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Blackhawks must get traffic in front of Luongo

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Blackhawks must get traffic in front of Luongo

Thursday, April 14, 2011Posted: 5:02 PM Updated: 7:00 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Roberto Luongo saw many of the Chicago Blackhawks' shots that came his way in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

The Blackhawks talked of getting traffic in front of Luongo, a strategy that works in front of the Vancouver goaltender well, make that any goaltender. But it wasnt there in Game 1.

It has to be for Game 2.

The Blackhawks know they need to get bodies in front of Luongo, who recorded a 32-save shutout against them on Wednesday.

No goalie likes it, defenseman Chris Campoli said. Hanging around his crease just causes confusion. Its tough on them. Going forward, were going to try and make that part of the game plan. Its a part of the game we need to exploit.

Luongo was bumped, screened and generally messed with by the Blackhawks last season en route to their series victory over Vancouver. Yes, they had Dustin Byfugliens big body in his way last year. But any body, big or small, is better than no body.

Last year, they had Buff and guys like that. We dont have that this year but we have a few guys who can do that, said forward Michael Frolik. You do what you have to do.

Quenneville said everyone is responsible for net traffic.

Its by committee. We need to give ourselves chances, whether its on a power play or 5-on-5, he said. If (Luongo) he sees the puck he tends to stop it.

Bolland out

Dave Bolland is out of Game 2 as he continues to work back from his concussion. He skated with the Blackhawks scratches on Thursday. Quenneville said Bollands progress was encouraging. But right now hes just OK.

Bolland said on Monday that it was frustrating recovering from the concussion.

Its a drain to your body, a drain to your mind, he said. (The hazy feeling) is still there a little but thats the way they go. Youre going to have your ups and downs and roller coaster. Ill play when I feel great, whenever I feel ready.

Slow starts

The Blackhawks are certainly no strangers to being down 1-0 in a playoff series. Defenseman Brian Campbell doesnt know why it happens, but the Hawks have been resilient in coming back before.

For some reason, we tend to get off to a bumpy start. Obviously there are no excuses for that. Hopefully we can learn from mistakes going forward. Its the situation were in. We cant change it now.

Briefly

Quenneville said theres a good chance that Fernando Pisani is back in the lineup if Tomas Kopecky is unable to go for Game 2. Quenneville said they will also discuss the possibility of John Scott playing.

Except for Game 1 scratches and Rockford call-ups, the Blackhawks did not skate on Thursday. We decided to just have a morning skate (Friday) and be ready to go (for Game 2), Quenneville said.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Where does Patrick Kane rank among Hart Trophy candidates for 2017-18 season?

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Where does Patrick Kane rank among Hart Trophy candidates for 2017-18 season?

Patrick Kane is among the Hart Trophy candidates for the 2017-18 season, but what are his early odds to reclaim the title?

The 28-year-old Blackhawks star followed up an 106-point campaign in which he became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophy by finishing tied for second in the NHL with 89 points last season.

But he's facing some tougher odds going into this year.

Bovada revelead Wednesday that Connor McDavid is the front-runner to repeat at 3/2 odds, followed by Sidney Crosby (5/2), Auston Matthews (17/2) and Alex Ovechkin (9/1). Kane ranks fifth at 14/1.

Here's the rest of the list:

  • Vladimir Tarasenko: 15/1
     
  • Evgeni Malkin: 16/1
     
  • Carey Price, John Tavares: 20/1
     
  • Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos: 25/1
     
  • Erik Karlsson, Nikita Kucherov: 33/1
     
  • Jack Eichel, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrik Laine, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin: 50/1
     
  • Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns, Braden Holtby, Phil Kessel, Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski: 60/1


A couple solid value picks would be Karlsson at 33/1 and Burns at 60/1, both of whom made strong cases to be in that conversation last year as defensemen.

You'll also notice Panarin as a darkhorse candidate. It will be interesting to see how Kane and Panarin fare without each other in the prime of their careers. Who knows, maybe they'll be sharing the stage together as finalists in Las Vegas next June.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.

Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.

Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.

Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: