Word on the Street: Blackhawks shut down Kane

Word on the Street: Blackhawks shut down Kane

Monday, Dec. 20, 2010
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Blackhawks temporarily shut down Kane

After having two recent practices cut short due to continuing pain in his injured left ankle, the Blackhawks have temporarily shut down the on-ice rehabilitation efforts of Patrick Kane.

Just last Wednesday, Kane was hopeful of returning to play in Friday night's game vs. Detroit, now there is question as to whether he can return before Christmas. (sportingnews.com)
Cubs give Hughes five-year extension

While still searching for an analyst to replace the late Ron Santo in the WGN Radio broadcast booth, the Cubs made sure they wouldn't need a new play-by-play announcer by signing Pat Hughes to a five-year extension through the 2015 season.

"I am delighted to continue my career with WGN Radio and the Chicago Cubs," Hughes said in a statement. "Chicago is one of the world's greatest sports cities, Wrigley Field one of the most famous venues, and I'm just happy to be a part of it all."

Hughes was partners with Santo for the last 15 seasons. (chicagocubs.com)

White Sox hire Pete Rose...

... Jr. that is. The son of MLB's career hits leader, who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the White Sox in Bristol, Va., of the Appalachian League.

Rose Jr. played 21 seasons of minor league baseball with several organizations, including the White Sox after originally being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round in 1988.

The White Sox also said Joe McEwing will manage their Triple-A team in Charlotte, moving up from Class A Winston-Salem. In addition, former Toronto Blue Jays star Devon White (346 career stolen bases) will be a base-running instructor in the minors. (washingtonpost.com)

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Jets tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Jets tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Seeking revenge.

In their first meeting of the season, the Jets ended the Blackhawks' 11-game point streak by shutting them out 4-0 in Winnipeg. The Blackhawks will look to get even tonight when the Jets come into their building, where the Blackhawks are 10-1-2. The Jets haven't been as successful away from home, carrying a 4-8-2 road record into the United Center.

2. Tired legs? Not so fast.

It will be a quick turnaround for the Blackhawks, who will play their second game in as many days traveling from Philadelphia to Chicago. But don't expect fatigue to play too much of a role. Well, maybe it will, but the Blackhawks have been close to perfect in the second of a back-to-back with a 4-0-1 record compared to 3-3-0 in the first game. It also helps that Saturday's game against the Flyers was at 12 p.m., giving the team some extra time to recover for a divisional matchup. The Jets, on the other hand, will being playing in their second game in as many nights as well, having played St. Louis last night which ended in a 3-2 overtime win for the Jets. 

3. Who's in, who's out on D?

Trevor van Riemsdyk returned to the lineup Saturday, and certainly showed some rust after missing more than six weeks with an upper-body injury. With it being the second of a back-to-back, the Blackhawks could look to rotate the blue line and reinsert Gustav Forsling, who was a healthy scratch for the first time, back into the equation and perhaps Michal Rozsival, too.

4. Patrik Laine.

The No. 2 overall pick in 2016 has scored four goals and an assist in his last three games, continuing his phenomenal rookie campagin. He's on pace to reach almost 40 goals, which is incredible for a rookie in an era where scoring gets harder and harder. He's tied with Sidney Crosby for the league lead with 16 goals, one of which came against Chicago in the first meeting. 

5. Capitalize on special teams.

The Jets haven't been particularly good on special teams lately. They're 3-for-26 on the power play in their last 10 games, which is an 11.5 percent success rate, and are 26-for-36 on the penalty kill (72.2 percent) in their last eight. Their power play percentage ranks 20th in the league at 15.2 and penalty kill ranks 25th at 79.0. They're trending in the wrong direction. The Blackhawks are still struggling to find a rhythm on the power play, so perhaps this is a good opportunity to break through.

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Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Flyers; Bulls fall in Dallas

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Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Flyers; Bulls fall in Dallas

Here are some of Saturday's top stories in Chicago:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Jets tonight on CSN

Complete Bears-49ers coverage on CSN

Rough second period sinks Blackhawks in loss to Flyers

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

The 3 Bears necessities for win No. 3

Penn State erases three-touchdown deficit to best Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

How Cubs are setting the expectations for winter meetings

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford undergoes appendectomy, out 2-3 weeks

Illini defense dominant in capping bounce-back week with win over VCU

Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

Wide receiver Corey Holmes will transfer from Notre Dame