ready to believe in the Blackhawks?

    Ready to believe in the Blackhawks?

    Ripley’s Believe It Or Snark: You’re not going to believe this, but after the Hawks needed overtime to beat two bad teams at home in the last week, they went on the road to face a playoff team and waxed the Jets with a win in regulation. Heck, they waxed the Jets with a win in a three-goal first...

  • Connor Murphy's versatility helping Blackhawks get through injuries on blue line

    Connor Murphy's versatility helping Blackhawks get through injuries on blue line

    Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy has become used to life on the left side over the last month. With the team having a surplus of right-handed defensemen thanks to the emergence of Jan Rutta and Cody Franson, Murphy was the odd-man out and ended up switching to the left beside Brent Seabrook....

  • Sunday's matchup: Wild at Blackhawks

    Sunday's matchup: Wild at Blackhawks

    TV/radio: 6 p.m. Sunday, NBCSCH, WGN-AM 720. Storylines: The teams have split two meetings this season, with the Hawks falling 5-2 on Oct. 12 at home and winning 2-0 on Nov. 4 on the road. The Hawks will likely be without injured defensemen Cody Franson and Jan Rutta. Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk...

  • Friday's matchup: Sabres at Blackhawks

    Friday's matchup: Sabres at Blackhawks

    TV/radio: 7:30 p.m. Friday; NBCSCH+, WGN-AM 720. Storylines: The reeling Hawks are getting a break from the schedule as the Sabres come into town. The Sabres have the fewest points in the league with 18. Trending: The Hawks’ power play is 1 for its last 21 and now stands at 15.5 percent, 29th in...

  • Blackhawks lose 5th straight and remain out of the playoff picture

    Blackhawks lose 5th straight and remain out of the playoff picture

    At what point does the urgency come? When does the skill of the top players who have won three Stanley Cups begin to emerge, allowing the Hawks to shed this current, middling version of themselves and become the contenders they have been the last decade? There are always some who are concerned...

  • Blackhawks' favorite road destinations

    Blackhawks' favorite road destinations

    Not all road trips in sports are created equal. There are certain trips during the season that players (and traveling beat writers) look forward to more than others. Here some of the Hawks’ favorite road destinations. Lance Bouma: Vancouver “I always like going back to Vancouver just because I...

  • Corey Crawford on track for Sunday return for Blackhawks

    Corey Crawford on track for Sunday return for Blackhawks

    When coach Joel Quenneville said Corey Crawford would miss at least three games because of a lower-body injury, he said the Hawks would keep monitoring Crawford’s recovery to have a more definitive idea when he would return. The hope is that Crawford could be back for Friday night’s game against...

  • Alex Ovechkin believes Russians should still participate in the Olympics

    Alex Ovechkin believes Russians should still participate in the Olympics

    Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin said he would support Russian athletes participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, even though the Russian flag and anthem will be absent. The International Olympic Committee decided to ban the Russian federation as punishment for widespread...

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