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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Can the Blackhawks keep their season alive?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Can the Blackhawks keep their season alive?

With the Hawks keeping their hopes alive with their recent stretch of games, can they make one final push for a playoff spot. In for host Pat Boyle, Slavko Bekovic, Scott King, and Charlie Roumeliotis discuss the recent play of the Hawks, has the team settled down with the trade deadline over, and can Dominik Kubalík win the Calder trophy.

(1:10) - The Hawks recent hot streak

(5:00) - Has the team settled down since the trade deadline

(11:40) - Hawks are still 6 points out but the players think they are still in it

(16:26) - The guys that have the most to play for on the Hawks

(25:24) - Can Kubalík win the Calder trophy

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Sports books currently have Dominik Kubalik at 50/1 for Calder Trophy

Sports books currently have Dominik Kubalik at 50/1 for Calder Trophy

One thing Blackhawks fans can agree on is that despite a rough season overall, rookie winger Dominik Kubalik has been a constant bright spot in the lineup and as a player to watch. It isn’t just Chicago that has been impressed by the 24-year-old Czech Republic native, for he made it to the final four of the NHL Calder Trophy. If Kubalik were to win, he’d be the tenth player in franchise history to do so.

Sports books are projecting Kubalik having 50/1 odds of winning the Calder Trophy as of March 2nd. Cale Makar (Avalanche) is considered the favorite, with -130 and Quinn Hughes (Canucks) is in second with +100. Kubalik and Victor Olofsson (Sabres) are considered long shots, with +5000 and +6600, respectively.

Kubalik was drafted by the Kings and acquired by the Blackhawks via trade in May of 2019 on a one-year contract. He made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks this season, playing 63 games and accumulating 44 points. He recently achieved his first NHL career hat-trick during the Blackhawks win against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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3 Takeaways: Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford come up big in shootout win against Panthers

3 Takeaways: Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford come up big in shootout win against Panthers

Jonathan Toews had two points in regulation and a goal in the shootout to help the Blackhawks win 3-2 against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Here are three takeaways: 

Go Johnny go

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews picked up a goal and an assist in regulation and scored in the shootout against the Panthers on Saturday. Toews became the first player in NHL history to reach 50 shootout goals. 

Patrick Kane scored the final goal of the shootout for the win. 

Toews assisted on Dominik Kubalik's second period goal and tied the game 1-1 in the first period, redirecting an Adam Boqvist shot past Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from in front of the net at 12:54. 

The Hawks center has 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists) through 65 games this season. 

Something to Crow about

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has been making the most of his recent opportunities. Crawford started his fifth consecutive game on Saturday in a strong performance with 38 saves on 40 shots through overtime before stopping both Florida shooters (Frank Vatrano and Mike Hoffman) in the shootout to help Chicago win its second straight game.

The 35-year-old netminder kept the door shut on a Panthers' run from the second to third period in which they were outshooting the Hawks 21-2. The game-tying goal got past him with 1:28 remaining in regulation when Blackhawks defenseman Olli Maatta gave up position spawning a Florida 2-on-1 with Mike Matheson keeping the puck and scoring.

He also saved 36 of 38 shots against the Lightning in Thursday's 5-2 win.

The two-time Stanley Cup champ appeared to be taking over the net a couple games prior to goalie Robin Lehner being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. 

His stellar play of late could do him some good in potentially negotiating an extension to remain in Chicago as he's due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

Dom don't quit

Blackhawks forward Kubalik hasn't seemed to let up much in his sensational rookie season, especially during the second half of the year. 

The 24-year-old winger recorded his first NHL hat trick last game against Tampa Bay and picked up an assist against Florida on Saturday.

He assisted on Toews' first period goal that made it 1-1 and seemed to score at 6:21 of the second period to make it 2-1, tipping a Connor Murphy shot from the blue line over Bobrovsky's right shoulder and in, but the goal was later credited to Drake Caggiula, who may have been the one to get a blade on the puck. 

Kubalik's 29 goals lead all NHL rookies and his 44 points rank third among first-year players. He has 18 goals in his past 23 games.

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