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Word on the Street: Hawks party hard in Vegas?

Word on the Street: Hawks party hard in Vegas?

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
CSNChicago.com

Blackhawks enjoy Las Vegas a little too much?

According to reports, the Blackhawks had an epic party at Lavo (in the Palazzo) Sunday night while enjoying some down time in Sin City. Their evening apparently included one rookie dressed in an Iron Man costume, a 6-liter bottle of champagne for 35,000 and the rookies picking up the bill. Of course, they then canceled practice the following morning. (lvrj.com)

Lovie Smith's job safe regardless of how Bears finish?

Based on recent comments by general manager Jerry Angelo, it seems Lovie Smith will be back as Bears head coach for at least one more season regardless of whether the team makes the playoffs or not.

The demands of being a head coach in the National Football League are great," Angelo told chicagobears.com "You only have to look at the attrition rate in the league, and its only escalating. So someone who can keep a team together and focused on the common goal given the rigors of what most teams go through during a season defines a leader to me, and thats one of the real attributes that Lovie brings as a head coach.

Keeping everyone on the same page, keeping their eyes fixed on the common goal and staying team-oriented. Its not a given; just look around the league. There are a lot of variables that come into play. (chicagobears.com)

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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NBC Sports Chicago

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?

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

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USA TODAY

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: