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Road Ahead: Teravainen finding his place in top line

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Road Ahead: Teravainen finding his place in top line

CSN's Luke Stuckmeyer and Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers have the latest on Joel Quenneville's group in this edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland NW Indiana Honda dealers.

After a 3-1-2 Circus Road Trip, the Blackhawks are looking to take another win in Game 2 of their home-and-home series with the Nashville Predators Thursday. 

When the Blackhawks began the road trip, they were successful in developing a scoring balance, but at the end of the trip, it kind of went away.

"Now they're starting to get it back at home — and home has been very good to them — but they also need it on the road," said CSN's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers. 

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Teuvo Teravainen has also been a key figure in the lineup balance, as he hit a game-winner on Sunday and had a goal and an assist on Tuesday. He's quickly finding a home in the top line

"You're seeing less hesitancy in his game and that's what he needs," said Myers. 

After Thursday's road matchup against the Predators, five of the Blackhawks' next six games are at the United Center — and with Patrick Kane's 23-point streak going, this is a chance to gain some ground on home ice. 

See what else Myers had to say about the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the video above.

 

 

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson gets standing ovation from United Center crowd in Chicago return

Niklas Hjalmarsson played for the Blackhawks for 10 years and won three Stanley Cups with the team so his return to the United Center was a big deal.

The defenseman, now with the Arizona Coyotes, made his return to Chicago in Thursday's game. The Blackhawks had a tribute video for him during the game and the crowd gave him a standing ovation after the video.

He was teary-eyed after getting the warm reception.

Hjalmarsson was traded by the Blackhawks to the Coyotes for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin after the 2016-17 season. He played against the Blackhawks on Oct. 21 and again on Feb. 12 last season, but both games were in Arizona.

Injuries limited Hjalmarsson to 48 games last season and he missed Arizona's only trip to the United Center last season, which came in December.

Watch the video above to see Hjalmarsson's tribute and reaction.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

Mark Lazerus and Hub Arkush join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Corey Crawford’s return and what it means for the team’s playoff chances.

Khalil Mack misses practice again. The guys debate if it would be better to leave him out vs. the Patriots.

The latest on the MLB playoffs with controversy in Houston and gamesmanship by the Brewers.

Will Perdue and Kendall Gill join the panel to discuss Kris Dunn’s absence from the opener and the team’s playoff chances this season.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.

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