Thursday, October 13, 2016
Here we are again, preparing for another opening game.
For half of the Blackhawks, this is old hat. For many, however, this is new territory. It will be a bit stressful, it will be a little intimidating, but the Custom Blackhawks Jersey are sending a message to their new players immediately: stick with what we have here.
Coach Joel Quenneville the meetings held individual players before the game Wednesday night, the Blackhawks season opener against the St. Louis Blues. There are a lot of new faces in the lineup, but the overall message is the same for all of them.
"Make sure you're comfortable out there, play to your strengths and the things we are trying to instill in them technically. We do not want you to be thinking there every shift, so trust your instincts and we will reinforce doing things well and good habits as you go along here, "Quenneville next skate Wednesday morning said. "Be comfortable, be confident and be ready to play."
two lower lines forward the Blackhawks' have a majority of their new faces, including Tyler Motte. The former star of the University of Michigan is aligned with Marcus Kruger, who has already found a good chemistry in penalty killing. Any familiarity has developed with young veterans is key in how quickly everything clicks.
"He's done a great job of helping me with systems especially in the PK here," Motte said Kruger. "It's good to have someone like that in your line and in situations like that."
While the Blackhawks Winter Classic Jersey have new staff, the blues have something of a new identity. Gone are some of the best known faces, including former captain David Backes. Troy Brouwer and goalie Brian Elliott also gone. So the Blues have their own settings.
"It was a little different, but guys like me and (Vladimir Tarasenko) and Jaden Schwartz, who are asked to have more of a leadership role this year, we learned from those guys. We were lucky we were able to play with them and be in a locker room with them for so long, "said defender Kevin Shattenkirk blues. "It's something we'll have to adjust to, and (are) asking to intensify younger but those are the growing pains that have to go through a young player."
It's a whole new season, and some of the Blackhawks, a whole new experience. They are here for a reason. Now they will see if it translates into a successful hockey regular season.
"I will not go out and try to play a different game. The coaches and the kids (veterans) have told me that," Motte said. "It may be on a bigger stage, the official opening game of the night, but the sport is no different. You have to go play in the same way."
Saturday, October 8, 2016
In the Chicago Blackhawks ....
Scott Powers: Joel Quenneville coach said they could consider a game of choice striker Alexandre Fortin 10.
Scott Powers: The coach Quenneville said it is likely to carry eight defense to start the season. If Gustav Forsling remains with the Blackhawks, who will be playing. Patrick Kane Jersey.
Scott Powers: The agent said his contract Forsling not slide this season, even if the Blackhawks assigned back to Sweden. They thought it would.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The defender of the Chicago Blackhawks received a match penalty for his play late hit on St. Louis Blues right wing. A little more now could be coming.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will explain to Monday, when it is expected to have a telephone hearing with the Ministry of Security NHL Player.
The hearing of phone is the result of a match penalty Hjalmarsson was issued for charging and illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues winger Ty Rattie on Saturday night.
Hjalmarsson did it in the neutral zone with 1:05 remaining in the 4-0 victory over Chicago at the United Center. Rattie trying to get by controlling Blackhawks winger Richard Panik left when Hjalmarsson entered him. While the video shows his elbow was down, the feet of HJALMARSSON did leave the ice to deliver the blow. His shoulder seems to make contact with the head Rattie.
Hjalmarsson was suspended once before. He received a two-game ban for hitting then-Buffalo Sabres winger Jason Pominville from behind right in 2010. However, it would not be considered a repeat offender. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said after the game that Rattie was fine.
Hjalmarsson is a four best defenseman with the Blackhawks who played for Sweden at the recent World Cup of Hockey. He posted two goals and 24 points in 81 games last season. Rattie spent most of the 2015-16 season in the American League with the Chicago Wolves, where he scored 17 goals and 46 points in 62 games. He appeared in 13 games with Blues, scoring four times while adding a pair of helpers.
UPDATE: Department of the NHL Player Safety announced Monday that Hjalmarsson was suspended for the rest of the preseason, and will be suspended for the first game of the regular season.
"Approaching speed, Hjalmarsson launches and its success, the material making contact with the head of Rattie," Patrick Burke, director of NHL player safety, said in the video suspension. Burke added that if Rattie was eligible to be hit, the check came from an illegal manner, with the Blackhawks defenseman to start to make contact.