Word on the Street: Bears looking at CFL WR?

Word on the Street: Bears looking at CFL WR?

Monday, Jan. 3, 2011
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Bears expected to check out CFL receiver

Canadian Israel Idonije was a great fit for the Chicago Bears, and it looks like the Bears will look north for another addition to their team.

Brad Biggs reports that the Bears are looking to schedule a workout for Andy Fantuz. The Canadian native led the Canadian Football League in receiving this past season, and has worked out for five NFL teams already. The 6-4 wide receiver weighs in at 220 pounds and made 87 receptions for 1,380 yards last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. (Chicago Tribune)

Bulls defense becoming one of the NBA's best

Tom Thibodeau is known for his emphasis on a strong defense and the Bulls are a reflection of that.

The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson reports that the Bulls have climbed to second behind Miami in opponents' field-goal percentage at .428 and third in opponents' 3-point percentage behind Atlanta and Miami at .336.

Despite the development, Thibodeau said his team still has room to improve.

"We still need to clean up some things in terms of how we're challenging shots and containing the ball," Thibodeau said. (Chicago Tribune)

Are the Bears ready for playoff football?

The loss to the Green Bay Packers had no impact on the post season for the Chicago Bears, but CSNChicago.com's John Mullin says it was "exactly what the Bears needed: a swift shot to the chops."

Despite a strong effort by the defense (who held the ninth-ranked scoring offense to 10 points and eighth-ranked yardage generator to 284), he says the performance of Mike Martz, Jay Cutler, and the offensive line should dispel any notion that the Bears are ready for playoff football. (CSNChicago.com)
Vikings announce interim coach Frazier to stay

The Minnesota Vikings announced that they have reached an agreement with Leslie Frazier to be their next coach. After Brad Childress was fired, the Vikings went 3-3 under the direction of ex-Bear Frazier. Frazier has interviewed for seven coaching vacancies over the past three years. (Chicago Tribune)

Toews in the lineup against Kings

For a team that has suffered many injuries this season, this is good news.

CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers reports that Jonathan Toews will be on the ice tonight when the Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings. The captain said this morning that hes not rushing back at all and has been happy with his healing since Tuesday.

Theresalways that side of things that you want to push it to get back as fastas you can but I can honestly say that I dont feel like theres anyrisk coming back tonight," Toews said. "It feels really good. I hit theice a couple times and I dont think I lost much. Hopefully Ill pickup where I left off. (CSNChicago.com)

Winter Classic ratings are in and...

The Washington Capitals' 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the rain at Heinz Field got a bump in ratings despite being delayed from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Winter Classic's television ratings were up 10 percent from last year's overtime game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins at Fenway Park. Plus, the clash of stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin saw 4.5 million viewers, up from 3.7 million last season. (Chicago Tribune)

Ex-Sox Olivo heading to Seattle

Former White Sox catcher Miguel Olivo has agreed to a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners worth 7 million. The deal, which brings Olivo to the Mariners for the second time in his career, also includs a club option for the 2013 season. Along with Olivo, the Mariners reportedly agreed to terms with former-Cardinal infielder Brendan Ryan. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

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Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks battle Bruins tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Scott Darling gets the nod.

Joel Quenneville is giving a struggling Corey Crawford a breather tonight, electing to go with Darling in the final game of the father's road trip. Darling is 11-4-2 with a 2.34 goals against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in 20 games this season. His numbers aren't as great on the road, where he is 4-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .901 save percentage compared to a 7-2-1 record with a 1.98 GAA and .928 save percentage at home, but he fared well against Boston last season. The Lemont native stopped 42 of 46 shots, good for a .913 save percentage, in a 6-4 win at the United Center last April.

2. The Panarin-Anisimov-Kane line.

The Blackhawks' trio of Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin had a rare zero points in Tuesday's 6-4 win over Colorado, but don't expect to see that again. In fact, it could be the opposite. In their last meeting against the Bruins, a 6-4 win on April 3 during the 2015-16 season, they combined for 11 points (five goals, six assists), highlighted by a Kane hat trick that put him at 100 points on the season for the first time in his career. 

3. How the rookies build off a monsterous game.

In arguably the most well-rounded victory of the season Tuesday in Colorado, the Blackhawks had three rookies that had multi-point efforts. Vinnie Hinostroza had two goals, including the game winner. Tanner Kero had two goals and one assist, while Nick Schmaltz also had a goal and an assist. It was the top-six that was doing the heavy lifting earlier in the season, now the bottom-six is slowly starting to contribute on a consistent basis. The Blackhawks will be in great shape if they can confidently roll four lines that have the potential to find the back of the net on any given shift.

4. Patrice Bergeron vs. Jonathan Toews.

Two of the best two-way centers in the league will go head-to-head, and it's always a fun matchup to watch. Bergeron leads the league with 597 faceoff wins, and is ranked fifth with a 58.4 percentage at the dot while Toews ranks eighth in wins with 473 — despite missing nine games with a back injury — and sits at sixth with a 57.5 percentage. Both of the perennial Selke Trophy candidates have struggled offensively this season, with Bergeron recording only 21 points in 45 games and Toews with 22 points in 38 contests. Bergeron has been heating up as of late, though, scoring three goals and six assists in his last eight games. Bergeron also leads the league in possession numbers, with the Bruins controlling 61.9 percent of the even-strength shot attempts when he's on the ice.

5. Brad Marchand.

In September, Marchand inked an eight-year, $49 million deal and it's already paying dividends for the Bruins. He has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his last eight games, and 45 points total, which is by far the most on his team and tied for sixth in the NHL. He's 16 points away from tying his career high of 61 set last season, with a little less than half the year to go. He's also had great success against the Blackhawks. In his last six games against Chicago, dating back to the 2013-14 campaign, he has registered at least a point in all of them, scoring four goals and adding five assists. To make life more difficult, he's a player that enjoys getting under people's skin, so expect him to be a big factor tonight.

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