Blackhawks: Erik Gustafsson back in lineup vs. Rangers


Blackhawks: Erik Gustafsson back in lineup vs. Rangers

NEW YORK – Erik Gustafsson is back in the lineup and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks face the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden tonight.

Gustafsson was a healthy scratch the past few games. Coach Joel Quenneville said the young defenseman wasn’t playing as aggressively on the offensive side as he had when he first joined the team. Gustafsson is ready to get back to that game tonight.

“Of course it’s frustrating to be out; you want to play all the time. It’s the coach’s decision and I’m just going to stay positive,” Gustafsson said. “I can’t do anything else: just stay positive and play hard and tonight I’m going to play so I’ll try to show they can trust me out there and play me every game.”

The Blackhawks are going with the same four lines they had in their 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. They’d also like to take the momentum from that game, as well as the three-game road trip out of the All-Star break, on which they won all three contests.

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“I think it’s just reminding ourselves of the things we do on a consistent basis that makes us a good team,” Toews said. “We played with a little more energy in the last game, especially early on, to be able to wear that team down and create chances on the power play made the difference. Going forward is the same thing. You look at that little three-game slide we had, we weren’t playing with the speed and energy we need to be playing with,especially this time of year. When we’re able to rectify that, everything else falls into place as far as our team game, our system and just all the details. It all follows suit with energy and effort.”

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?


Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.