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Crawford, Blackhawks look to outshine Stars


Crawford, Blackhawks look to outshine Stars

Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011
12:44 p.m.
By Tracey MyersCSNChicago.com
Corey Crawford will get the start in net tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks, now healthy again, will try and stall a Stars team that is leading the Pacific Division and has won five straight on the road.

Their top two lines are as good as any top two lines, coach Joel Quenneville said of the Stars. Theyve got balance, their defense is steady. That type of team, they can beat anyone on any given night. They play a real patient, smart game. Its an important game for a lot of reasons for both teams.

Meanwhile, Jake Dowell, whos been a steady factor most of this season, will be scratched for the second consecutive game.

Obviously Im a pretty motivated person in the first place, so I dont think I need a whole lot of kick in the butt, he said. But they shook things up and the team won, so its good to change the lineup after a win.

Quenneville said I think hes pretty consistent in his game; hes victimized more by numbers. Sometimes you have to stick with (a lineup) and we dont want to change too many things for tonights game. Hes one of those players we expect back in there soon.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style


Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.

Bears receive Sports Illustrated's top offseason grade in NFC North

Bears receive Sports Illustrated's top offseason grade in NFC North

The Chicago Bears are less than one month from the start of training camp, but the praise for general manager Ryan Pace's offseason continues to pour in.

Pace and the Bears received an A for their offseason -- the best grade in the NFC North -- from Sports Illustrated. A big part of the perfect score was the overhaul at wide receiver.

Chicago had one of the weakest receiving groups in the NFL last season—the team ranked dead last in passing yards per game (175.7)—so that position was clearly an area of focus this offseason for general manager Ryan Pace. The additions of Allen Robinson from Jacksonville, Taylor Gabriel from Atlanta and Anthony Miller via the draft will boost a stagnant group, assuming Robinson returns fully healthy from last September’s ACL tear. If 2015 first-round pick Kevin White can stay healthy for a full season for the first time in his ill-fated career, it’s an added bonus.

Much is expected from the revamped group of pass-catchers even though none of them have an overwhelming history of production. Robinson had a dominant season in 2015 (1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns), but his last two seasons involved mediocre production in 2016 and a torn ACL in Week 1 last year. Gabriel's never topped more than 621 yards in a season and tight end Trey Burton has been a backup his whole career. Miller has yet to play a snap in the NFL and White, now entering his fourth season, is still looking for his first touchdown catch.

Mitch Trubisky has a lot of work to do once training camp kicks off. Not only must he master coach Matt Nagy's offense, but he must do so while building chemistry with all of his new receivers. Growing pains will happen, but the upside and expectations for the Bears in 2018 are higher than they've been in many years, and it's all because of a great offseason had by the front office.