Blackhawks Weekly: 2 in a Row!

November 20, 2017

Although it’s been a slow week, it’s been a good one for the Chicago Blackhawks. They only suited up for two games, but won them both. Wednesday night saw the Hawks victorious over the New York Rangers, 6-3. On Saturday, they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at PPG Paints Arena. It marked their eighth straight win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, and their third two-game winning streak of the…

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Sergei Bobrovsky: Vezina Trophy Favorite

November 18, 2017

Sergei Bobrovsky is up to his old tricks again. Friday night, Bobrovsky pitched his 21st career shutout in a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers. He stopped all 36 shots thrown his way. The win was the third in a row by the Blue Jackets. They sit tied in points with both New Jersey and Pittsburgh on top the Metropolitan Division. Sergei Bobrovsky pitched his 21st career shutout on…

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Blue Jackets 3 Takeaways: Atkinson, Identity & Power-Play Panarin

November 18, 2017

This season, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature after every Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, meant to serve as postgame quick hits. 1) Contract Relief for Cam Atkinson The Blue Jackets officially extended forward Cam Atkinson’s contract Friday morning with a seven-year, $40.25 million deal. It was a huge relief for the 28-year-old, and it showed in Friday night’s 2-0 win over the New York Rangers. “I…

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4 Blackhawks to Watch

November 17, 2017

A little over a month into the 2017-18 season, the Chicago Blackhawks have had their fair share of ups and downs. After a successful matchup against the New York Rangers, the future of the Blackhawks looks bright. Veterans like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have been successful as of late, but plenty of the younger Hawks show plenty of promise. Here are four players to watch for the rest of the season. John Hayden…

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Blue Jackets Extend Atkinson

November 17, 2017

The Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Cam Atkinson have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension worth $40.25 million. The deal comes with an annual cap hit of $5.75 million per season and was originally reported by Aaron Portzline of the Athletic on Thursday night. EXCLUSIVE: The Athletic: #CBJ, Cam Atkinson agree to terms on 7-year contract extension https://t.co/sk07PxPIaU pic.twitter.com/1MKU0ataQm — Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) November 17, 2017 A sixth-round…

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Hockey Suddenly Not So Hard for Laine

It seems hard to believe now, but it wasn’t that long ago Patrik Laine was lamenting how tough hockey was for him. That self-pity, thankfully, hasn’t lasted long. Laine recently had a five-game goal streak snapped, but he added an assist against the Arizona Coyotes to push his point streak to six games. This brings his totals up to nine goals and 13 points in 17 games. Oddly enough, it…

November 16, 2017
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Can Dubnyk Keep This Run Going?

With a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk posted his third straight shutout. He has turned back 103 shots against the Montreal Canadiens and a back-to-back against the Flyers, with a shutout streak of more than 195 minutes. There’s obviously not a hotter goalie in the league right now, and Dubnyk’s shutout streak will come to an end at some point. But can…

November 15, 2017
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Predators Smith Comes Back to Life

All too often, fans of the Nashville Predators found themselves shrugging their shoulders when Craig Smith had the puck last season. Whether he was wide open for a one-timer, on a breakaway with nobody in sight, or staring down a wide open net – he just couldn’t put the puck in the back of the net even when it was almost impossible for him to miss. After a paltry 2016-17 season,…

November 15, 2017
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Blue Jackets 3 Takeaways: Lacking Offense, Werenski & Bobrovsky

November 15, 2017

This season, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature after every Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, meant to serve as postgame quick hits. 1) Where’s the Jackets’ Offense? If a team does not score, they do not win the hockey game. The Blue Jackets are putting that to the test by only scoring four goals in regulation in their last four games. They have managed to win two…

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Blackhawks Weekly: The Roller-Coaster Continues

November 14, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks’ fans saw just about everything from their team this past week. The Hawks showed no sense of urgency last Thursday in Philadelphia, losing 3-1. In Carolina on Saturday, they got off to another slow start, but managed to claw their way back and pull out a 4-3 overtime win. Finally, they had a great first period Sunday against the New Jersey Devils, only to blow their lead and…

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