Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to end skid vs. Ducks

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to end skid vs. Ducks

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Anaheim Ducks tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Jean-Francois Berube on the way up?

The Blackhawks placed Jeff Glass on waivers, and indications are pointing to Berube getting the call-up from Rockford. And you have to wonder whether he'll get thrown right in there with Anton Forsberg having allowed three goals on 13 shots in his last start.

Berube is coming in with confidence. He's stopped 54 of 58 shots (.931 save percentage) in his past two starts for the IceHogs after missing two months with an injury. 

2. Can the power play keep heating up?

The Blackhawks have scored a power-play goal in five of their last six games, and the Ducks may give them a few opportunities to continue that run.

No team has committed more minor penalties in the league than Anaheim (227). The Ducks have killed off six straight penalties in their last three games, however, after going 9-for-16 (56.3 percent) in their previous four, so they're starting to feel good about themselves in that area again.

3. Home struggles.

Home ice has continued to be a disadvantage for the Blackhawks since the calendar flipped to 2018. They haven't won a game at the United Center in more than a month, going 0-5-1 over that span.

Well, they'll play their next five games in Chicago so they better find a way to rediscover the success they used to have on home ice fast.

Podcast: Eddie O discusses what went wrong for Blackhawks this season


Podcast: Eddie O discusses what went wrong for Blackhawks this season

Eddie Olczyk joins Pat Boyle, Steve Konroyd and Jamal Mayers to discuss what went wrong for the Blackhawks this season, and what changes could happen this summer to get the team back into the postseason.

Listen to the entire HawksTalk Podcast here:

Amazing news: Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free

Amazing news: Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free

Eddie Olczyk is cancer-free!

The beloved Blackhawks broadcaster provided an update on his health after a battle with cancer and had the best news possible.

His scan scheduled for early-April was moved up and the results brought good news:

"I'm proud to stand here before everybody and you [Pat Foley] — my partner and my friend — that all the cancer is gone," Olyczyk said. "We beat this thing, and I say 'we' because it has been a team effort. Not only from the great doctors, but from this organization, from Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough, Jay Blunk, Coach Q, hockey operations, these great trainers, our broadcasters, you partner for all the texts and visits daily, the National Hockey League, all my friends and my family: my brothers Ricky and Randy, my mom and dad, and of course, my four kids — Eddie, Tommy, Zandra and Nicky and my beautiful wife Diana. If it wasn't for them, there's no way I could've gotten through this.

"So I believe we all beat this and I'm so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I'm proud to stand here before everybody and let them know that we beat this thing. I've had enough crying to last me a lifetime, partner, and I'm just so excited that I got that call on March 14th at 5:07 p.m. letting me know that my scans were clear. I've never heard a better phrase in my life.

"I'm now 10 days on with the rest of my life and that's the way I'm looking at it."