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Blackhawks net four players in NHL All-Star Game

Blackhawks net four players in NHL All-Star Game

Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews have been named to the NHL's Central Division All-Star team, which is the most representatives of any team.

Crawford will be making his second career All-Star appearance, with his first in 2015. He's 14-8-3 with a 2.34 goals against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts this season.

Kane, now a six-time All-Star, is tied for second in the NHL with 44 points, and also ranks second in assists with 32. 

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Toews, who's also participating in his sixth All-Star Game, has seven goals and 13 assists in 34 games this season, and ranks fourth in the league with a 58.3 faceoff percentage.

Keith, a four-time All-Star, ranks second in the league among defensemen with 27 assists.

The All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. CT on NBC at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane named 2018-19 Ted Lindsay Award finalist

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Blackhawks star Patrick Kane named 2018-19 Ted Lindsay Award finalist

For the second time in his NHL career, Patrick Kane has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association.

At age 30, Kane turned in his best offensive season by setting a career-high with 110 points. He ranked third among all skaters in points-per-game average (1.36), second in even-strength goals (35) and second among forwards in average time on ice (22:29). 

In 2015-16, Kane made history when he became the first American-born player to win the award after leading the league in points (106) — the only player to hit the 100-point mark that season. 

Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, who secured the Art Ross Trophy by leading the league in scoring with 128 points, and Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who ranked second with 116 points, are the other two finalists, respectively. McDavid has won the award in each of the past two seasons.  

The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards on June 19 in Vegas.

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Blackhawks 'mutually agree to part ways' with assistant coach Don Granato

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Blackhawks 'mutually agree to part ways' with assistant coach Don Granato

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with assistant coach Don Granato. He was hired on June 15, 2017 and spent two seasons with the team.

“We appreciate Don’s contributions to the Blackhawks organization while on the staff,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said in a statement. “We wish him well in the future as he pursues other opportunities.”

The move allows Colliton to handpick his second assistant coach with Sheldon Brookbank remaining on the staff. The responsibilities between Brookbank and Granato were shared this season, but that's likely to change going into next season to a more traditional structure of one assistant coach handling the forwards and power play and the other the defensemen and penalty kill.

One potential candidate to fill the vacant position could be Derek King, who was on Colliton's staff with the Rockford IceHogs and served as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season after Colliton got promoted to Chicago. King is viewed as a player's coach and is well-respected within the organization.

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