Oduya getting his legs under him

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Oduya getting his legs under him

Johnny Oduya was getting his legs under him after an eventful Monday. The Blackhawks newly acquired defenseman was adjusting to his surroundings and going through team drills with Brent Seabrook.

And as he goes forward with his new team, he knows his role.

Ill try to fit in and help out, Oduya said. Obviously this is a good team and me being here is not a salvation. Were not going to save anybody.

No, but the Blackhawks hope his veteran presence helps a defensive group that could certainly use another one right now, especially with Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador sidelined.

Oduya paired with Seabrook at Tuesdays practice, and will be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Blackhawks host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Oduyas been through this new-team stuff before he was with the New Jersey Devils before going to the Atlanta ThrashersWinnipeg Jets. While he was somewhat expecting this trade, hell treat this opportunity as he has the others.

Its a new adventure, he said. Its always a tough thing; but its fun, too.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Johnnys a defenseman we can use. I like his experience and we can use his important minutes. I like the way he moves the puck, his quickness.

Viktor Stalberg liked having another fellow countryman in the room.

Its great, were slowly taking over, Stalberg said of the Blackhawks burgeoning Swedish movement. Hes pretty rugged; he can play tough. He plays simple hockey and thats something we need. We need some confidence back there, some calm, maybe, because we have a lot of young guys.

Patrick Kane knows Oduya from past games against him.

Hes an experienced guy whos played some shut-down minutes. Hes tough to play against, quick and good with the puck, Kane said. I think theres a point where you want to see us do something to get better as a team and I thought we did that yesterday. You dont want to see a move where you think, Why did we do that? a year or two down the road. I dont think thats the case here.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with executive vice president Ken Williams

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Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

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Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild have faced each other a lot the past few seasons, especially when you factor in the postseason series. But if we got a whole series like Tuesday night's game, I don't think anyone would argue against it.

Great energy, great action, great performances, including a big one from the Blackhawks' captain. But we'll get to that soon enough. Here are the notables from the Blackhawks' 5-3 victory over the Wild.

What Worked: The Blackhawks' second-period response. The last time the Blackhawks were here they took a lead but watched the Wild come back with a fury. You wondered if the same would happen on Tuesday night after Mikael Granlund's power-play goal tied the game 1-1 early in the second. But the Blackhawks turned up the intensity, retaking the lead just 41 seconds later (Richard Panik) and putting the Wild on the defensive the rest of the period. The Blackhawks outshot the Wild 13-5 in the second.

What Didn't Work: The penalty kill. The Blackhawks only took two penalties on Tuesday night but they were both costly. The Wild – namely Mikael Granlund – made them pay with two power-play goals, including one with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation. The Wild have shown this season that they won't go away quietly in any game. They just about came back in this one, thanks to their power play.

Star of the game: Jonathan Toews. Yeah, you're all shocked at this one, aren't you? The goaltenders stole the show in the first period by the end of this one, it was all Toews all the time with a five-point night that included his fourth career regular-season hat trick. Coach Joel Quenneville said during Toews' struggles that he figured the captain would turn it around at some point. And here we are. "Jonny's done so many things for us," Quenneville said. "An amazing player, as competitive as you'll ever find. What a great leader, great captain."

He Said It: "We want to get that top spot and chasing that [Minnesota Wild] team, it's a huge win on the road. Hopefully we can keep playing that same style. It's a lot of fun to play. We have all four lines going and we're doing a lot of good things. Hopefully we can keep this going." Nick Schmaltz on the Blackhawks' current game.

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By the Numbers: 

400 – Career victories for coach Joel Quenneville behind the Blackhawks bench. 

7 – Consecutive road victories for the Blackhawks which, according to them and Elias Sports, ties a franchise record originally set Dec. 9-29, 1964.

13 – Points for Richard Panik (six goals, seven assists) since Jan. 22.

100th – Career game for Dennis Rasmussen.

2 – Career five-point games for Jonathan Toews. His previous one came Nov. 25, 2011 against the Anaheim Ducks.