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Crawford to make preseason debut vs. Capitals

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Crawford to make preseason debut vs. Capitals

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 12:46 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
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Corey Crawford should play all of tonight's game in net, and several veterans will make their 2011 preseason debuts when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals at the United Center.

It's the Blackhawks first preseason home game, and veterans Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Dave Bolland and Andrew Brunette will be in the lineup. This will also be the first preseason start for Crawford.

Brandon Saad will play his third preseason game tonight. The second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has impressed in camp, and the Blackhawks want to see a little more.

"He's done a lot right," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Whether it's a reward or experience (with Saad getting his third game), we'll get a longer look."

Defenseman Dylan Olsen will also make his preseason game debut. Olsen, who had a solid rookie camp, is coming off a lower-body injury he suffered about a month ago. He missed the first few days of training camp but feels better and is ready for tonight's opportunity.

"I finally got back at it (a few days ago). I didn't think I'd get a chance to play, so obviously I'm excited," he said. "There are a lot of vets in the lineup so it'll be good to be out there. Hopefully I'll play to their speed and play my game as well."

Viktor Stalberg, Steve Montador, Rostislav Olesz, Marcus Kruger, Jamal Mayers, Ben Smith, Brandon Segal, Jimmy Hayes, Brian Fahey and Rob Flick will also play tonight.

Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, Mike Green and Joel Ward are among those in the Captals' lineup. Tomas Vokoun is expected to get the start in goal.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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

Pacers GM Chad Buchanan pulls out of consideration for Bulls' front office job

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Pacers GM Chad Buchanan pulls out of consideration for Bulls' front office job

Chad Buchanan has worked closely and successfully with Kevin Pritchard at two NBA franchises, including their current situation with the Indiana Pacers. Pritchard currently serves as the Pacers' president of basketball operations, Buchanan the general manager.

Ultimately, that comfort level and a strong personal situation led Buchanan to wanting to stay put in Indiana. Buchanan, one of Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf’s four initial interview targets to run basketball operations in a new-look front office, conveyed his desire to stay, according to a source. The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported the news.

The Bulls remain hopeful to receive permission to interview Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster and Heat vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager Adam Simon. Reinsdorf’s goal is to build a front office with depth, and whomever is hired to head Bulls’ basketball operations could make additional hires and be charged with overhauling the scouting department.

Executive vice president John Paxson, who largely initiated the need to modernize the front office, is expected to remain in an advisory role. However, Paxson has made clear to ownership he’s willing to play as large or as small a role as the new head of basketball operations desires.

The future of general manager Gar Forman, who largely has been moved to a scouting position, could be determined by the new hire.

As previously reported, Reinsdorf remains a fan of coach Jim Boylen. However, whomever the Bulls hire to run basketball operations will have full authority, including ultimately deciding the coaching staff’s future.

One rising force in the Bulls’ front office who is expected to be safe is assistant general manager Steve Weinman, a source said. He has made an impression not only internally but among rival league executives for his salary cap acumen and knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement.

It’s Reinsdorf’s goal to have the hire in place before a possible resumption of the 2019-20 season that has been suspended due to the COVID-19 virus. Most league observers believe any potential resumption is multiple weeks if not months away, and there is some planning for the potential loss of the balance of the season.

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2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 2 win over Sharks

2010 Hawks Rewind: 3 things we noticed in Blackhawks' Game 2 win over Sharks

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Stanley Cup team, NBC Sports Chicago is re-airing each of the Blackhawks' 16 postseason wins from the run that ended a 49-year championship drought. You can join the conversation using #HawksRewind on social media.

After stealing Game 1 in San Jose, the Blackhawks took care of business in Game 2 by beating the Sharks 4-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Final. Here are three things we noticed in the win:

1. Building a cushion

You knew the Sharks were going to come out hungry after losing Game 1 in their own building, and the Blackhawks certainly matched that intensity. 

After Andrew Ladd broke the scoreless tie at the 12:48 mark of the first period, Dustin Byfuglien and Jonathan Toews followed suit in the second to put the Blackhawks in front 3-0. It was crucial for the visiting team not to give the Sharks any momentum, and it wasn't until 31:08 into the game before the home team finally got on the board.

2. A make-up game on special teams?

The Blackhawks had zero power plays in Game 1, so they didn't get a chance of testing a Sharks team that had the fifth-ranked penalty kill percentage (85.0) in the regular season. But that changed in Game 2.

The Sharks racked up 22 total penalty minutes and committed six minor penalties, two of which came with 18 seconds left in the game that saw two Blackhawks get sent off as well. The Blackhawks committed only one minor penalty in the previous 59:42.

Both teams converted on the power play once, but the Blackhawks staying out of the box for the majority of the game certainly played a role in preventing the Sharks from getting within striking distance or taking control early.

3. Duncan Keith's strong performance

He didn't garner as much attention as others, but Keith was solid for the Blackhawks in Game 2. He recorded two assists, six shot attempts (three on goal), four blocked shots and led all skaters with 30:21 of ice time. No other skater logged more than 27:56.

Keith was pointless in his first five postseason games, but had nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his next nine.

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