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Central Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

A closer look at the Central Division competition for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Friday, 23.08.2013 / 4:51 PM / News Articles
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Central Preview: Chicago Blackhawks
Central Division Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

Central Division at a Glance: Chicago Blackhawks

2012-13 record: 36-7-5
77 points
GF: 155 GA: 102

2011-12 record: 45-26-11
101 points
GF: 248 GA: 238
VS Winnipeg Jets 1-0

2013-14 games vs. Blackhawks:

Saturday, November 2nd @ Winnipeg 7 pm
Wednesday, November 6th @ Chicago 7 pm
Thursday, November 21st @ Winnipeg 7 pm
Sunday, January 26th @ Chicago 6 pm

Top Forwards: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp. Also to watch: Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Pirri.

Top Defensemen: , Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya.

Goaltenders: After winning the Stanley Cup, Corey Crawford will undoubtedly start the season as the number one goalie. The Blackhawks also signed Nikolai Khabibulin to play a supporting role.

Young Players: Brandon Pirri (C) could become the no. 2 center this season after leading the American Hockey League in scoring last season (75 points in 76 games). Ben Smith, RW, could become a top penalty killer. Antti Raanta, a 24-year-old goalie from Finland, signed a one-year deal but will likely start the season with Rockford.

New Brass: For the most part, the team remains largely unchanged after last year’s success. Coach Joel Quenneville (who inked a three-year contract extension this summer) and General Manager Stan Bowman have opted to only add a bit of depth in goal and on defense.

Key additions: Nikolai Khabibulin, Antti Raanta, Theo Peckham.

General manager Stan Bowman added more depth in goal by singing Antti Raanta and on defense by inking Theo Peckham to a two-way contract.

Off-season departures: Dave Bolland, Michael Frolik, Viktor Stalberg, Ray Emery, Daniel Carcillo, Steve Montador, Rostislav Olesz.

Bowman traded forwards Dave Bolland and Michal Frolik and free agent Viktor Stalberg signed with the Nashville Predators. Ray Emery signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and was replaced with Nikolai Khabibulin.

Big Question: Will the Blackhawks be able to repeat their Stanley Cup winning year?

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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