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Crawford earns start, Turco has no hard feelings

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Crawford earns start, Turco has no hard feelings

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010
1:23 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Corey Crawford earned the Blackhawks three needed victories on their long road trip. Now it looks like hes earned the start again Tuesday night when the Blackhawks host the St. Louis Blues.

Theres been no official word coach Joel Quenneville was attending Pat Burns funeral in Montreal while the Blackhawks practiced on Monday. But Marty Turco was asked if he expected to start Tuesday night, he said no.

He should; hes been playing great, Turco said. He won a few in a row and we want to get on a roll. Im here to win, no matter what. Hes a big part of our team so you want to see him continue to play well and see us keep getting points. Ill just stay ready until I get back in there.

Crawford has won four consecutive starts, including victories in back-to-back games vs. Anaheim and Los Angeles. Crawford has one career start vs. St. Louis, a 6-5 overtime loss back in 2005-06.

Theyve got a newer team last couple of years and I really havent faced them much, Crawford said. Theyre a fast team up front and they have a couple of guys who can play with the puck from the blue line. Theyre a young, energetic team and its going to be a good game.

Troy Brouwer said, We can help him out in clearing out rebounds, clearing shooting lanes, passing lanes for him so he only has to worry about shots. Hes making saves and our defensemen are doing the rest.

The Blackhawks are used to seeing split time among their goaltenders. Nikolai Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet started 42 and 41 games, respectively, in 2008-09. Last season Huet played in 48 regular-season games and Antti Niemi 39 before Niemis play earned him 22 playoff starts.

Crawford is currently sporting a 5-4-0 record with a 2.07 goals-against average. Turco, who is 8-7-2 with a 2.90 GAA, was 1-2-0 on the long road trip.

A few games we didnt play well in; I was in there I couldnt steal any games or wasnt good enough to get the win, said Turco.

There are a few details that you work on; you continue to work on them every day no matter how youre playing, Turco said. My focus has been good, position and tracking the puck well. But you hate not giving the team a better chance to win. You hate not winning. Its a lot more fun and enjoyable (when you do). You just continue to build and do the same and give the team what it needs when I get back in there.

Briefly
Fernando Pisani (upper body) did not practice on Monday. His status for Tuesdays game against St. Louis is not known.

The Blackhawks will play 10 of their next 13 games at home.

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: