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Trevor Daley adjusting to changes with Blackhawks

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Trevor Daley adjusting to changes with Blackhawks

Trevor Daley picked up his pace as he chased Patrick Kane on a breakaway attempt in Sunday’s scrimmage. He got his stick on the puck at the last minute, poking it away from Kane and denying the scoring chance.

“Good thing I don’t have to worry about that anymore. He’s on my side,” Daley said with a laugh afterward.

After facing the Blackhawks for his entire NHL career, Daley is now one of them. It’s been a fairly smooth transition so far for the defenseman, who played 11 seasons in Dallas before coming here in the trade that sent Patrick Sharp to the Stars. The adjustments continued on Monday night, when Daley participated in the Blackhawks’ training camp festival at the United Center.

Still, there are changes, and that’s to be expected.

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“It’s a bit of a difference,” said Daley. “I’ve known one way my whole career. Just coming in, it’s a new environment, all new people, new ways. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

Daley talked over the summer about knowing a trade could happen at some point. And even though he was joining the Blackhawks, who had just won their third Stanley Cup in the last six seasons, it wasn’t easy saying goodbye to the only pro organization he’s known. Daley said he talked with Jason Spezza, who spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators before he was traded to Dallas in the summer of 2014.

“When the trade happened, he was one of the first guys I talked to. [He told me] what to expect and how it is,” Daley said. “The transition’s been easy. Showing up and not knowing what to expect, with the group of guys that’s up here it’s been real easy.”

Coach Joel Quenneville said Daley had a solid start at Notre Dame.

“He's around a new setting and new guys. Who knows exactly who's going to be his partner, but I think he gives us another dimension on the back end with some involvement on the attack,” he said. “Defending… we want to make sure that we're all strong in that area and I think he can help us.”

Daley worked with Brent Seabrook in the Notre Dame scrimmages. As Quenneville said, who knows who Daley’s partner will be once the season starts; but Daley said Seabrook was a huge help last weekend.

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“It’s been great to have a guy who’s been here for a long time,” Daley said. “He’s talked to me a ton. He’s telling me a lot of things, what the coaches expect from us as defensemen. It’s been good to have a guy like that. No matter how many games you’ve played in this league, when you go to a new team, it’s a different atmosphere. Teams play different ways. So to have a guy like that, there couldn’t be a much better one to learn from.”

BRIEFLY

  • Artemi Panarin, originally set to play in Monday’s scrimmage, has an upper-body injury and will be out a few days. Quenneville said Panarin will sit more for maintenance; the injury isn’t serious.

  • Most of the Blackhawks’ top players, including Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Kane, Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson, did not play on Monday. Quenneville said a lot of the top players – asked specifically about Kane, he said, “likely” – should play against Detroit on Tuesday.
     
  • Quenneville said Marcus Kruger, who is still at home due to a visa issue, should join the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators 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. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?