Blackhawks Crawford Ready For Playoffs

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After another win on Sunday against the Blues, Corey Crawford continued a stretch of strong play since the Olympics. And yet, even in spite of his performance in the 2013 playoffs, some still question the Blackhawks netminder.

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Blackhawks Handle Business Against Blues

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The Blackhawks were without Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Johnny Oduya and Brandon Saad on Sunday morning when they welcomed the division leading St. Louis Blues to the United Center.

But another strong effort from all four lines extended the Hawks’ winning streak to three.

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Blackhawks Steal Win In Columbus

Traffic in front of the net paid enormous dividends as the Blackhawks won a critical road game in Columbus on Friday night.

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Bryan Bickell Returns, Blackhawks Bounce Back

For the first time since they joined the NHL roster, the Chicago Blackhawks played a game without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews because of injury. The Hawks were also without Michal Rozsival and Johnny Oduya (lower-body) was scratched after warm-ups.

Even with those key veterans – and Teuvo Teräväinen – sitting out, the Hawks were able to end the losing streak.

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Blackhawks Sign Stephen Johns

On Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a two-year deal with Notre Dame defenseman Stephen Johns. Johns then signed a professional tryout contract with the Rockford IceHogs.

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Blackhawks: Toews Regular Season Over

Comfortable with the three seed in the Central Division? Ready for Game One in Denver in two weeks?

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Blackhawks Recall Joakim Nordstrom

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom from Rockford.

Nordstrom, 22, started the season with the NHL club before heading to the IceHogs. He has 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 58 AHL games with Rockford this season.

Michal Rozsival returned to practice, but Jonathan Toews was (predictably) absent. UPDATE: Rozsival indicated after practice that he will not play on Thursday night, but a Friday return is possible.

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Indianapolis Fuel New Blackhawks Affiliate

Indy Fuel logoOn Tuesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a change in organizational structure. The team has reached a five-year agreement with the new Indianapolis Fuel to serve as their ECHL minor league affiliate.

Indy will replace the Toledo Walleye, who have been the Hawks’ ECHL affiliate since 2009.

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Injuries Impacting Western Conference Playoff Races

Toews hurt

Blackhawks fans watched Jonathan Toews skate off the ice in pain on Sunday night in Pittsburgh, and a roster already missing Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell had another hole to fill.

Unfortunately for the NHL, the Hawks aren’t the only team missing a key player or two right now. And injuries to significant players could have a major impact on the postseason in the Western Conference.

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Jonathan Toews Hurt, Blackhawks Lose To Pens

Jonathan Toews was hurt by the hit above and did not return to the game on Sunday night. And, contrary to what the broadcast crew may have said immediately following the play, leaving your feet is not a clean hit.

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