Quenneville suffered from internal bleeding

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Quenneville suffered from internal bleeding

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
Posted 2:56 p.m. Updated 3:59 p.m.

By Chris Boden
CSNChicago.com

The Blackhawks released a follow-up statement Thursday afternoon on the condition of Joel Quenneville following a second day of tests in the hospital.

Joel was originally admitted to the hospital early Wednesday morning due to gastrointestinal bleeding, according to Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry. He has been stabilized and today the cause of the bleeding was determined to be a small ulcer caused by aspirin. He is resting comfortably at the hospital and we anticipate him to make a full recovery and to be released in the next few days. At the appropriate time, we will update everyone regarding his release from the hospital and return to the Blackhawks bench.

With that encouraging bit of news, acting head coach Mike Haviland can probably prepare for at least two more games guiding the Blackhawks behind the bench. Wednesday nights 3-1 win over Minnesota likely assisted in Quennevilles recovery.

I talked to Q late last night after the game, said acting head coach Mike Haviland following Thursdays practice. He watched the majority of it. He was pleased, very happy about the game. I know he has some tests today, but he was in really good spirits, joking and laughing on the phone, so it was good to hear.

System-wise, he liked us in the neutral ice, certain areas of our forecheck and our cycles. He was just happy that we won.

Haviland had yet to be told whether hed have the same role behind the bench Friday versus Columbus, but with tests still ongoing, he was certainly preparing for the possibility.

Things are hopefully looking good, added Patrick Sharp. Thats a positive sign. I thought our team played well without him last night. We kind of rallied behind him, had a good game, and we all have our fingers crossed hell be back soon. I just sent him a text and I know a couple of other guys did as well. Ive been in that position before where youre away from the team and got things going on. Just to hear from the guys and others in the organization is a good feeling. Hopefully it lifted his spirits. I know he was happy with how we finished the game the last two periods.

Patrick Kane also exchanged text messages with his coach.

I hear hes doing a lot better, so thats always a good thing to hear. We dont know when hes gonna coach. Obviously we want him back as soon as possible, but I thought Havi did a real good job last night almost like Qs protg. It was pretty much the same thing. He was good in all situations.

Two positives stood out in grabbing the two points in regulation, the first being the play of Marian Hossa, who was denied on a handful of scoring chances, but set up a pair of goals and was a dominating presence. Despite that capability, skill and history of putting up great numbers, Haviland noticed a change in his psyche.

I think its confidence. You see him carry and possess the puck, hes one of the better guys in the league where he can control, protect, and take it to the net. Hes such a strong man and you see what he did last night thats a good sign for this hockey team. We just gotta keep him going that way.

Hossa and Duncan Keith (who played almost 29 minutes) were given the day off from practice, and we might see more of that for Hossa.

Certainly you want him to be ready for the games, said Haviland. The games are more important this time of year. He knows the system, knows what we want so if hes rested, he can play a 60-minute game like we got out of him last night and in Phoenix. Joels been around. He knows when its time to give guys days off and rest them. Certainly we need Hossa to play like he did the last two games down the stretch here.

The other positive: showing third period resiliency a second consecutive game. In 16 of the Hawks 22 regulation losses, theyve led or been tied in the third period. If they took half of those losses to overtime, theyd be sitting atop the logjam in the West instead of towards the bottom. The Hawks rallied to force O.T. with a late goal Saturday in Phoenix, then rebounded from the Wilds tying goal in Wednesdays third.

Its a sign were growing as a team. Maybe its a little later than we thought. When you come from behind and get a point in Phoenix on the road, you get a ton of confidence and thats what we need to see here.

Its nice to see, having a 1-0 lead going in, but even though we gave it up, we came back and won, according to Kane. But the West is so good this year. Columbus is just two points behind us. I think we all know how good we are in here, and if we put it all together, we can still have a special season again.

By-the-Ways

Kane on Wednesdays return after a two-day bout with the flu: I was a little tired, a little sluggish last night, but I wish we could play tonight, I feel so much better. Its tough being in bed a couple days, but hopefully that means Im that much better tomorrow.

Sharp on catching Chicago Magazine cover-boy grief: A couple of guys are giving me a hard time. I know Jonathan (Toews) is pretty jealous about it. He thinks Michigan Avenue magazine can steal the show, and hes upset hes not one of the 50 Most Beautiful Chicagoans. But are guys are having fun with it.

Reporters didnt get a chance to ask Haviland if Corey Crawford returns to the net Friday against the Blue Jackets, but we can only guess after Thursdays evaluation of his 33-save night against Minnesota:

He was outstanding. He kept us in it early on when we didnt have our legs. He battled when we turned the puck over in our end and they got some point-blank chances and he stood on his head.

Chris Boden is the host of Blackhawks Pre and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet.

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.

Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.

He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.

Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.

One-goal victories are great but Blackhawks’ method has to change

One-goal victories are great but Blackhawks’ method has to change

See the Blackhawks get off to a slow start. See the Blackhawks get outshot. See the Blackhawks lean on their goaltending. See the Blackhawks find some offense in the third period. See the Blackhawks win.

This is a story the Blackhawks have written and played out plenty this season. Despite all evidence that it should work out to the contrary, the Blackhawks continue to pull out victories. But as we're well into the second half of the season, how much longer can they win with this formula? And is this, more than anything, a testament to how much they need to acquire someone (or plural) at the deadline to bolster their forward lineup?

Entering Sunday night's game against Vancouver the Blackhawks remain second in the Western Conference, two points behind Minnesota. Not surprisingly, they enter Sunday coming off another one-goal victory, a 1-0 decision over Boston on Friday night. Friday's game was cut from the same cloth as so many other one-goal games this season (please see above for the script). 

Here's how the Blackhawks are doing in one-goal games (through 48 games played this season) and how they've done in previous seasons:

Year Record
2016-17 18-7-5
2015-16 17-7-9
2014-15 22-13-6
2013-14 17-8-15
2012-13 19-3-5 (lockout yr.)
2011-12 22-6-11
2010-11 16-13-9
2009-10 23-9-8

The Blackhawks played 41 one-goal games (half of their regular-season games) in the 2014-15 season. Thirty of their 48 games this season have been one-goal games. But again, it comes down to how you're winning those games, and the Blackhawks are winning just about all of them in the same way: deal with a slow start and come back in the third period, relying on goaltending the entire time.

Being outshot the amount of times the Blackhawks have this season remains alarming. Sure, sometimes a lot of shots don't mean a lot of quality chances. But it's still better than minimal shots, and any shot can be an opportunity for a rebound, a deflection, something. From our stats guru Chris Kamka, here's a breakdown of the Blackhawks' shots per game vs. opponents, dating back to 2008-09:

Year Shots/Gm Opp. Shots/Gm Diff.
2008-09 32.7 28.6 +4.2
2009-10 34.1 25.1 +9.1
2010-11 32.2 28.7 +3.6
2011-12 31.5 28.6 +3.0
2012-13 31.1 26.2 +4.9
2013-14 33.1 27.2 +6.0
2014-15 33.9 30.2 +3.8
2015-16 30.5 30.8 -0.3
2016-17 29.3 31.1 -1.7

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

It's no surprise that the Blackhawks' differential was especially good in their Stanley Cup-winning seasons (and even 2013-14, when they went to the Western Conference Final). Those Blackhawks teams were deep, especially at forward. They weren't waiting for the perfect shooting opportunities as much as just firing. They had great four-line rotations, something they've sorely been lacking the past two seasons, which makes a difference with puck possession.

The Blackhawks will see what's available at the trade deadline. As I wrote a few days ago, there will be names out there but, considering some teams are still hoping for playoff spots, you take mentions for what they are right now. Over the next few weeks the picture will become clearer, and adding the right depth could rekindle that four-line rotation.

We've said throughout this season that the Blackhawks can't keep this up. We said it in November, and December, and now. Understand where we're coming from here; the Blackhawks can absolutely keep winning one-goal games. They've shown that in recent seasons and in the postseason, when the ability to do that is critical. But it's doubtful they can keep doing it the way they have most this season.