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Blackhawks on Twitter

By Danny Moran
CSNChicago.com

Excited for hockey yet? Tickets for preseason Blackhawks games go on sale on Monday but the team will not hit the ice until September 25. In the meantime, make sure to keep up with all of your favorite former, current and future Blackhawks stars on Twitter as the offseason begins to wind down.

Current Blackhawks:

PlayerTwitter Handle
Recent Tweet
Byran Bickell
@bbicks29Going to be a nice day on the water with @FactsofFishing for fishing for care. hopethebigonesarebitting
Dave Bolland
@DaveBollandBest show out there today is SullivanandSon
Brandon Bollig
@bollig87This Megan Hodge chick on the US Women's Volleyball team would go 1st overall in the @NHL draft 100. Power forward. Olympics2012
Dan Carcillo
@CarBombBoom13Ohh boy. I wonder if @MRichie_10 and Carts are going to bring Lord Stanley to dry island doubtful
Jimmy Hayes
@Jimmy10Hayes
Why are ET's eyes so big? Because he saw his phone bill!!!
Patrick Kane
@88PKanePhelps baby! Go USA!
Duncan Keith
@DuncanKeith
The World's Largest Ronald McDonald House opened in Chicago today!!! bit.lyLzlQms
Nick Leddy
@ledpipe08Very excited for the 2012 Olympics. Great opening ceremony so far. USA
Jamal Mayers
@jamalmayersThanks to everyone @PRORehabPC for all your help this past month ESP Randy and Sean! feelinggood
Patrick Sharp
@10PSharpHey @KevinPHayes12 your bro is a better dancer.
Andrew Shaw
@shawz15erIt was great seeing all the boys and the fans this weekend had a blast, can't wait till the season starts!
Viktor Stalberg
@VStalbergFeel bad for Adam Scott right now

Former Blackhawks:

PlayerTwitter HandleRecent TweetAndrew Ladd
@aladd16Congrats to the littleguy on his new
deal! One of the most underrated
players in the game! Jets
Troy Murray
@muzz19Hi Adam!
Darren Pang
@Panger40You read something and sit back
stunned. Terrible to hear former
@Ottawa67sHockey player Bill
Kitchen has passed. Awesome
person. RIP Bill.
Jeremy Roenick
@Jeremy_RoenickProud of @ccainan11 drafted by the
Hawks, one of the greatest
organizations! Chi fans welcome my
nephew
Denis Savard
@denissavard18@Panger40 thanks for your support
today!!
Brent Sopel
@BrentSopelCongrats to @conorjdwyer for
your first gold medal and being
part of history.
makeingyourcountryproud.

Rockford IceHogs and Prospects:

PlayerTwitter Handle
Recent Tweet
Adam Clendening
@Clenny5@bheist4 lone survivor. Keep you reading for dayyyss. The only book I've finished. athletic student
Kevin Hayes
@KevinPHayes12
There's nothing worse than ur AC being broken in you car when it's 90 degrees out. sweating people r looking at me funny
Carter Hutton
@CarterHutton@MBudd89 just had a game in Orlando against Deluca 10-9 epic win stillgotit canievenlose?
Shawn Lalonde
@lalonde10@JasonShaw2 team game, get em tomorrow! insuranceguys notoutyet
Mark McNeill
@McNeill9That's like trying to sell gum in a lock jaw war.. coachgreen
Jeremy Morin
@jmorin91So your telling me the us basketball boys won by 83 points. Okay. Sounds about right.
Phillippe Paradis
@Paradis63Pink Floyd concert was just unvelievable!!! Your the man Roger
Brandon Pirri
@pirri91A gymnast just threw out a rick flair woooo OneMonthTillTheBoysAreBackAlec Richards
@ARichyRichWish I had a nickname like ThinBeast. Hooked on beachvb
Kent Simpson
@simps32Im donating my upper lip to mens health this month. lets raise some money! everydollarcounts forthepeople
Ben Smith
@BenASmith12Just left my apartment in the afternoonevening for the first time this week. Olympics are turning me into a couch potato. SoWorthIt USA

Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

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Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

The wait is almost over.

After missing nearly 10 months with a concussion, Corey Crawford said he expects to start on Thursday when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. An official decision will come following the team's morning skate.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. ... It was a pretty long process. But I think the most important thing was not to rush anything. When I finally was out, it got to a point where I wasn’t in shape to play and it was time to rest and it’s unfortunate it took a lot longer than I would’ve liked. 

"It’s been long, but finally, just to get back and be practicing with the team has meant a lot. It’s good to get to this point now when you’re really close to playing. Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

Crawford's last appearance in an NHL game was Dec. 23, 2017 against the New Jersey Devils when he allowed three goals on seven shots in 13:22 of action before getting pulled. So of course, emotions will naturally be running high, especially in front of the hometown crowd.

"I'm sure I'll be a little anxious getting into it," Crawford said. "Some nerves. But we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited I can tell you that."

It's obviously terrific news for the Blackhawks, who have picked up eight out of a possible 10 points to start the season and are getting their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie back between the pipes. It's been a long time coming, and Crawford is coming back into a healthy situation where the Blackhawks are in a good spot in the standings.

"It's great news, I'm sure it'll be exciting for him exciting for our team, exciting for our fans and the organization as well," Patrick Kane said. "It’s probably a good situation all around. Cam [Ward] has done a great job of playing in the net so far. Crow is really good in practice right now, so I’m sure he’s itching to get back, too. We’ve had a good start here. It’s something we want to keep going, and I’m sure him coming back on home ice, in front of our crowd, will be a fun one for him and for our team."

There's no doubting how important Crawford is the team and organization. While there may be a little bit of rust early on, the Blackhawks are expecting him to look like his old self.

"He means a lot to the team," Quenneville said. "We felt last year was a good example of how important he was and how well he was playing for us, as well. We’ve gotten off to a decent start and he was a big factor in it. We know that goaltending is such a big part of the team and your success a lot of nights depends on him and his consistency’s always been in place.

"But he looks good in the net. He’s been off for a long, long time. Is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. So we’re looking forward to him getting in there and getting comfortable and how he’s feeling going forward will dictate a lot of the decisions about him going back in."

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

"Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. I’m not putting anybody in (LT’s) class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor."

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: