Konroyd's keys to the game

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Konroyd's keys to the game

1. Get ready for the hit parade

The New York Rangers lead the NHL in hits. In fact, they have eight players with over 100 hits this year; the Blackhawks have two. They didn't handle that aspect well against St. Louis and tonight they have a chance to redeem themselves.

2. When your penalty kill is perfect, you win games

For the Blackhawks, in their last three losses they have allowed a power play goal in each contest. In five of their last six wins, the PK has been perfect. You do the math. PK is good D.

3. Shut down Gabby

Marian Gaborik is the leading goal scorer for the Rangers. When he scores, they usually win. After Gaborik and Callahan, their offense really drops off. Keep an eye on No. 10.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Tracey Myers talks impressive February

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Tracey Myers talks impressive February

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:

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews named NHL's second star of the week

Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews named NHL's second star of the week

Jonathan Toews was named the NHL's second star for the week ending Feb. 26 after recording four goals and five assists in three games, all of which resulted in Blackhawks wins.

The 28-year-old captain kicked off the week with a hat trick and five-point effort in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, then followed that up with two assists in a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. 

He wrapped up the week by scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Blues to extend his point streak to six games. He has five goals and eight assists during that span.

Toews now ranks third on the team with 46 points and is tied for fifth with 16 goals.

Nashville Predators winger Filip Forsberg (eight goals and two assists in four games) and Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau (two goals and six assists in four games) were named the first and third stars, respectively.