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Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rozsival scored his first postseason goal since the 2007-08 season on Saturday when he gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead against the Blues.
Impact: At the time in the 2007-08 season, Rozsival was with the New York Rangers. He's had plenty of chances, especially with the Blackhawks last season when they went on to win the Stanley Cup. Rozsival made the most of his shots on Saturday since he only had two for the game.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford made 27 saves in Saturday's 4-3 OT loss in Game 2 of the opening-round series against the Blues.
Impact: The winner came on a remarkably screened shot that somehow made it through a forest of legs in front and snuck between his pads. He was livid in the dressing room after the game and tossed his equipment around the locker room before meeting with reporters.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saad set up two goals in Saturday's OT loss to St. Louis.
Impact: He has three helpers in two postseason games. It sure looks like that recent healthy scratch has lit a fire under him.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seabrook received a game misconduct penalty for a vicious hit on the Blues' David Backes during Saturday's Game 2, CSN's Tracy Myers reports.
Impact: Seabrook caught Backes with a forearm to the head, after the Blues' center had given up the puck. Backes' head smacked back against the boards, and he exited the game with what will likely be diagnosed as a concussion. There's no question that the hit was dirty, and injuring a star player certainly won't help Seabrook's chances of avoiding a suspension. The NHL would probably prefer not to suspend key players during the playoffs, but this hit was indefensible.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Seabrook picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's playoff-opening loss to the Blues.
Impact: In one game, Seabrook's already reached half of his point total from last year's 23-game Stanley Cup run. However, last year saw his offensive production slip both in the regular season and the playoffs, while Seabrook brought his scoring rate back to its expected half-point-per-game level this season. Perhaps that means he's slated to make a bigger playoff impact -- good news for the Blackhawks, if so.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kane skated 28:31 in Thursday's triple-overtime Game 1 loss to the Blues, scoring a goal on six shots.
Impact: It's good to see Kane affected little enough by the knee injury that forced him out at the end of the regular season. The fact that he was able to handle 37 shifts in this marathon is a promising sign for the games to come.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Toews dished out a pair of assists while winning 21 of 31 faceoffs in Thursday's triple-overtime Game 1 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Despite the losing outcome, it was a strong outing for Toews, who skated a whopping 32:37 in the first game of the playoffs after missing the last six games of the regular season with an arm injury.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford made 48 saves on 52 shots Thursday, but that 52nd shot was Alex Steen's game-winner 26 seconds into the third overtime of Game 1 against the Blues.
Impact: Crawford and Ryan Miller (39 saves) dueled for more than 100 minutes in this one, but it was Miller and the Blues who came out on top. After last year's spectacular Stanley Cup showing, much is expected out of Crawford in this year's playoffs.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Toews (upper body) says he feels "really good" and is expected to play in the Hawks' playoff opener Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Toews sounded pretty sure that he will be a go Thursday, and also stressed that he doesn't think the injury caused him to lose anything. With the Hawks' captain seemingly ready to go, the bigger question mark will be teammate Parick Kane (knee), who is less certain to play Thursday. Chicago will likely need both stars to play and stay healthy to make another deep playoff run.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kane (knee) will play in Game 1 against the Blues on Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: After sitting out the final 12 games of the season, Kane declared himself ready for the playoffs Monday. He finished the regular season with 29 goals and 40 assists through 69 games, and should slide back into his second-line right wing spot for the first-round matchup with the Blues.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Toews (arm) will play in Game 1 against the Blues on Thursday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Toews sat out the final six games of the regular season to heal up for the playoffs, and confirmed Monday that he's ready to go. Toews finished the regular season with the third-most points on the team -- 68 in 76 games -- and should be considered fully healthy heading into the Hawks' first-round matchup with the Blues.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Saad had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Saad has enjoyed a breakthrough fantasy season with 47 points.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Shaw had a goal with an assist Saturday.
Impact: Shaw is one point shy of 40.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morin scored a goal Saturday in the Blackhawks' regular-season-ending 7-5 loss to Nashville.
Impact: Morin continues to be hot, with four goals in five games, making his case for a place on the Hawks' playoff roster. He was recalled from Rockford of the AHL earlier in March after both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews went down with injuries. It was thought at first that Morin wouldn't make the postseason roster, but his play might have changed that.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hossa skated only 4:30 in the Blackhawks' regular-season finale Saturday, but scored his 30th goal in the 7-5 loss.
Impact: There was no mention of an injury after the contest and the game meant nothing to the Blackhawks in the standings, so Hossa was likely just being rested for the postseason. He should be good to go for the start of the playoffs, which is expected to be Thursday. The 30 goals and 60 points he gathered this year represent his highest totals since 2008-09, when he scored 40 goals and notched 71 total points in his lone season with the Red Wings.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raanta made 26 saves in Saturday's 7-5 loss to the Predators.
Impact: The Blackhawks were up 3-2 heading into the third, but the floodgates opened and the collapse began. Barring injury, Raanta will be on the bench throughout the postseason, so don't bother to put him on your playoff roster.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saad picked up two assists in Saturday's loss to the Predators. They are the first points he has scored in three games since his recent healthy scratch.
Impact: He has 47 points on the season, but had been in a serious slump before the benching. Hopefully this bounce-back is a signal he's more focused and ready for the postseason.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford will make way for backup Antti Raanta in the Blackhawks' regular season finale on Saturday night, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The game against Nashville on Saturday is meaningless as the club appears headed to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Blues. Crawford did not go out on a high note on Friday, allowing four goals on 20 shots in the loss to Washington. It almost appeared that he just wanted to get this game over and move on to the playoffs. In terms of the Blues, Crawford has a 2-1-1 record this season in four games with a 1.72 goals against average and a .935 save percentage along with one shutout.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kruger will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The 'Hawks are merely resting a few players before the playoffs begin.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Handzus will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks are resting some players, but Handzus isn't exactly a star, and his inclusion among the scratches indicates that he's a bit more banged up than some of the team's other forwards.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hjalmarsson will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: The 'Hawks are merely resting some key players in preparation for the playoffs. Also sitting Saturday are Duncan Keith, Marcus Kruger, and Michael Handzus.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keith will be scratched for a second consecutive game Saturday against the Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is resting some key players, and Keith should be fine for the playoffs. However, the consecutive scratches indicate that he may be a bit more banged up than the Blackhawks' other top skaters. Also scratched Saturday are Michael Handzus, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Marcus Kruger.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raanta will start Saturday's regular-season finale against the Nashville Predators, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: As expected, Raanta will get the nod in goal, as the 'Hawks rest starting goaltender Corey Crawford and top blueliner Duncan Keith, among others.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he will likely rest some key players Saturday against the Predators, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Duncan Keith was rested Friday, and prime candidates for rest Saturday include Sharp and Marian Hossa. The announcement of which players are resting may not come until right before the puck drops, making all of the key Hawks risky fantasy plays Sunday.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morin saw a four-game points streak and three-game goal streak end on Friday in a 4-0 loss to Washington.
Impact: Morin had been quietly productive the last week with three goals and five points. He's enjoying the extra ice time some of the Chicago forwards are seeing in the wake of injuries to some of its top forwards. Look for Morin's ice time to dwindle once the playoffs begin.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford allowed four goals on 20 shots in Friday's loss to Washington and was pulled from the game following the second period.
Impact: Crawford and the Hawks are still jockeying for home ice and a possible top seed in the Central Division playoffs, so a loss to the enigmatic Capitals on Friday did not help their chances. Consider Friday's effort a hiccup as Crawford will look to guide Chicago to its second straight Stanley Cup beginning next week.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday that Raanta will likely start Saturday's regular-season finale against the Nashville Predators, CSN Chicago's Tracey Meyers reports.
Impact: The Predators have been playing well recently, and Quenneville also mentioned that he'll likely rest some starters. That makes the matchup much worse than it would appear on paper, but Raanta at least gets one final start before Corey Crawford takes over for the playoffs.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keith will be scratched from Friday's lineup, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: There's likely not any injury at play; coach Joel Quenneville probably just wants Keith to get some rest before the team's postseason run. Michael Rozsival figures to get back in the lineup Friday with Keith unavailable.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Toews (arm) skated Thursday and, according to head coach Joel Quenneville, everything went well, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Toews will not play in the Blackhawks' final two regular season games, but it's likely that he will be good to go when postseason play begins next week.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford will be the starting goaltender in Friday's game against the Capitals, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: Something will have to give Friday night, as both Crawford and the opposing Capitals will be gunning for their fourth straight win. Crawford gave up four goals but still picked up a victory the last time he faced the Capitals, in Chicago's season opener.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Sharp scored 43 seconds into overtime to give Chicago a 3-2 win over Montreal on Wednesday.
Impact: Sharp has scored in three straight games, giving him a team-high 34 goals on the season. He is two away from matching his career high set in 2007-08.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford made 28 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over Montreal.
Impact: Crawford has posted a 1.94 GAA in winning each of his three games this month. With 32 victories, Crawford is one away from matching his career high set in 2010-11.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oduya (lower body) returned on defense Wednesday against the Canadiens, seeing 19:17 of ice time in the victory.
Impact: Oduya finished the game with a minus-1 rating, one shot on goal and a blocked shot over his 25 shifts. He missed the last three games with a lower-body injury.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford stopped 28 of 30 shots on goal in a 3-2 overtime win over Montreal on Wednesday.
Impact: The 29-year-old Montreal native moves to 2-0-2 against his hometown heroes. More importantly for his current employers, he has not given up more than three goals since late January. With two games remaining in the season, he could theoretically tie his career-high in wins (33), but it's likely head coach Joel Quenneville gives him a rest before the playoffs begin.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morin potted his fourth goal of the season and third in as many games in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against Montreal.
Impact: He's certainly making the most of his time this month. The former second-round pick (2009) of the Winnipeg Jets has three goals and two assists through four games in the month of April. Although he has just nine points in 36 games played, he's certainly worth considering in the final days of deeper league formats.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sharp had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory against Montreal.
Impact: Sharp extended both his goal-scoring streak and point streak to three games with his second game-winning goal of the season. One the league's elite, the 32-year-old winger is simply adding to his career-high 76 points and is just two goals shy of his career best 36 goals in the 2007-08 campaign.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rozsival, who was scratched from Wednesday night's tilt with the Canadiens, is "fine" according to coach Joel Quenneville, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Rozsival returned from a lower body injury last Friday, so there was some concern here that Wednesday's scratch may have been injury related. Quenneville dismissed this notion after the game, however, which suggests Rozsival is just getting some rest as the Blackhawks march towards the playoffs.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Keith registered an assist on Patrick Sharp's overtime game-winner in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Chicago.
Impact: After slumping through to the end of March, Keith now has four points in as many games in the month of April and is tied for fifth (Ryan Getzlaf of Anaheim) in the league in assists. Considering the 30-year-old Winnipeg native has almost doubled his assists total from the last two seasons combined, it's probably safe to say he should remain a staple in your lineup.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hossa scored the game-tying goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation and assisted on the overtime game-winner in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Montreal.
Impact: It's certainly encouraging to see, considering the 35-year-old's last multi-point effort came in mid-March against Detroit. While it has not been a stellar season by any means, he's just two goals shy of eclipsing the 30-goal mark for the seventh time in his career with two games remaining in the regular season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rozsival is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Canadiens, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Rozsival has recently returned from a lower body injury, but it's currently unclear whether he's a healthy scratch, or the injury has something to do with it. Look for either Sheldon Brookbank or David Rundblad to replace him in the Hawks' third defensive pairing.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Regin will be a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Canadiens, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: Regin had been skating the past three games on the third line with Bryan Bickell and Jeremy Morin. He will be replaced by Ben Smith as the third-line center. Regin has been in-and-out of the lineup since he was acquired from the Islanders in February. The Blackhawks are looking to form their lines for the upcoming playoffs so this is not a good sign for Regin heading to the postseason.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kane (lower body) skated at the team's morning skate Wednesday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Kane has been skating consistently over the last week, and although it's encouraging, he's still not expected to play before the playoffs begin. With a playoff spot already secured, the Hawks will rest Kane, along with captain Jonathan Toews (upper body), for the remainder of the regular season in hopes of making another run at the Stanley Cup.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford will be in the net Wednesday against the Canadiens, CSN Chicago reports.
Impact: Crawford has gotten back on track with wins in consecutive games, yielding only two goals apiece to quality teams in the Wild and Blues. He'll face another top-notch opponent in the Canadiens on Wednesday, but remains worth starting while he's on top of his game.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oduya (lower body) is expected back in the lineup Wednesday against the Canadiens.
Impact: Oduya has missed the previous three games with a lower-body injury, but his return to practice suggests he'll draw back in for the Blackhawks. The blueliner has 15 points and a plus-9 rating over 74 contests this season.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Smith scored another goal in a 4-2 win against St. Louis on Sunday.
Impact: Smith has three goals in as many games and a career-high 13 in his first full NHL season.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Morin scored and set up Patrick Sharp's go-ahead goal in the second period, and the injury-depleted Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday afternoon for their third straight win.
Impact: It was the first career multipoint game for Morin, who has three goals and six assists in 21 contests this season. He has two goals and two assists in his last three games.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morin scored a goal, picked up an assist and was plus-2 against the Blues on Sunday.
Impact: Morin is in the midst of the best stretch of his career, with four points in his last three games. With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane out, he's finally getting his chance, and he's had more than 13 minutes of ice time for two straight games.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford made 21 saves on 23 shots in a win over the Blues on Sunday.
Impact: A big win for the Blackhawks, and the 31st of the season for Crawford. He's also eighth in the league in GAA, and as long as Chicago is fighting for home-ice advantage in the first round, Crawford will likely continue to see the starts.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saad will return to the Chicago lineup Wednesday against Montreal, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Saad, who was a healthy scratch Sunday against the Blues, will check back into the Hawks' lineup with 45 points in 75 contests overall, but just one helper over his last nine outings.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saad will be a healthy scratch Sunday against the Blues, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Saad finds himself out of the lineup for a critical game against Western Conference-leading St. Louis in light of his recent struggles. He has only one assist and a minus-6 rating over his last seven games.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Toews (upper body) could get a taste of skating in practice later this week, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Impact: Toews is still out for the regular season, but the first day of the NHL playoffs is April 16. The Blackhawks are going to bring Toews along carefully to have him 100 percent for the start of the playoffs. "No hurry," Quenneville said. "We want to give him a break."
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kane (lower body) has skated each of the last two days, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: As Kane's activity level would suggest, coach Joel Quenneville said the forward has been doing well in his recovery from the lower-body injury. Assuming he endures no setbacks over the next week or so, he should be ready to play in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Handzus (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Sunday against the Blues.
Impact: Sidelined the previous two games with an undisclosed ailment, Handzus figures to return as the center for one of the Blackhawks' bottom two lines. Handzus provides more utility on defense than as a scorer, as he's compiled only 15 points in 56 games this season.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Oduya (lower body) will miss his third straight game Sunday against the Blues, ESPN Chicago reports.
Impact: The Blackhawks haven't suggested yet that Oduya's injury is a long-term concern, so there would seem to be good odds he gets back into the lineup at some point next week. Sheldon Brookbank will more than likely join the lineup Sunday in Oduya's place.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crawford will be in goal Sunday against the Blues.
Impact: After receiving the night off in the team's most recent game Friday against the Blue Jackets, Crawford will unsurprisingly return to the net for the Blackhawks. Chicago has already locked down a playoff spot, but a win over the conference-leading Blues would allow the team to better position itself for playing on home ice in the first round.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morin scored second goal of the season on Friday and is seeing extra ice time, as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are out for the remainder of the Hawks' regular season, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: With Toews and Kane out, Morin played back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday. Friday's goal against Columbus was the first game for Morin since Dec. 5, but he's spent most of his time at Rockford of the AHL. Morin has two goals and five assists at the NHL level in the 2013-14 season.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Raanta made 24 saves Friday for the 'Hawks.
Impact: Raanta was giving Corey Crawford a breather. Coach Joel Quenneville also knows any goalie he puts out there will beat the Jackets.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Keith was credited with three assists Friday for the 'Hawks.
Impact: Keith ended a four-game pointless run.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith scored a game-winning goal with just four seconds remaining in the third period Friday against the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Smith now has goals in back-to-back games, seeing over 18 minutes of ice time in each contest. Although that sort of production probably isn't enough to qualify yet as a hot streak, Smith is worth monitoring while he continues to log heavy minutes.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Crawford made 25 saves in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota.
Impact: Crawford is 5-1-0 with a 1.49 GAA in his last six home starts.