Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp was on a mission in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Predators.
Insight: Sharp was all over the ice in the early going, and he seemed to get better as his confidence grew. Sharp had five shots on goal and scored Chicago's first goal, but the game got out of hand late as Nashville won, 6-2.
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling made 42 saves in relief of Corey Crawford versus the Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford allowed three goals in the first period as Chicago fell behind, 3-0. Blackhawks coach Joe Quenneville replaced Crawford with the rookie Darling, who was excellent and allowed Chicago to comeback and win. Darling was particularly good in overtime, stopping all 23 shots he faced. It will be interesting to see if the Blackhawks stick with Darling in Game to or go back to Crawford.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to beat the Predators, 4-3, in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: Keith scored on a shot from the point. It looked like Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne was screened and didn't see the shot. Keith also had an assist on the game-tying power-play goal from Jonathan Toews. Chicago fell behind, 3-0, in this game, but scored three times in the second and then scored the game-winner in double overtime.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had a goal and an assist in the, 4-3, victory over the Sabres on Friday.
Insight: It looked like the Blackhawks were going to cruise to victory when Keith and Patrick Sharp both scored in the first period, but the Sabres battled back to take the lead, 3-2, with 10 minutes to go. Jonathan Toews scored twice in the final two minutes to rescue the Blackhawks. Keith has 11 goals and 35 assists in 77 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews rescued Chicago in what could have been an embarrassing loss to the Sabres on Friday.
Insight: Chicago trailed Buffalo, 3-2, with under two minutes to go when Toews scored twice on even strength to give the Blackhawks the, 4-3, victory. Toews has 28 goals and 38 assists with a plus-31 rating in 78 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp scored a pair of goals on Saturday versus the Sharks.
Insight: Chicago and San Jose played a very even two period, but then the Blackhawks took over in the third, scoring four goals. Sharp scored in the first period and then again on the power play in the third. He led the team with six shots on net and a plus-three rating as well. Sharp has 12 goals and 22 assists in 54 games this season.
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad notched two points during Thursday's win over the Panthers.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots and a plus-two rating. Saad now has 19 goals and 42 points through 62 games this season. Teuvo Teravainen and Jonathan Toews also tallied for Chicago.
Description: The Blackhawks have placed winger Patrick Kane on long-term injured reserve according to NHL.com.
Insight: That means Kane will be out for at least 24 days or 10 games. Kane fell head-first into the boards on Tuesday after taking a cross check to the lower back. Some reports are saying he could miss more than 10 weeks.
Description: The Chicago Tribune is now reporting Kane could miss even more than 10 weeks due to his crash into the boards on Tuesday night.
Insight: The rumors continue to circle, and fantasy owners won't know anything for sure until Wednesday at the earliest. The reports, however, have all been negative, so at the very least, owners need a replace for the next month.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane left Tuesday's game after crashing head first into the boards against the Panthers.
Insight: Kane skated off the ice favoring his shoulder. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune tweeted he may have a broken collarbone, but he made it clear that has not been confirmed. He also reported Kane will miss more than six weeks and maybe as many as 10 weeks. ESPN also confirmed Kane will be out six to 10 weeks. Not good news for a guy who came into Tuesday as the leader in points.
Description: Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling played well in a spot start on Tuesday.
Insight: Darling made 34 saves in the shootout victory over the Panthers. He is 6-2-0 with a 1.96 GAA and .938 save percentage in eight starts, but since this was his first start in over two months, he isn't fantasy relevant.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford recorded 26 saves in the loss on Wednesday to the Red Wings.
Insight: Chicago never led in the game, but they did score twice within a minute of Detroit taking the lead. Crawford allowed two of three shootout attempts to slip past him, so the Red Wings won, 3-2.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson scored Chicago's only goal in the, 2-1, shootout victory over the Penguins on Sunday.
Insight: Chicago won a faceoff in the offensive zone early in the second period, and Hjalmarsson released a nasty, knuckling slap shot that beat Marc-Andre Fleury. Hjalmarsson, however, isn't fantasy relevant being that was just his second goal of the season.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 36 saves in the victory over the Penguins on Sunday.
Insight: Crawford struggled in the shootout, allowing two goals, but he did stop Kris Letang's attempt, and the Blackhawks converted all three of their shootout attempts. Chicago won, 2-1. Crawford is 23-12-3 this season.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored two goals and had an assist in the, 4-1, victory over the Ducks on Friday.
Insight: Kane assisted Jonathan Toews' goal in the first period to give Chicago a, 1-0, lead. Then, Kane put the game away with goals in the second and third period. Kane has 25 goals and 31 assists with a plus-13 rating this season.
Description: Blackhawks right winger Kris Versteeg could be sidelined longer than originally anticipated according to the Chicago Trbune.
Insight: Versteeg has been out since Jan. 1 with a hand injury. He was supposed to be out four weeks, but coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday that, "It's probably going to be a little bit more than that."
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in the victory over his former team on Wednesday.
Insight: Hossa only spent a few months in Pittsburgh, but the fans remember. Hossa did quiet the crowd at Consol Engery Center on Wednesday with an assist on David Rundblad's goal in the first period, and then Hossa scored a power-play goal in the second period. Chicago won in a shootout.
Description: Blackhawks center Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist against the Coyotes on Tuesday.
Insight: This was Teravainen's first multi-point game of his career. Teravainen was plus-two with shots on net. He has tremendous potential, but owners should continue to wait-and-see if he is worth adding in standard redraft leagues.
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's blowout victory over the Coyotes.
Insight: Shaw found the back of the net in the first and second periods. His first goal came on passes from Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell, and Duncan Keith received the helper on the second goal. Shaw amassed an incredible eight shots on net versus Arizona. Shaw has eight goals and six assists in 43 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta will get the nod Tuesday versus Arizona.
Insight: Chicago plays Wednesday night as well, with Corey Crawford likely starting that contest against Pittsburgh. Raanta is an intriguing daily option, as he owns a 6-3-0 record with a 1.96 GAA and .934 save percentage.
Description: Blackhawks center Teuvo Teravainen scored his first NHL goal of his career on Friday versus the Jets.
Insight: Blackhawks fans have been waiting for Teravainen to make an impact at the NHL level. Although the 20-year-old has potential, he isn't worth picking up in standard leagues. Perhaps he is worth a look in dynasty leagues.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored two goals and an assist in Saturday's, 5-2, victory over the Avalanche.
Insight: Kane scored the final goal of the first period to tie the game, 2-2, and then scored an empty-netter to seal the victory. Kane has 18 goals and 21 assists with a plus-10 rating in 36 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa scored two goals during Saturday's victory against the Predators.
Insight: Hossa has been off to a relatively slow start, and now has just five goals overall. He does have 19 points through 27 games, but owners should hope this game helps Hossa continue to light the lamp.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta stopped 38 shots to earn another victory since Corey Crawford went down with his injury.
Insight: Raanta allowed three goals, and Chicago won, 4-3. He now has a .951 save percentage in the last two victories since taking over for Crawford. It may be too late, but if not, add Raanta to your lineup right now.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist on Friday against the Canadiens.
Insight: Toews' goal tied the game on the power play a few minutes into the third period. He then set up Brandon Saad for the game-winner with less than 30 seconds left in regulation. Toews has 11 goals and 11 assists through 26 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks center Brad Richards scored a pair of goals in the Western Conference Finals rematch against the Kings on Saturday.
Insight: Richards has six goals and 10 assists this season, so he isn't producing like he used to, but if owners selected him at the right time, he may be providing some value. He is worth owning in deeper leagues.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored twice on Friday against the Ducks.
Insight: Kane scored about halfway through the second period and then added an empty-netter with a minute left in the game. Kane had eight shots on goal and finished plus-three. He has eight goals and 13 assists in 22 games this season.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane had two points in Saturday's win over Edmonton.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots on goal and a +1 rating on the night. Kane has now recorded a point in four-consecutive games and at least two points over his past three. He has eight goals and 18 points through 20 games, and it seems Kane is starting to really heat up.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was superb on Tuesday against the red-hot Lightning.
Insight: Crawford stopped 25-of-27 shots in regulation and overtime, then turned aside all three Lightning shootout attempts. Patrick Kane scored in the shootout, and Chicago won, 3-2. Crawford is now 6-3-1.
Description: Blackhawks center Brad Richards scored his third goal of the season on Tuesday.
Insight: Richards tied the game at one with a score at the 9:13 mark of the second period. Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad had the assists. Chicago went on to win in a shootout due to Patrick Kane's shootout goal.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was not particularly sharp in his return to the ice on Saturday.
Insight: Crawford allowed three goals on 27 shots for a .889 save percentage against the Maple Leafs. It was the goaltender's first game in two weeks. It was Crawford first regulation-loss this season.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators.
Insight: Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead about two minutes into the game, but the Blackhawks did not score again until overtime. Toews was plus-one with three shots and one hit in over 22 minutes of ice time.
Description: The Blackhaws will use the same lines Saturday as they did in the first game of the season on Thursday.
Insight: That means Andrew Shaw will be on the second line and Brad Richards the third. Shaw's fantasy value wins out over Richards' because the second line features Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad while the third line will be Richards with Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in a shootout against the Stars on opening night.
Insight: Kane had an assist on Patrick Sharp's goal in the third period that tied the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Kane was Chicago's second shooter in the shootout and easily put his shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Chicago won, 3-2.
Description: Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp will look to build off a career-best year.
Insight: He had 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists) in 2013-14, and just like most members on the Blackhawks, should be able to produce similar numbers. Sharp should be taken no later than the third round.
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad is an underrated member of the team.
Insight: He will begin the season on the Blackhawks top line, and after coming off a 47-point season in 2013-14, could be in line for a career-year. At 22-years-old, Saad should be a sleeper on owners' radars.
Description: Blackhawks center Brad Richards should be a good fit in Chicago.
Insight: He is coming off a 51-point season with the Rangers, and really should improve upon those numbers, as he will be playing alongside Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane. Expect around 60 points for Richards, in 2014-15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.