PHILADELPHIA – Nick Schmaltz has long been a Chicago Blackhawks fan, a natural choice for a kid growing up in Madison, Wisc.
Two victories down, two to go: that’s the simple way of looking at it. Getting those last two victories, however, won’t be so simple.
On Friday the league announced that Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award. He's joined by Boston's Patrice Bergeron and San Jose's Brent Burns.
On Wednesday the Blackhawks announced they have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Mashinter on a two-year extension through the end of the 2015-16 NHL season.