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Our eyes tell us what we already know as hockey fans, any franchise hoisting Lord Stanley is, and will always be, the pinnacle of all championship trophy presentations. The truth is, nothing even comes close. It’s a two month grind. It requires 16 wins. The half year season comes...

1. Pittsburgh (29-10-0, LW 1) – Losses to Buffalo and the New York Rangers show the team is human, but playing without Sidney Crosby. 2. Chicago (29-5-4, LW 3) – Blackhawks are running neck and neck with Anaheim for top team in the Western Conference. 3. Anaheim (27-8-5, LW 2) –...

1. Pittsburgh (25-8-0, LW 2) – Penguins are hottest team in the league with 12-game winning streak. 2. Chicago (24-3-3, LW 1) – They remain strong, but starting to have questions on if they can hold off the Ducks in a possible Western Conference matchup. 3. Anaheim (22-4-4, LW 3) – Beat...

The Columbus Blue Jackets are continuing their recent stretch of gritty play, but fell a little short against the NHL’s top team. Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored on a backhand by Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to lead the Blackhawks to a 2-1 shootout win Thursday night before 15,009...

The play of Sergei Bobrovsky is continuing to open eyes around Nationwide Arena and the rest of the National Hockey League. After gaining the first star with his play last week, Bobrovsky has followed with allowing only four goals in 195 minutes of regulation and overtime play against Detroit,...

Chicago (21-2-3, LW 1) – The Blackhawks have lost two in a row, but they still get the No. 1 spot based on 24 game winning streak. Anaheim (17-3-3, LW 2) – The Ducks locked up Ryan Getzlaf to a long-term contract last week. Can they do the same...

1, Chicago (19-0-3, LW 1) – The Blackhawks are playing close games, but are overall better than anyone else in the NHL right now. Goalie Corey Crawford was hurt earlier this week, which could pose a problem down the road. 2. Anaheim (15-3-2, LW 2) – Ryan Getzlaf is continuing his...

1, Chicago (15-0-3, LW 1) – I’ve said that the Blackhawks will be tough to beat in the NHL playoffs if Corey Crawford stays hot. Now, the Blackhawks are showing to be a difficult team to beat in any game. Great defensive play has complimented Chicago’s offensive firepower. 2....

1, Chicago (9-0-2, LW 2) – The Blackhawks are the only NHL team who hasn’t lost during regulation. There’s no question about the continued play of Patrick Kane (eight goals, 18 points in first 11 games).  If Corey Crawford can continue his hot start (1.82 GAA) in the postseason,...

1. San Jose (7-0-1, LW 2) – Patrick Marleau continues to lead the way for the Sharks offense, but what really sticks out is the play of the team’s defense, which tops the league in goals against percentage. An early showdown will be Tuesday with the Sharks host the Blackhawks....

Chicago (5-0-0) (LW NR) – Team is loaded with offensive talent and more importantly, goalie Corey Crawford is playing well. The Blackhawks already have wins over Los Angeles, Phoenix and St. Louis. And with Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks look tough to stop. San Jose...

After two disappointing road losses to Phoenix and Colorado, the Columbus Blue Jackets needed a better effort Saturday night against Chicago. They got the effort, but fell short on the scoreboard as the Blackhawks came away with a 3-2 victory in front a sellout crowd of 18,381 at Nationwide...