Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom hasn't slowed down at age 41 and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is sick of it. "Every year he has one of those years where you're just like... you hope he retires,"the 23-year-old forwardtold mlive.com. "I'm kind of sick of playing against him. He's an unbelievable player." Last season Lidstrom finished a minus-2 but managed to win his seventh Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman. "It's pretty amazing," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told mlive.com. "You got to commend him on how he prepares himself, how he conditions himself. You look back over time, the intelligence level of top-end players, Nick's got to be in that elite, elite class. He's just always in the right spot." In 261 games and 3,814 shots on goal in his career, Lidstrom has netted 261 with 870 assists including 25 game-winning goals. As for retiring, Lidstrom won't decide until after the season and according to mlive.com coach Mike Babcock hopes the realignment will convince him to continue to play. "I'm a big believer that's why Mr. Bettman (NHL commissioner Gary) changed the schedule, so Nick wouldn't ahve to travel as far and he'd play longer," Babcock joked. "That's a rumor I started, go ahead and run with it."Do you think it's time for Lidstrom to hang up his skates?
The Blackhawks went 9-1 in February and did so in emphatic fashion.
The Blackhawks outscored their opponents 44-24 in the month and scored four goals or more in each of the nine wins. The only loss came after the team's bye week, a 3-1 loss at home to Edmonton seven days after winning 5-1 in Edmonton.
A big reason for the Blackhawks' recent surge is because of the production of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Toews scored seven goals and had 11 assists in February and was named the league's second star of the week this week. Patrick Kane had nine goals and seven assists.
Scott Darling went 3-0 in his starts and gave up just four goals in those games. Corey Crawford went 6-1 with a 2.71 goals against average.
Despite the Blackhawks' success in February, the Minnesota Wild still lead the division. The Blackhawks beat the Wild twice in February, but the Wild went 7-2 in the rest of February, including tonight's 5-4 overtime win against the LA Kings to sit three points ahead of the Blackhawks and still with two games in hand.
Watch the video above to see Pat Boyle break down these Blackhawks numbers.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle is joined by Tracey Myers and they discuss the Blackhawks impressive 9-1 month of February. Plus, why the offensive surge for Jonathan Toews?
They also discuss the maturation of Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz this season. What should we expect from Tomas Jurco and will Stan Bowman add a veteran blue liner before Wednesday's NHL trade deadline.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: