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Central Preview: Chicago Blackhawks

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

Friday, 08.23.2013 / 3:51 PM CT / 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?

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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