The NHL owners announced they unanimously ratified the new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday. Now it's the players' turn to vote on it starting tonight.
The players' ratification vote will begin at 7 p.m. CT tonight and conclude at 7 a.m. CT on Saturday, according to the NHLPA. The secret ballot vote will be done electronically; once voting closes on Saturday morning, the players' association will send out a release regarding it. Once ratified, NHL training camps will begin on Sunday and the regular season will start on Jan. 19. The Chicago Blackhawks will open at the Los Angeles Kings at 2 p.m. CT on Jan. 19.
On the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to discuss the three-game losing skid the Hawks are experiencing, the problems on the power play and how they should mentally approach getting back into the playoff race.
The guys also discuss Corey Crawford’s first public sighting, trade rumors and Burish shares his favorite Original 6 story.
Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:
Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.
After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.
"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."
The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.
On the offensive side of things, Patrick Kane hit a milestone.
The 29-year-old had two goals and an assist and recorded his 800th career point, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach 800 points.
The Blackhawks are now 22-18-6 on the season with 50 points and rank last in the Central Division, five points behind the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.
The Blackhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier when the Tampa Bay Lightning — the league-leader in points — come to town on Monday.
See what Quenneville and Kane had to say about Saturday's loss in the video above.