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USA battles Canada in semifinals of IIHF World Championships on CSN+

USA battles Canada in semifinals of IIHF World Championships on CSN+

Another chapter will be added to the USA vs. Canada book when the two countries square off in the semifinals of the IIHF World Hockey Championships on Saturday at 12 p.m., and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet Plus. (Channel Finder here).

Blackhawks prospects Vincent Hinostroza and Tyler Motte have shuffled up and down USA's lineup throughout the tournament, but have had their share of contributions.

Hinstroza has one goal and two assists in eight games, including a game-winner against Hungary in group play.

Motte, who was named a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award after a stellar junior season at Michigan, has two assists in eight contests. 

USA upset Czech Republic, 2-1, in the quarterfinals while Canada took care of business against Sweden, cruising to a 6-0 victory. The winner of USA vs. Canada will move on to the gold medal round Sunday against the winner of Finland and Russia.

Blackhawks prospect Ville Pokka has two assists and owns a plus-4 rating in eight games for Finland. Artemi Panarin has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in eight games, which ranks second among all skaters. He also has two game-winning goals, which is tied for first.

USA hasn't captured the gold medal since 1960, and will have to get past the defending gold medalists to give itself a chance to break that streak.

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

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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.