Oilers Overcome by Blackhawks Veterans in Series Loss

Oilers Overcome by Blackhawks Veterans in Series Loss

August 8th, 2020 The Chicago Blackhawks proved the old adage once again that anything can and often does happen during the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. They eliminated the high-octane better-ranked Edmonton Oilers in four games. The Blackhawks also proved that the veteran presence of recent...
Stan Mikita: A True Chicago Legend

Stan Mikita: A True Chicago Legend

August 8th, 2020 On August 7, 2018, the hockey world lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the city of Chicago lost one of its biggest sports legends. Stan Mikita passed away at age 78. His legacy will be remembered by Chicago Blackhawks fans for generations to come. Stan Mikita Belongs on the Mount Rushmore...

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August 2nd, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

In today's NHL rumor rundown, night one of the NHL's qualifying round included some great hockey action, but it wasn't a wonderful night for the Winnipeg Jets who lost two key players. In Boston, the Bruins have a player returning, but will he see game action? Questions about the New York Rangers' netminder Igor Shesterkin were partially answered, and the Detroit Red Wings will need to make a decision on Frans Nielsen. Finally, what is going on with Jake Virtanen in Vancouver and will Drake Caggiula be suspended? Jets Lose Scheifele and Laine In what some are calling a dirty hit and others calling a hit that wasn't malicious, Matthew Tkachuk's right skate appeared to take out or at least turn Mark Scheifele's left foot to the point of an injury on Saturday during the Calgary Flames versus Winnipeg Jets game. Scheifele went into the boards awkwardly, stayed down in pain, and didn't put weight on his left foot on his way off the ice. He did not return. While the hockey world...
August 1st, 2020
Column

Hello Chicago Blackhawks fans! After almost five long months, hockey is back. Most never thought it would happen, but the NHL is set to start their playoff tournament on Aug. 1. The Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers will face off in a best-of-five series, and we here at The Hockey Writers can’t wait to cover live hockey again. Without further ado, Brooke LoFurno, Greg Boysen & Gail Kauchak give their predictions on this matchup. Related - Blackhawks' News & Rumors: Kubalik, Crawford, Game Recaps & More The Blackhawks boast some dynamic offensive lines. One is led by two-way center Jonathan Toews, with Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad currently on each wing. Another is led by the finesse right-winger Patrick Kane, centered by Dylan Strome and complemented on the left wing by Alex Nylander. And don’t forget Alex DeBrincat and rookie Kirby Dach on the third line, with the gritty Drake Caggiula to round out this trio. That being said, who do you predict as the highest...
July 31st, 2020
Column

In the latest edition of Chicago Blackhawks' News & Rumors, this piece is the most exciting because it is the last one that will be done before the Blackhawks' season officially resumes on Aug. 1. Chicago had an exhibition game on July 29 and the result came as a pleasant surprise. Here is the latest with game recaps and new stories to come from the team. Game Recap The exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues was a fun one. When you are a team that wouldn't have made the playoffs in the regular sense, and go against a team that is the defending Stanley Cup champions, it doesn't usually spell the recipe for success. But, in the Blackhawks' case, it was just that. They shut out the Blues 4-0. Here are some important notes: 1. Goals The four goals were scored in order by left-wing Brandon Saad, center Dylan Strome, and left-wing Dominik Kubalik. 2. Kubalik Kubalik played exactly as you would expect for someone who is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy,...
July 31st, 2020
Blackhawks History

July 31 is full of big names. One of the greatest undrafted players in the history of the National Hockey League signed with the team where he became a Hall of Famer. One of the greatest goaltenders of all-time returned to where he had great success. Plus, the best coach in league history took a new position to work with a very familiar face. St. Louis Lands in Tampa Bay The Tampa Bay Lightning made a free-agent on July 31, 2000, that changed the direction of the franchise and helped them win a Stanley Cup just four years later. It wasn’t a big-money superstar, but rather an undrafted player looking for a chance with a new team. This was the date when the Lightning signed Martin St. Louis, who had spent the previous two seasons with the Calgary Flames. He played 69 games with the Flames, predominately on the fourth-line, and scored just four goals and 20 points. He was put in a better role that showed off the offensive game that made him a star at the University of...
July 30th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers are set to match up for their best-of-five qualifying round series this Saturday, Aug. 1. Both teams are similar in that they have elite offensive manpower but are lacking in defensive talent. All signs point to a high-octane, high-scoring affair. In preparation for this series, I reached out to The Hockey Writers' Christopher Kelsall, who covers the Oilers, to get some insight from the enemy regarding this matchup. Related - Edmonton Oilers Appear Ready for a Stanley Cup Run Hello Christopher and thank you for taking the time to speak with us! First off, it’s no secret the Oilers were playoff bound before the stoppage of play in March. Whereas the Blackhawks were a huge longshot to make the postseason. Chicago was lucky this format was chosen which included them in the qualifying round. Q: In your opinion, how does Oilers nation feel about having to match up against the “lowly” Blackhawks? Opinion on Playing the...
July 30th, 2020
Blackhawks History

The Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers will start their best-of-five Qualifying Round series on Saturday. This marks the fifth time these two franchises have met in the Stanley Cup playoffs and the first time since 1992. All four of the previous playoff meetings came in a conference final. Even though the playoff history between these two teams is not as storied as the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, they still built up quite a rivalry during this time period. There was no shortage of star power in these four series as a total of 13 Future Hockey Hall of Famers took the ice in at least one game. 1983 Campbell Conference Final Both the Blackhawks and Oilers entered the 1983 Stanley Cup playoffs as division winners. Chicago won the Norris Division with 104 points while the Oilers’ 106 points were the most in the conference and earned them the Smythe Division crown. Steve Larmer, Al Secord, and Denis Savard led the Blackhawks to a division crown. (Photo by Bruce...
July 29th, 2020
Column

July 29 officially signals that the Chicago Blackhawks are back. After a four-month break, they will be facing the St. Louis Blues in an exhibition game. This will be important as it will give fans insight as to how well the teams have bounced back. Related: 7 Fun Facts About Dustin Byfuglien Hockey returning isn't without a plethora of news. There have been developments with media engagements, award nominees, and the team's "bubble" life in Edmonton. Colliton Media Session With the exhibition game, all eyes are on the Blackhawks' roster; especially when it comes down to goaltender Corey Crawford and defenseman Connor Murphy's status. Crawford missed most of training camp after testing positive for COVID-19, while Murphy has been dealing with a groin injury. All we got from head coach Jeremy Colliton during his media session on Jul. 28, was that the roster wasn't decided. However, one big highlight...
July 28th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

At 35 years old, Dustin Byfuglien has been an NHL defenseman for well over a decade. He has played for the Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Atlanta Thrashers (who became the Jets). It's hard to overlook the significance of his presence given his size, grit, and skill. Related: Chicago Blackhawks Logo History His role in the Blackhawks' 2010 Stanley Cup championship is especially prominent. As we reminisce about the upcoming 10-year anniversary of that victory, here are some fun facts about "Big Buff". 1. Family Ties Hockey is part of Byfuglien's DNA. His cousin, Derrick Byfuglien, was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2000. Derrick was selected in the fourth round as a defenseman, but he never made it to the show. Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Dustin's stepfather, Dale Smedsmo, also played professionally. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1971. As a left wing, he only appeared in four NHL games...