Niklas Hjalmarsson, who caught a puck in the head while sitting on the bench against New Jersey last week, will return to the Blackhawks’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center. The Hawks will still be down a defenseman, however, as Cam Barker will sit out. Coach Joel Quenneville said
Patrick Kane was named the NHL’s third star for December after hetting 20 points in 15 games. Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin (25 points in 15 games) was selected the league’s No. 1 star for the month and Phoenix goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was No. 2 after compiling an 8-2-3 record and 1.82 goals-against average. Kane had points
Patrick Kane was named to Team USA for February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Friday while teammate Dustin Byfuglien, also part of the preliminary roster for Team USA, wasn’t among the 23 players selected. Kane becomes the six Hawk to be named to an Olympic roster. Earlier Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky were picked to
Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky were named to Slovakia’s roster for February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver. It’ll be Hossa’s third selection to his national team and Kopecky’s first. The Hawks hope to get more Olympians when Canada names its team on Wednesday and the U.S. on New Year’s Day.
Winger Kris Versteeg and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the Blackhawks at Monday’s practice and made the trip to Dallas for Tuesday night’s game against the Stars. Both had missed the previous two games with flu-like symptoms.
Ben Eager has a history of concussions, and one caused him to miss 13 games earlier this season. Eager, after missing two games, returned to the ice at the Blackhawks’ morning skate on Tuesday and denied that concussion issues have surfaced again. The Hawks and Eager say he simply as an upper body injury. Coach
Goaltender Cristobal Huet was named the NHL’ s No. 1 star of the week after posting two shutouts and running his scoreless streak to 141 minutes 21 seconds. Huet stopped 47 shots in wins over St. Louis and Detroit to edge another goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh, for the top star honor. The Hawks, who
Ben Eager was called “doubtful” by coach Joel Quenneville for Sunday’s game against Detroit at the United Center. The Hawks say only that Eager has an upper body injury, but he was scratched Friday against Boston after participating in the morning skate. He has a history of concussions, and missed 13 games earlier in the
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will miss his first game of the season for the Blackhawks when they take on the Boston Bruins at the United Center. Coach Joel Quenneville said Hjalmarsson is “under the weather.” Jordan Hendry figures to make the lineup as a defenseman this time, and the Hawks also made a rare roster move
Coach Joel Quenneville meant it when he said rookie goaltender Antti Niemi would get consideration for more ice time. Niemi, who allowed just one goal in his last two starts — both of them in road games, will be between the pipes when the Tampa Bay Lightning visits the United Center of Sunday. Niemi has