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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 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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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01