Blackhawks & Chelios: Together Again

Blackhawks & Chelios: Together Again

January 25th, 2021 For nine years, Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios was one of the most beloved players in Chicago Blackhawks history. He fell out of favor with Blackhawks fans shortly after he was traded to the hated Detroit Red Wings, but time has healed those wounds. Chelios was back to the organization as...
Today in Hockey History: Jan. 25

Today in Hockey History: Jan. 25

January 25th, 2021 The numbers 200 and 400 showed up numerous times on this date through National Hockey League history. In addition, there were a handful of events and feats to happen for the first time and some memorable All-Star Game moments. It is time for a daily look back in time at all the big stories from...
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January 17th, 2021
Blackhawks History

Both 500 and 13 were magic numbers on this date in National Hockey League history. Three was a pretty big number too as a slew of Hockey Hall of Famers scored hat tricks on Jan. 17. These are just a few of the memories this date has given us. Let’s take our daily trip through the decades to check them all out. A Pair Hits 500 Two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame joined the 500-goal club on this date, seven years apart. On Jan. 17, 1996, Steve Yzerman became the 22nd player in NHL history to score 500 career goals. His milestone came on a power-play tally during the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. He became the second player in franchise history to score 500 goals for the team, joining the legendary Gordie Howe. Yzerman scored his 500th goal on this date. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Seven years later, on Jan. 17, 2003, Joe Nieuwendyk’s 500th career goal was the difference in the New Jersey Devils’ 2-1 win over the...
January 16th, 2021
Blackhawks Goaltending

After an 0-2 start to the 2020-21 campaign, in which the Chicago Blackhawks' top-two goalie tandem allowed 10 goals collectively, it's time to try something new. In our latest edition of news and rumours, I didn't hesitate to call out Malcolm Subban for a failed first game and declare that it was Collin Delia's chance to take over. At this point, they should waste no time moving on to the next in line. While they don't have many options, at least the Blackhawks have a taxi squad to call upon this season. Why not seek the assistance of one of their most untouchable prospects, and see how much better Kevin Lankinen can fare for the team. Taxi Squads, Explained Unique to this season, every NHL club has a taxi squad of additional support to pull from at any time. These players are a step closer than an AHL call-up, in that they are already with the pro team and can be inserted into the lineup with greater...
January 16th, 2021
Blackhawks History

This hasn’t been the busiest day in National Hockey League history, but it still has its charm. One of the earliest games played for the Stanley Cup provided one of the most-lopsided outcomes we will ever see and an offensive outburst that will never be matched. Eight seems to be the magic number of the day and the 1960s gave us some great memories. Let’s fire up our hockey time machine for our daily look back. The Super 60s Gordie Howe became the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, on Jan. 16, 1960, in the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. His goal and assist gave him 947 career points to put him ahead of Montreal Canadiens’ legend Maurice Richard. He remained the league’s greatest scorer until Wayne Gretzky broke his mark of 1,850 points in 1989. On the same night, Bronco Horvath extended his point-scoring streak to 10 straight games with a goal in the Boston Bruins' 8-2 loss at the Canadiens. Red Kelly scored his 250th career goal, on Jan....
January 15th, 2021
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumors rundown, it sounds like Pierre-Luc Dubois would choose the Montreal Canadiens if he could pick his landing spot in any trade. Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks have placed both Kirby Dach and Jonathan Toews on LTIR. Teams are calling the Florida Panthers about Aleksander Barkov. Why? There's also more news out of Florida regarding Keith Yandle and why he fell so out of favor with the organization. Finally, what are the Edmonton Oilers going to do about their goaltending situation? Canadiens Are Dubois' First Choice As the Dubois trade watch continues, NHL insider Nick Kypreos tweets that the center’s “first destination choice” would be in Montreal with the Canadiens. He adds the ask is now focused around Nick Suzuki and other pieces. Pierre Luc-Dubois, Columbus Blue Jackets, Feb. 22, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Kypreos wasn't able to expand on whether or not the Canadiens were even entertaining the idea of a trade like that, but...
January 15th, 2021
Column

While most hockey fans are overjoyed with the 2020-21 season now underway, Chicago Blackhawks supporters are still searching for positive storylines to follow. Of all the news to come out of Chicago this past offseason, not much of it was good. And that theme holds steady, even as the schedule unfolds. Injured Reserve Roster Moves While we're still not sure what is plaguing captain Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks have officially placed him on their long-term injured reserve list. As if that wasn't enough for the franchise to face, Kirby Dach's broken wrist has him out of the lineup alongside Toews, while Brent Seabrook also remains sidelined. Obviously, none of this is great news for the athletes involved. First and foremost, I wish them well in recovery and hope they're back to full health as soon as possible. The only silver lining, if there is one at all, is that this should permit additional playing...
January 15th, 2021
Free Agents

With the 2020-21 season underway, there's a handful of Chicago Blackhawks' players that will start the season on expiring contracts. Those include Zack Smith, Nikita Zadorov, David Kampf, Mattias Janmark, and Alexander Nylander. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has begun the process of addressing expiring contracts, starting with the extension of head coach Jeremy Colliton which will go through the 2022-23 season. Zack Smith The Blackhawks acquired Smith from the Ottawa Senators for Artem Anisimov in 2019 as he was coming off a career-high season with the Senators. In 70 games with the Senators, Smith scored nine goals, recorded a career-high 19 assists and 28 points, leading the Blackhawks to trade for him.  Zack Smith, Chicago Blackhawks (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) In the shortened 2019-20 season, the 6-foot-2 centre scored four goals, recorded seven assists, and finished with 11 points with Blackhawks in 50 games.  Smith was...
January 15th, 2021
Blackhawks History

The list of players who had big days on Jan. 15 reads like who’s who of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This was a huge date for defensemen as well as some of the greatest to ever play in Chicago. Let’s begin our daily trip back in time through the years of National Hockey League history. Important Date for Trophy Namesakes Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby was born on Jan. 15, 1841, in London England. He was appointed the sixth Governor General of Canada in 1888 and held that position until 1893. His two sons became hockey players and played in amateur leagues in Ottawa. In 1892, he donated the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup as the trophy to be given out to the country’s best amateur team. It became a trophy contested by professional teams exclusively in 1909. It eventually became known as Lord Stanley’s Cup, perhaps the most famous trophy in all of sports. The namesake of the Stanley Cup, being hoisted by Steven Stamkos, was born on this date in 1841. (Photo by...
January 14th, 2021
Tampa Bay Lightning

The 2020-21 NHL season has officially begun, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have started their quest of defending the Stanley Cup. They opened their new campaign against the Chicago Blackhawks, clinching victory dominantly by a final score of 5-1. It was an overall solid effort from all three aspects of Tampa's squad in offense, defense, and goaltending. There are a few takeaways that stood out in this contest as the Lightning begin their title defense in 2021. Special Team Scoring The Lightning was in the top five teams when it came to power-play percentage leaders in the regular season last year. They scored 49 power-play goals out of 211 opportunities, good for 23.2%. Only the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, and Vancouver Canucks had a higher percentage than the Lightning. Tampa wasted no time trying to make it back up to the top of the list in power-play scoring in their first game of 2021. On the first opportunity of the night against Chicago, the...