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Jonathan Toews, C7/9/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to matching eight-year, $84 million extensions.
Insight: Toews is one of the top two-way players in the NHL. He had 68 points (28 goals) in 76 regular season games and 17 points (nine goals) in 19 postseason games this past season.
Patrick Kane, RW 7/9/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to identical eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.
Insight: The new cap hits start in the 2015-16 season. Kane has produced 124 points (52 goals) in 116 games the past two seasons and has 91 points (37 goals) in 93 career playoff games.
Brad Richards, C7/1/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Insight: The Rangers bought out Brad Richards in June. The 34-year-old had 51 points (20 goals) in 82 games last season, but he certainly could see an uptick as Chicago's second-line center.
Duncan Keith, D6/24/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago's Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the 2013-14 season.
Insight: Duncan received the same honor back in 2010. He was second in points among defenseman last season with 61 in 79 games. Duncan turns 31 in July.
Jonathan Toews, C5/24/2014 11:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Jonathan Toews found the net twice Saturday versus the Kings.
Insight: It wasn't enough as Los Angeles was able to capture a 4-3 win, securing a 2-1 series lead in the process. Toews now has eight goals and five assists this postseason.
Andrew Shaw, C5/22/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw hopes to return Saturday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Mark Potash, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: He's sat out the last seven games with a leg injury. Chicago has compiled a 4-3 record during his absence.
Andrew Shaw, C5/21/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw (lower body) will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Wednesday against the Kings, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Shaw (two goals, two assists this postseason) suffered a lower body injury in the first game of Chicago's second-round series and hasn't played since. He wanted to play Wednesday but will be held out by coach Joel Quenneville.
Marian Hossa, RW5/18/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa distributed two assists Sunday in a series-opening win over Los Angeles.
Insight: That gives Hossa eight helpers in his last six contests. Only Anze Kopitar has given out more assists than Hossa this postseason.
Brandon Saad, LW5/18/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad opened the Western Conference Finals Sunday with two points and a +1 rating.
Insight: So far, he's delivered three goals and six assists in his first 13 postseason appearances. The Blackhawks are now just three wins away from clinching their second straight Western Conference title.
Brandon Bollig, LW5/10/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: The NHL has suspended Blackhawks winger Brandon Bollig for two games for boarding Keith Ballard of the Wild on Friday night.
Insight: He'll miss Games 5 and 6 of Chicago's second-round series. Bollig has zero points in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Andrew Shaw, C5/8/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw will not play in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against Minnesota on Friday, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Shaw (two goals, two assists this postseason) suffered a lower body injury in the series opener and hasn't played since.
Andrew Shaw, C5/5/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw has already been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 3. SOURCE: Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Shaw (two goals, two assists this postseason) suffered a lower body injury in the series opener. He could be back for Game 4 on Friday night.
Bryan Bickell, LWHot5/4/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell extended his points streak to five games with a goal and two assists Sunday against the Wild.
Insight: Bickell has recorded five goals and three assists and Chicago went 5-0 during the streak. The Blackhawks are up 2-0 on Minnesota.
Marian Hossa, RWHot5/4/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: The Wild haven't been able to contain Marian Hossa in the first two games of their second-round playoff series against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Hossa had a goal and two assist in Game 1 and three assists in Game 2 on Sunday to give Chicago a 2-0 lead in the series. Hossa has 121 points in 160 career playoff games.
Brandon Saad, LW 5/4/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad had two goals Sunday against the Wild.
Insight: Saad had zero goals and four assists in Chicago's first-round series against the Blues, but he's put up three points (two goals, one assist) in the Blackhawks' first two games against Minnesota.
Bryan Bickell, LW5/3/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell found the net twice in Friday's win against the Wild.
Insight: The Blackhawks' offense has been firing on all cylinders and Bickell has been a major part of the team's success. In his last four games, Bickell has four goals, one assist and a +1 rating. During that span, he's fired 14 shots on goal.
Patrick Sharp, LW5/3/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp was in a giving mood Friday against the Wild.
Insight: He assisted on both of Patrick Kane's goals in the third period. The Blackhawks have outscored opponents 19-8 over the last five games. Not surprisingly, they've won all five of those contests.
Patrick Kane, RWHot5/3/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane lit the lamp twice in Friday's series-opening win over Minnesota.
Insight: He now has two multi-goal games in his last four appearances. Kane is tied with Colorado's Paul Stastny for the league-lead in goals this postseason (five each) and is fifth in total points (eight).
Marian Hossa, RW5/3/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Chicago right wing Marian Hossa had a big night Friday against Minnesota.
Insight: Hossa added one goal and two assists in the victory. All of Hossa's points this postseason have come in the last four games (two goals, three assists, +1).
Brent Seabrook, D5/3/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook helped out with two assists Friday in a win against the Wild.
Insight: Seabrook now has eight points in four appearances this postseason. He owns a +4 rating over that span. Chicago will be home again for Game 2 on Sunday.
Jonathan Toews, C5/2/2014 11:35:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday against Minnesota after dealing with an illness that forced him to miss Thursday's practice session.
Insight: Toews is a major piece of the Blackhawks offense with 28 goals and 40 assists in 76 games this season. He also added seven points in six first-round playoff games.
Jonathan Toews, CHot4/27/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews finished with seven points over six games in Chicago's series win over St. Louis.
Insight: Toews scored a goal in the deciding Game 6 Sunday. In 81 career postseason games, the 25-year-old has scored 23 goals and handed out 48 assists (71 points).
Duncan Keith, D4/27/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had more points in Game 6 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Blues on Sunday than he did in the previous five games of the series.
Insight: Keith helped Chicago finish off St. Louis with a goal and three assists. The Blackhawks turned an 0-2 hole into a 4-2 series win.
Brent Seabrook, D4/20/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks will be without defenseman Brent Seabrook for three games after the NHL suspended him for his charging hit on David Backes of the Blues in Game 2. SOURCE: Tracey Myers, csnchicago.com
Insight: Seabrook was ejected from Game 2 and Chicago lost in overtime, putting the defending Stanley Cup Champions down 2-0. Seabrook had a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series after producing 41 points (seven goals, 34 assists), 149 SOG and a +23 rating during the regular season.
Jonathan Toews, C4/14/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (arm) will practice with the team Tuesday for the first time since he suffered his injury on March 30, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Toews took a big hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik on March 30 and missed the rest of the regular season. He's expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs.
Patrick Kane, RW4/14/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: Chicago right wing Patrick Kane (lower body) is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the postseason against the Blues, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Kane missed the last three weeks of the regular season due to a lower-body injury.
Duncan Keith, D4/11/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will get a night off to rest Friday, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: With six goals, 55 assists, a +22 rating and 198 SOG in 79 games, Keith is a frontrunner for his second Norris Trophy.
Brandon Saad, LWCold4/6/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks will make Brandon Saad a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Blues, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Saad has recorded just one point and a -6 rating his last nine games.
Bryan Bickell, LW4/3/2014 2:42:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (upper body) will be back in the lineup on Thursday, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Insight: Bickell (10 G, 2 A) doesn't produce enough stats to be of any use for fantasy owners.
Jonathan Toews, C4/2/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville says that Jonathan Toews (arm) will miss the rest of the regular season but is expected to be "100 percent" for the playoffs, according to the Blackhawks on Twitter.
Insight: Toews took a monster hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik on Sunday and suffered an arm injury. Chicago will play its final six games without Toews and Patrick Kane (lower-body).
Jonathan Toews, C3/31/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville doesn't believe Jonathan Toews' arm injury is serious. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Toews took a monster hit from Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik last night and had to leave the game. Chicago doesn't play again until Thursday so he will have a few days to recover. The Blackhawks have already clinched a playoff spot but they'll need to pass San Jose in the standings in order to secure home ice for the first round.
Jonathan Toews, C3/30/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews left Sunday's game with an upper-body injury.
Insight: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik absolutely leveled Toews into the boards in the second period. Toews appeared to hit both his right shoulder and his head. Chicago is already without Patrick Kane for the rest of the regular season so it cannot afford to lose Toews.
Marian Hossa, RW3/28/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa has just two points in his last six games.
Insight: Hossa scored his 27th goal of the season Friday against the Senators, one of his former franchises. He has 56 points in 65 games.
Patrick Sharp, LW3/28/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp scored his 31st goal of the season Friday at Ottawa.
Insight: Sharp has collected 14 points in 14 games this month, though just three of them were goals.
Brent Seabrook, D3/28/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his seventh goal of the season Friday at Ottawa.
Insight: It was his first goal since Jan. 12. Seabrook has 40 points, 141 SOG and a +28 in 75 games this season.
Bryan Bickell, LW3/27/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (upper body) will miss his fourth straight game Thursday, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Bickell (10 G, 2 A) is questionable for Friday's game, but he's not of any use for fantasy owners anyway.
Michal Rozsival, D3/27/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival is questionable for Thursday's game against Boston.
Insight: Rozsival has one goal this season with six assists and still has no fantasy value.
Bryan Bickell, LW3/27/2014 3:21:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (upper body) is questionable for Thursday's game against Boston.
Insight: Tuesday was the third straight game Bickell (10 G, 2 A) has missed. Forwards with that few points, a minus rating and just 23 PIM have no usefulness for fantasy owners.
Bryan Bickell, LW3/25/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (upper body) will not play Tuesday against the Stars, but he will travel with the team for its upcoming three-game road trip. SOURCE: Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune
Insight: Tuesday will be the third straight game Bickell (10 G, 2 A) has missed.
Michal Rozsival, D3/21/2014 11:33:00 AM
Description: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival is questionable for Friday's game against Carolina.
Insight: Rozsival has one goal this season with six assists and has no fantasy value at this time.
Brandon Saad, LW3/21/2014 11:31:00 AM
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad was not in the lineup on Wednesday night and is questionable for Friday's game against Carolina.
Insight: It was the second game he's missed with an upper-body injury. The hope is that Saad (19 goals, 25 assists) will return Friday against the Hurricanes.
Corey Crawford, G3/19/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford earned his second shutout of the season Wednesday against St. Louis.
Insight: Crawford made 23 saves. He's tied with Anaheim's Jonas Hiller for ninth in the league in victories (27 each).
Patrick Kane, RW3/19/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Chicago right wing Patrick Kane left Wednesday night's game with a lower body injury.
Insight: According to Chris Kuk of the Chicago Tribune, the injury isn't considered serious. For now, we'll consider him day-to-day.
Brandon Saad, LW3/19/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad was not in the lineup on Wednesday night. SOURCE: Blackhawks on Twitter
Insight: It's the second game he's missed with an upper-body injury. The hope is that Saad (19 goals, 25 assists) will return Friday against the Hurricanes.
Duncan Keith, D3/18/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored his first goal since Dec. 17 Tuesday against the Flyers.
Insight: Keith only has four goals in 68 games this season, but with 50 assists he's still one of the top-scoring defensemen.
Brandon Saad, LW3/18/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (upper body) will not play Tuesday against the Flyers, but he may be back Wednesday, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: He suffered the injury Sunday against Detroit. Saad has slumped lately, scoring one goal with three assists in his last 11 games.
Marian Hossa, RW3/16/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa returned from a five-game absence with a bang Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: Hossa had one goal, two assists, three SOG and a +2 differential in Chicago's victory. The veteran has 25 goals, 53 points and a +27 in 58 games this season.
Marian Hossa, RW3/16/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (upper body) will return to the lineup from a five-game absence Sunday, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Be sure to get Hossa and his 24 goals, 26 assists, 193 SOG and +25 rating back in your fantasy lineup.
Marian Hossa, RW3/14/2014 6:46:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (upper body) will not play Friday.
Insight: Hossa will miss his fifth straight game. He's targeting Sunday or Tuesday for his return.
Marian Hossa, RW3/12/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa could return to the lineup later this weekend. SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: Hossa has missed Chicago's last three games with an upper-body injury. The team has lost two out of three during his absence. Hossa is one of five Blackhawks with at least 50 points this season.
Marian Hossa, RW3/8/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (upper body) could return to skating next week and play the following week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Hossa (24 goals, 26 assists) left last Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury and was given a timetable of 2-3 weeks, so this is only an update to note that Hossa is on schedule. Brandon Saad has taken Hossa's place on the top line in the interim and had an assist and five SOG Thursday.
Andrew Shaw, C3/6/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw went berserk Thursday in a win against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: It's good to know Shaw (two goals, four shots, +3) still exists after going almost two months without scoring. Thursday was Shaw's second multi-goal effort of the season. We'll see if the resurgence continues Sunday versus Buffalo.
Jonathan Toews, CHot3/6/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Don't look now. Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is heating up.
Insight: Toews contributed two goals in Thursday's win against Columbus. That gives him five tallies in his last three appearances. Toews' +24 rating this season ties him with Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm for 15th in the league.
Marian Hossa, RW3/3/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (upper body) will miss 2-3 weeks, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Hossa (24 goals, 26 assists) left Saturday's game against Pittsburgh with the injury. The 35-year-old has provided 50 points (24 goals), 193 SOG and a +25 differential in 57 games this season. His injury will allow Brandon Saad to join Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp on the top line.
Marian Hossa, RW3/2/2014 2:43:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa is day-to-day with an upper body injury. SOURCE: Scott Powers, ESPN Chicago
Insight: Hossa (24 goals, 26 assists) left last night's win over Pittsburgh in the first period. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's matchup with Colorado.
Jonathan Toews, C3/2/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Even a blizzard couldn't stop Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews from scoring two goals Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: In case you weren't able to watch, this game was played outside at Soldier Field. Toews also assisted on Patrick Sharp's goal in the first period. This was just Toews' second game since winning gold with Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
Johnny Oduya, D2/27/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya is probable for Thursday's game against the NY Rangers due to a lower-body injury.
Insight: He's not much of a fantasy asset with 13 points in 58 games, but at least he's a +7 rating with 60 SOG.
Marian Hossa, RW2/18/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Marian Hossa scored two of Slovakia's three goals Tuesday in a loss to the Czech Republic.
Insight: Hossa led both squads with five shots on goal. The loss eliminates Slovakia from the Olympic tournament.
Johnny Oduya, D2/6/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya is questionable for Friday's game against Phoenix due to a lower-body injury.
Insight: He's not much of a fantasy asset with 13 points in 58 games, but at least he's a +7 rating with 60 SOG.
Patrick Kane, RW2/6/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane will miss Friday's game against Phoenix due to a death in the family.
Insight: Kane won't return to the Blackhawks until after the Olympics. The 25-year-old has 63 points and 195 SOG in 59 games. He's a must start when available.
Marian Hossa, RW1/29/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Chicago right wing Marian Hossa netted two goals in Tuesday's loss to Calgary.
Insight: His goal in the second period was his 29th career shorthanded goal. Hossa (23 goals, 22 assists) is having another remarkable season and deserves to be starting in all formats.
Duncan Keith, D1/26/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (flu) will play Sunday against Winnipeg, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Keith was probable for the game so this isn't a surprise. With 46 points (three goals), 131 SOG and a +19 differential in 52 games this season, Keith has been one of the top defensemen in fantasy.
Duncan Keith, D1/25/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (flu) is expected to play Sunday, according to espnchicago.com.
Insight: With 46 points (three goals), 131 SOG and a +19 differential in 52 games this season, Keith has been one of the top defensemen in fantasy.
Marian Hossa, RW1/17/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa is probable for Friday's game against Anaheim due to illness.
Insight: Hossa is a must start when is uniform. He's scored 17 times with 22 assists in 44 games this season. Add in a +24 rating and 151 SOG to top off a stud fantasy winger.
Marian Hossa, RWHot1/17/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa came up big with two goals on eight shots Friday against the Ducks to help Chicago win 4-2 over the NHL's top team.
Insight: The Blackhawks are now four points behind Anaheim for first in the Western Conference with 73 points. Hossa has generated at least one point in four straight games with four goals and six points in that span.
Nikolai Khabibulin, G1/7/2014 6:23:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder on Tuesday. He'll be out for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Chicago
Insight: His recovery timetable is 4-to-5 months. The 40-year-old wouldn't have been a factor had he been healthy anyway. Khabibulin is buried behind Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta on the team's depth chart.
Antti Raanta, GHot1/4/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have decided to keep goalie Antti Raanta over veteran Jason LaBarbera. LaBarbera was assigned to AHL Rockford Saturday, according to blackhawks.nhl.com.
Insight: Starter Corey Crawford returned from a lower-body injury on Thursday, leaving Chicago with three goaltenders. Raanta was named the co-winner of the NHL Rookie of the Month award in December and is 11-1-3 with a 2.27 GAA and a .911 SV% this season. He'll stay up as Crawford's backup.
Brandon Saad, LWHot1/3/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad has scored three goals in his last four games.
Insight: The 21-year-old picked up his 15th goal of the season Friday against the Devils and has 31 points, a +14 and 84 SOG in 44 games.
Patrick Sharp, LWHot1/3/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp notched his second hat trick in the last five games Friday at New Jersey.
Insight: Sharp has been ridiculously hot over his last 13 games, scoring 14 goals with 21 points in that span. The 32-year-old has 25 goals and 45 points in 44 games this season. He's now a +22 after registering a +4 differential Friday.
Brent Seabrook, D1/2/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored his fifth goal of the season Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Chicago's top-two defenseman, Duncan Keith and Seabrook, have combined for eight goals and 68 points this season. Seabrook has 29 of those points to go with 80 SOG and a +19 differential in 43 games.
Corey Crawford, G1/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Corey Crawford will start Thursday against the Islanders after missing nearly a month due to a lower-body injury. SOURCE: Scott Powers, espnchicago.com
Insight: Crawford has been out since Dec. 8. He's 17-6-3 with a 2.47 GAA and a .907 SV%. Rookie Antti Raanta started the last 10 games and is 10-1-3 with a 2.21 GAA and a .913 SV% this season, but he'll go back to a bench role.
Antti Raanta, GHot12/30/2013 1:59:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Antti Raanta has played very well in a substitute role for injured Corey Crawford, but his playing time is about to be cut drastically.
Insight: Regular starter Corey Crawford is expected back sometime this week. Raanta has posted a 9-1-3 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .906 SV%.
Corey Crawford, G12/30/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, expected to miss about three weeks with a lower body injury, could be back in the lineup later this week.
Insight: That means Antii Raanta's days of fantasy relevance could be coming to an end. Crawford owns a 17-6-3 record this season to go along with a 2.47 GAA and a .907 SV%.
Jonathan Toews, C12/28/2013 9:20:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews generated two goals and two assists in Friday's lopsided win over the Avalanche.
Insight: And he did it in just 16:51 of playing time, the second-fewest minutes he's logged in a game this season. Toews (15 goals, 23 assists) is having another terrific year for Chicago and should continue to put up about a point per game as the season rolls on.
Patrick Sharp, LWHot12/28/2013 9:15:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp delivered a hat trick in Friday's 7-2 victory over the Avalanche.
Insight: Not a bad way to celebrate your 32nd birthday. The hat trick was the third of Sharp's career. He's scored five times on 11 shots over his last two games.
Antti Raanta, G12/27/2013 4:06:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Antti Raanta will start Friday against the Avalanche.
Insight: Regular starter Corey Crawford is still out with a lower-body injury.
Bryan Bickell, LW12/17/2013 12:20:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (leg) missed abour three weeks, but has been activated and is ready to return to the ice Tuesday against Nashville.
Insight: Bickell has five goals and one assist in 22 games, with a dozen PIM and 35 SOG. He's only once scored more than 24 points in a season (2010).
Brandon Saad, LWHot12/14/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scored a goal Saturday to extend his scoring streak to four games. He was also one of two Chicago players with a positive +/- in a 7-3 loss to Toronto.
Insight: Saad has scored four goals and six points during the streak and has 25 points (12 goals) and a +18 this season.
Duncan Keith, D12/11/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had two assists and three SOG Tuesday to snap a three game scoring drought.
Insight: Keith put together an eight-game points streak from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3 and has one goal, 26 assists, 84 SOG and a +15 in 33 games. He ranks second among defensemen and 27th overall in Yahoo! leagues.
Brandon Saad, LWHot12/11/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad has scored four goals in his last four games.
Insight: Saad had two goals Tuesday at Dallas, giving him a career-high 11. He's also posted 12 assists, 64 SOG and a +16 in 33 games.
Corey Crawford, G12/10/2013 8:02:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Corey Crawford is expected to miss three weeks with a lower body injury. SOURCE: Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune
Insight: That leaves Antii Raanta as the only healthy netminder on the team's roster. He'll be in net Tuesday against Dallas.
Corey Crawford, G12/9/2013 7:36:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (lower body) will not travel to Dallas for Tuesday's game, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Crawford suffered a lower body injury Sunday against Florida. Backup Antti Raanta will fill in until Crawford returns.
Andrew Shaw, C12/7/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw (upper body) will return to the lineup Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Shaw was checked into the boards late in Tuesday's game and missed the last two games. The 22-year-old has eight goals, 17 points, 23 PIM and 57 SOG in 29 games.
Kris Versteeg, RW12/7/2013 9:37:00 AM
Description: Kris Versteeg has scored two goals with five assists and 22 SOG in 12 games since Florida traded him to Chicago.
Insight: Versteeg, who is in his second stint with the Blackhawks, had the same exact goal and assist total in 18 games with the Panthers, but he was a -9 compared to a +2 with Chicago. He's not a good fantasy option in most leagues.
Michal Handzus, C12/6/2013 7:14:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Michal Handzus (illness) will return to the lineup Friday against the Ducks.
Insight: Handzus missed the last two games with an illness. He has one goal, four points and nine SOG in 13 games this season and can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Andrew Shaw, C12/6/2013 7:13:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw (upper body) will not play Friday, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Shaw was checked into the boards late in Tuesday's game and missed Thursday's contest. The 22-year-old has eight goals, 17 points, 23 PIM and 57 SOG in 29 games.
Antti Raanta, G12/6/2013 7:03:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Antti Raanta has been confirmed as the starter for Friday's game against the Ducks.
Insight: Regular starter Corey Crawford played Thursday against the Wild. Raanta has made two starts since being called up following an injury to Nikolai Khabibulin in mid-November.
Andrew Shaw, C12/4/2013 9:16:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw will miss Thursday's game against the Wild, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Shaw was checked into the boards late in Tuesday's game and was slow to get up. The 22-year-old has eight goals, 17 points, 23 PIM and 57 SOG in 29 games.
Michal Handzus, C12/4/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Michal Handzus (illness) will miss a second straight game Thursday against the Wild.
Insight: Handzus has one goal, four points and nine SOG in 13 games this season. He can be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Marian Hossa, RW11/30/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a goal and one assist Saturday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Hossa missed three games this month due to an injury and two while his wife was ill in the hospital, but as usual he produced when in the lineup. He finished with six goals and 10 points in 10 November games.
Patrick Kane, RWHot11/28/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane has produced a point in 12 straight games.
Insight: He scored two goals Wednesday at Calgary, bringing his total to 15 for the season. The 25-year-old has 28 points (11 PPP) and 80 SOG in 26 games.
Antti Raanta, G11/27/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Chicago goalie Antti Raanta will make his first NHL start Wednesday night.
Insight: Raanta was called up from the AHL when Nikolai Khabibulin went on injured reserve in mid-November. He won't get many chances to play behind Corey Crawford.
Marian Hossa, RW11/26/2013 5:11:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (personal) has returned to the team and will play Wednesday at Calgary, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Hossa missed the last two games. His wife was in the hospital due to an illness but is feeling better now.
Marian Hossa, RW11/25/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa has to tend to a family matter and won't play Monday against the Oilers, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Hossa missed three straight games with a lower-body injury before returning for one game Thursday, then missed Saturday's contest
Michal Handzus, C11/23/2013 4:11:00 PM
Description: Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he expects center Michal Handzus (upper body) to "rejoin us real soon," according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Handzus will either return Monday at Edmonton or Wednesday at Calgary after missing his 14th straight game Saturday. He has one goal and three points in nine games this season.
Marian Hossa, RW11/23/2013 4:09:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa has to tend to a family matter and won't play Saturday against the Canucks, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Hossa missed three straight games with a lower-body injury before returning for one game Thursday.
Brent Seabrook, D11/21/2013 10:44:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook finished Thursday game at Winnipeg with a +4 differential, giving him a +10 this season.
Insight: Seabrook also had two assists in the game. He has one goal and 13 assists this season.
Jonathan Toews, CHot11/21/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews had four points Thursday against the Jets.
Insight: He had one goal and three assists. The 25-year-old has offered his usual production this season, scoring 11 goals and adding 12 helpers.
Patrick Kane, RWHot11/21/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane extended his scoring streak to nine games with a goal and one assist Thursday at Winnipeg.
Insight: Kane has scored five goals with 13 points and a +6 during the streak. He's still a -3 for the season but has 12 goals and 24 points in 23 games.
Marian Hossa, RW11/21/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) had a goal, one assist, two SOG and a +3 in his return to the lineup Thursday at Winnipeg.
Insight: Hossa missed three straight games with a lower-body injury. He has 10 goals, 17 points, 77 SOG and a +15 in 20 games this season.
Bryan Bickell, LW11/21/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell (leg) will miss 2-3 weeks, according to Tracey Myers of csnchicago.com.
Insight: Bickell has five goals and one assist in 22 games, with a dozen PIM and 35 SOG. He won't be missed in fantasy leagues.
Marian Hossa, RW11/21/2013 1:59:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) is probable for Thursday's game against Winnipeg.
Insight: Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury and missed two more games as well. He's been a very good asset for fantasy owners with 15 points (9 G, 6 A) and plus 12 rating and 75 SOG in 19 games.
Bryan Bickell, LW11/21/2013 1:57:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell is out indefinitely with a left leg injury.
Insight: Bickell has five goals and one assist in 22 games, with a dozen PIM and 35 SOG. That won't get it done for fantasy owners.
Marian Hossa, RW11/19/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) will remain out of the lineup for a third straight game Tuesday against Colorado.
Insight: Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury and missed Sunday's game as well. He's been a very good asset for fantasy owners with 15 points (9 G, 6 A) and plus 12 rating and 75 SOG in 19 games.
Marian Hossa, RW11/19/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) did not play in Sunday's game against the Sharks and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Colorado
Insight: Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury. He's been a very good asset for fantasy owners with 15 points (9G, 6A) and plus 12 rating and 75 SOG in 19 games.
Marian Hossa, RW11/17/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (lower body) is not playing in Sunday's game against the Sharks.
Insight: Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury. Chicago next plays Tuesday at Colorado.
Nikolai Khabibulin, G11/16/2013 8:56:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin left Saturday's game in the first period due to an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Corey Crawford.
Insight: The 40-year-old Khabibulin left the ice hunched over, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. Khabibulin made just three starts previously this season and allowed 12 goals in 152 minutes.
Marian Hossa, RW11/16/2013 8:18:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa was a late scratch Saturday due to a lower-body injury, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Insight: Coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa missed Friday's practice for rest purposes, but he's dealing with something in his lower body.
Nikolai Khabibulin, G11/16/2013 5:34:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will draw the start Saturday at Nashville.
Insight: The 40-year-old Khabibulin has made just three starts previously this season and allowed 12 goals in 152 minutes (4.73 GAA). Even against a Predators team that has lost four straight games and scored two goals total in that span, he's not a good play Saturday.
Kris Versteeg, RW11/16/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Kris Versteeg will play with Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell in his Blackhawks debut Saturday night.
Insight: The Blackhawks traded two prospects to the Panthers for Versteeg and Philippe Lefebvre Thursday. The 27-year-old Versteeg played on Chicago's 2009-10 Stanley Cup winning team. He had two goals, seven points and a -9 in 18 games with Florida this season.
Andrew Shaw, C11/12/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday. SOURCE: Bob McKenzie, TSN
Insight: He'll earn $2 million annually. Shaw still has a year left on his current deal, which means he won't become a free agent until 2016. In 18 games this season, the 22-year-old has netted four goals with seven assists.
Marian Hossa, RW11/10/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa potted two goals in Saturday night's win over Dallas.
Insight: He led the team with six shots on net. Even in his mid-30s, Hossa continues to be a reliable scorer for the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Patrick Sharp, LW11/10/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp posted a season-high four assists in Saturday's win against Dallas.
Insight: That gives Sharp nine points over his last five contests. Sharp is projected for 72 points this season, which would be his highest point total since 2007 (74 points in 80 games).
Patrick Kane, RW11/6/2013 11:20:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal Wednesday against the Jets.
Insight: Chicago won 4-1 and Kane's first-period goal was the difference. He has nine goals and 14 points in 16 games this season. He was also a +2 Wednesday, bringing him to -7 for the season.
Brad Mills, C11/3/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Brad Mills is doubtful for Sunday's game against Calgary with a lower body injury.
Insight: Mills has only played three games this season and has yet to score, land in the penalty box and has just two SOG. Fantasy owners can ignore him.
Andrew Shaw, C10/30/2013 10:31:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw found the net twice in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Ottawa.
Insight: The 22-year-old tied a season-high by firing four shots on goal. He remains widely available in fantasy leagues (4.5 percent ownership on ESPN).
Marian Hossa, RW10/29/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Chicago right wing Marian Hossa registered three points, including one goal, Tuesday against the Senators.
Insight: Hossa took five SOG in the game and has five goals, 10 points and 50 SOG in the first 13 games this season.
Jonathan Toews, CHot10/29/2013 10:47:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews had his third career regular season hat trick Tuesday against Ottawa.
Insight: Toews added an assist, giving him five goals and nine points during his five-game points streak.
Nikolai Khabibulin, G10/29/2013 6:23:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will start between the pipes Tuesday against the Senators.
Insight: The 40-year-old Khabibulin has started just two games this season and gave up six goals on 26 shots to the Lightning in his last one.
Michal Handzus, C10/28/2013 2:02:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Michal Handzus is dealing with an upper-body injury and is expected to miss Monday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Handzus has one goal and two assists over the first nine games this season. Brad Mills and Jeremy Morin are expected to see more playing time in his absence.
Michal Handzus, C10/26/2013 4:53:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Michal Handzus is dealing with an upper-body injury and "could be out for a little bit," coach Joel Quenneville said. SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Insight: Handzus has one goal and two assists over the first nine games this season. Brad Mills and Jeremy Morin are expected to see more playing time in his absence.
Patrick Sharp, RW10/15/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp scored his first goal of the season Tuesday against Carolina.
Insight: Sharp had 154 goals in 371 games (0.42 per game) from 2007-08 to 2011-12, but he only had six in 28 games during an injury-plagued 2012-13 season. He still took a ton of shots, but scored on a career-low .068 percent of them. He has one on 22 shots in the first six games this season.
Nikolai Khabibulin, G10/10/2013 5:15:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will get his first start of the season Friday against the Islanders.
Insight: Corey Crawford has started Chicago's first three games and is 1-1-1 with a 2.93 GAA and an .890 SV%. The 40-year-old Khabibulin went 4-6-1 with a 2.55 GAA and a .923 SV% in 12 appearances with the Oilers last season but isn't likely to be as valuable backing up Crawford as Ray Emery was last season.
Brandon Saad, LWHot10/6/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad has two goals and four points in the first two games this season.
Insight: Saad's fantasy value took a hit when the team abandoned plans to have him center the second line of Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, but the 20-year-old is off to a great start anyway. Two of his points have come on the power play.


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