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Blackhawks look to snap four-game losing skid against Jets

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Blackhawks look to snap four-game losing skid against Jets

By Darrin Bauming

CSNChicago.com contributor

The Blackhawks will look to get back in the win column and snap their current four-game slide Friday night in Winnipeg against a Jets team that will likely be fired up to play against their former captain.

Andrew Ladd will step on MTS Centre ice for the first time since he was acquired by the Blackhawks on Feb. 25 — and his former teammates are well aware of it.

"It still feels like he's just hurt or something and we're expecting him back at any time," Jets forward Blake Wheeler said after mentioning his and Ladd's families got together Thursday to catch up.

"It'll be a little different seeing him (on the ice) for the first time. It's always good to get him on the ice and I'm sure there'll be some things said back and fourth and it should be a fun night."

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Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who won a Stanley Cup alongside Ladd in Chicago in 2010, cracked jokes ahead of Friday's Central Division tilt.

"It's all business," the Jets All-Star blueliner said. "I can't wait to shoot a puck at him. You know, run him into the boards."

"I already told him, I've got an elbow coming for him if he's coming," replied Ladd when told of Byfuglien's light-hearted threat. "So he might end up with a bloody nose."

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Head coach Joel Quenneville confirmed goaltender Scott Darling will get the start Friday night, reiterating Corey Crawford's day-to-day status remains unchanged with an upper-body injury. Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for Winnipeg.

"It's a great opportunity for (Darling)," said Quenneville. "I know that he hadn't played much through most of the year, and (then) playing last game. And then all of a sudden the importance of the games are even more critical for everyone and taking advantage of it at a tough time like he did last year for us is what we're looking for."

Teuvo Teravainen did not skate Friday morning, with Quenneville listing him as "questionable" due to illness.

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

Drake Caggiula had a successful college hockey career. He compiled 127 points (62 goals, 65 assists) in 162 career games across four seasons at North Dakota, and served as an alternate captain during his senior year.

But before committing to college, Caggiula was being recruited by the Erie Otters of the OHL and there could've been a moment where he played with Connor McDavid and current teammates Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome all at the same time.

“I remember telling Sherry Bassin, the GM of Erie, how I was going to go to college," Caggiula said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "He kept reiterating that, 'at 16 years old, we’re not going to be that great. But at 17, we’re going to be a little bit better, but not great. But at 18 and 19, those are going to be your big years and we’re going to have a really good team and we’re going to surround you with good players.’ I mean, that’s two years in the future so it’s hard to really see that.

"Looking back at it now, the players that I could have played with, they had some pretty talented players go through Erie. Even Dylan Larkin was an Erie draft pick and ended up going to Michigan. It could have been a pretty talented team there so it’s kind of funny to see how it all works out. We’re all here today coming from different paths so it’s pretty cool.”

Any chirps from the guys about his decision now?

“Yeah, Connor [McDavid] used to make fun of me all the time, you know? ‘Oh, we would have won the Memorial Cup if you would have joined the team!’ and all that sort of stuff," Caggiula joked. "We talk about it a little bit just here and there saying, ‘what a team we could have had and imagine who we would have been playing with and now we’re all here together. What if we all would have started in Erie together and now we’re here together?’ It just would have been a pretty cool story. It’s obviously something that we can’t control but it’s definitely something that you can look back at and laugh at.”

Check out the interview in the video above.

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Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

When Jeremy Colliton was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in November of 2018, he immediately became the youngest NHL bench boss at age 33. In fact, he was even younger than some of the guys he was coaching (Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, to name a few).

It was a weird dynamic at first, but quickly normalized once the locker room realized how bright of a hockey mind Colliton had/has.

Calvin de Haan offers a unique perspective. After being acquired by the Blackhawks in the summer, an interesting storyline was brought to light. He and Colliton actually played together during the 2011-12 season with the New York Islanders organization, where Colliton served as the captain of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

While he may not have expected it to come this quickly, de Haan isn't surprised to see Colliton behind an NHL bench at such a young age.

"Looking back on it now, you realize that he has the qualities to be a successful coach," de Haan said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "Smart guy, very methodical I don't envision him being a yeller or a screamer but he was a guy who always kind of spoke and everyone kind of listened. I'm assuming it's going to translate to his coaching style and just judging by his personality you can see why he's climbed the ranks pretty quick. I'm really excited to play for him."

Check out the interview in the video above.

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