We know what's next on the 'To Do' list


We know what's next on the 'To Do' list

As the Blackhawks took Monday off before hosting a Detroit team that's taken huge strides towards running away with the Central, there was a sense of satisfaction over areas of recent improvement.

Corey Crawford's been the last line of an improved overall defensive effort and quieted (at least temporarily) the public screeching for a deadline trade for a new goalie. He's stopped 80 of 84 shots during the three-game winning streak.

"I think with Steph (Goalie Coach Stephane Waite), they worked on technical aspects to tighten up his game," said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "You get one win, with confidence, you can feed off that. I thought he had a good week in that regard. We know the scrutiny goaltenders are under. They're under the microscope, evaluated a lot more than players in front of them - whether it's defensemen or forwards. They come under fire when you're not winning and get some accolades when you're doing alright."

Okay. So there's that. Then there's the penalty kill, which has been perfect burning off 14 consecutive opponent power plays over the past five games.

So the area still left sticking (stinking?) out like a sore thumb is....the power play. Or power-less play. As in 0-for-29 since its last conversion January 24th following Sunday's three failures, which generated just two shots and didn't exactly make St. Louis shake in their skates.

"Tough stretch," understated the head coach. "I thought tonight (Sunday), the third was better, each better than the prior one, but that's something we've got to rely on to ignite our offense and score some timely goals. We'll get it right."

The Blackhawks opened the season 5-for-57, rose into the league's top ten. It begins the week 19th (16.4 percent) in the NHL as the slump's dragged on.

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

Blackhawks announce plans for NHL Draft Fan Fest

With exactly a month to go until Chicago hosts the 2017 NHL Draft for the first time ever, the Blackhawks and league announced Wednesday their plans for Fan Fest held outside the United Center on June 23 and 24.

A handful of Blackhawks players and alumni will be in attendance and made available for photo opportunities, as will the Stanley Cup. Fans will also be able to explore the NHL Centennial Fan Arena, "a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, one-of-a-kind historical memorabilia, unique photo moments and a social media wall," according to the press release.

A full list of activities, special guest appearances and schedule will be posted at a later date.

Friday's events will run from 3 to 9 p.m. while Saturday's festivites will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot C, north of the United Center.

Additional passes for the weekend will be made available to the public starting June 9. For more information, visit chicagoblackhawks.com/fanfest.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Vinnie Hinostroza talks rookie season and new wrinkle to offseason training

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, forward Vinnie Hinostroza joins Pat Boyle and evaluates his rookie season, tells us how he has added MMA and Ju-jitsu to his offseason training and is he going to room with Ryan Hartman next season?

Plus, Tracey Myers joins Pat to discuss Patrick Kane’s first interview this offseason, the latest on the Blackhawks coaching moves and tournament fall-out for Artemi Panarin, Marcus Kruger and Alex DeBrincat.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.