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Blackhawks return as favorites to win Stanley Cup

Blackhawks return as favorites to win Stanley Cup

The Blackhawks are back to being the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season.

After going 10-3-2 in the month of November, the Blackhawks lead the Western Conference and are tied for second in the NHL with 33 points, owning 9/1 odds to win it all, according to Bovada.

The Capitals, Penguins and Rangers are at a three-way tie for second at 10/1 odds followed by the Canadiens, Lightning and Oilers at 12/1.

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As for the individual awards, several Blackhawks appear in numerous categories.

Patrick Kane has the fifth-best odds (17/2) to take home the Hart Trophy for league MVP for the second straight year while Artemi Panarin is on the board as well at 18/1 odds, which is tied for ninth with Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Tyler Seguin.

Corey Crawford's odds to win the Vezina Trophy dropped from 12/1 to 30/1, which is ninth-best — not a bad pick if you're looking for a sleeper. Carey Price leads the way at 2/3.

Duncan Keith, who was off the board at the end of October to win the Norris Trophy, is back on it at 12/1 odds, which is tied for seventh. Shea Weber is the favorite to win at 3/1.

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Blackhawks honor Dave Bolland with “One More Shift” Friday

Former Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland will be honored with “One More Shift” on the ice at United Center this Friday prior to Hawks matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bolland will stand with the team during the National Anthem and skate on ice in full gear. Along with time on ice, the United Center will also honor Bolland by showcasing his career highlights throughout the arena.

The Blackhawks will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their 2010 Stanley Cup win at five games this season, coinciding with “One More Shift” nights to honor individual players.  The United Center Atrium doors will open at 4pm, giving fans a chance to look at the interactive photo opportunities and historical items on display. Bolland will participate in a Q&A in the atrium at 6:30 p.m. before he hits the ice.

Dave Bolland was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2004 and spent ten seasons of his NHL career in Chicago. Bolland played with the team during two Stanley Cup championships, scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. Bolland played in all 22 playoff games in 2010, garnering 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) which shared fifth among Blackhawks skaters in the postseason. Bolland recorded his best season of his career during the 2008-09 campaign with the Blackhawks, skating in a career-high 81 regular-season games and recording career highs in goals (19), assists (28) and points (47).

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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