When Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane score, the Blackhawks do not lose

When Jonathan Toews & Patrick Kane score, the Blackhawks do not lose

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the heart and soul of the Chicago Blackhawks, and if for some reason you don’t believe that—and why wouldn’t you—look no further than Saturday night for evidence. Kane netted a goal and an assist, and Toews got his fifth-career hat-trick. The game also extended the Blackhawks streak of wins when Toews and Kane score to 44 games.

And while the well-known dynamic duo led the Blackhawks scoring charge on the night, they were not without help. Nick Schmaltz had two assists and a blocked shot on the night. Schmaltz was also brilliant at times in possession of the puck, finessing his way to the front of the net multiple times to create havoc for Blues’ goaltender Jake Allen.

Cam Ward was once again solid with 30 saves on the night. He made some particularly nifty saves in the 3rd period, when the Chicago defense killed off the Blues power play to keep them in the game.

Three of the Blackhawks next five games are at the United Center, and they could certainly use the home-ice advantage. Chicago was out-hit and clearly the less disciplined team at the Enterprise Center, giving up two goals in 22 seconds at one point in the 3rd period, before settling in down the stretch.

Another factor that aided the Blackhawks was the aggressiveness of rookie Henri Jokiharju and second-year player Alex DeBrincat. The two youngsters combined for six shots and four assists.

The all-around group-effort meant that Chicago’s inability to convert on power plays didn’t derail them (0-for-4 on power plays). But if they plan to have success against St. Louis in their many future matchups, they will need to work diligently on special teams play in practice.

St. Louis had a power play percentage of 33.3 percent, scoring on two of their six chances. Chicago had decent awareness on these possessions but struggled mightily when it came to clearing the puck.

The Central Division is (as of Saturday night) the only division in the NHL in which multiple teams have four points in the standings, so Joel Quenneville's squad will be looking to ride “The Captain"  to a third straight win on Sunday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Saturday’s 5-4 win over the Blues marks the first time in franchise history that the Blackhawks have started the season with two overtime wins. As thrilling as these two OT victories have been, Quenneville and co. are certainly hoping they can take care of business with a regulation-time win on Sunday.

Blackhawks make minor league trade with Rangers


Blackhawks make minor league trade with Rangers

When the Blackhawks signed Darren Raddysh in 2017, it was because they didn't have many right-handed shot defensemen in the pipeline and he was an intriguing prospect coming off a season in which he was named the OHL's top blue liner.

But with Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell added to the mix over the last two NHL drafts, Raddysh was quickly jumped on the organizational depth chart. On Monday, the Blackhawks sent the 22-year-old prospect to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Peter Holland, who will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Raddysh, who was teammates with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome with the Erie Otters, led all IceHogs defensemen with 26 points this season. With the Rangers expected to be sellers ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, there's a chance he makes his NHL debut before the year ends depending on which defensemen they move.

Holland's cap hit is $675,000 and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 28-year-old has appeared in 266 games with four different teams, but has yet to appear in an NHL game this season. He can play all for forward positions. His best season came with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15 when he compiled 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 62 games, and had a shooting percentage of 11.8.

Holland leads the Hartford Wold Pack with 20 goals, 29 assists and 49 points in 52 games this season, and served as an alternate captain. He's a good presence to have in Rockford, where the Blackhawks can use some veteran leadership up front for its young guys.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Special guest Mike Tirico


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Special guest Mike Tirico

On this episode of Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle talks with Mike Tirico, who is doing play-by-play for the Blackhawks-Red Wings game on Wednesday night.

0:45 - Mike Tirico on how he got the call to call hockey

1:30 - Tirico's preparation for his first NHL play-by-play broadcast

4:15 - Patrick Kane continue's to impress as a veteran

6:20 - Can Tirico fit more NHL into his busy schedule?

8:20 - Will Tirico get nervous for his first NHL broadcast?

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks Talk Podcast