Here is my Hawk Watch from Friday’s Sun-Times with a little bit extra here and there:
All six of the Hawks in the Winter Games have played at least one game so far. Here is a run down of how they played:
Nikolai Khabibulin hasn’t played much this season for the Edmonton Oilers. Injuries have limited the former Hawks goalie and Stanley Cup winner to just 18 games this season. And now, things have taken another bad turn for Khabibulin.
The Hawks recalled center Jake Dowell Sunday from the Rockford IceHogs, and placed center John Madden on injured reserve. Dowell was called up because Marian Hossa is “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hossa left Saturday’s shootout against the Atlanta Thrashers after enduring a hard hit from Colby Armstrong in the third
Kim Johnsson, the Blackhawks’ newly-acquired defenseman, went through Saturday’s morning skate and will be paired with Jordan Hendry against the Atlanta Thrashers in the last home game before the NHL breaks for the Winter Olympics. Johnsson, picked up from the Minnesota Wild in a deal that sent defenseman Cam Barker to the Wild just before
The Blackhawks have traded defenseman Cam Barker to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defensemen Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy. Johnsson, 33, has six goals and eight assists with a plus-3 rating in 52 games this season. Leddy was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Antti Niemi’s good play in the Blackhawks’ last two games is being rewarded. The rookie from Finland will start in goal for the third straight game when the Atlanta Thrashers visit the United Center on Saturday. It’ll be the first time that Niemi starts three games in a row. He was in goal for victories