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Blackhawks try to take advantage of home ice vs. Blues

Blackhawks try to take advantage of home ice vs. Blues

The Blackhawks got the desired split on the road. Now they’ll try and take advantage of home ice, beginning today when they host the St. Louis Blues in Game 3 of their first-round series.

Whether there are any lineup changes remains to be seen in warm-ups. Asked if Dale Weise could be in the lineup today coach Joel Quenneville said, “we’ll see.”

Regardless, the Blackhawks have liked what they’ve done in their first two games and want to try and take two at the United Center.

“I know it’s pretty comparable,” Quenneville said. “Everybody’s probably had a chance to see each other in the first couple of games, long games, tight games. Their guys play and our guys play comparable minutes. I don’t think it’ll be too much different.”

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, however, said it could be critical for his team.

“It’s going to be big. I got what I wanted there and Joel’s going to get what he wants, and what he wants I don’t want,” Hitchcock said. “He has a defined matchup. Unless he changes form what he did in the regular season he has a defined matchup that he likes and they’ve obviously had success playing us a few times like this. So we’re going to have to fight through it.”

As for the Blues, who are now looking to turn the tables and steal a game at the United Center, Hitchcock said his team has to “level the playing field,” but that’s up to the Blues.

“We can’t allow them to have more power plays. It’s not a good formula for success for us. We have to have everything as equal as we can to have success against this team,” Hitchcock said. “They’re a great hockey club. They have a lot of elements that are championship elements. For us, the playing field has to be as equal as we can make it. So it’s scoring chances, it’s shots on goal, it’s penalties, it’s everything. We need that to be as equal as we can, so that’s on us."

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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