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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?

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
3 NSH 21 14 5 2 61 45 30
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 23 13 8 2 73 64 28
6 LAK 22 11 6 5 60 53 27
7 CHI 21 12 8 1 63 44 25
8 WPG 23 11 9 3 49 53 25
9 MIN 20 12 8 0 58 44 24
10 SJS 23 10 9 4 62 64 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 COL 22 8 9 5 57 70 21
13 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
14 EDM 22 6 14 2 51 77 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 23 8 8 1 16
A. Ladd 23 8 7 3 15
B. Little 23 7 7 4 14
M. Frolik 23 4 5 3 9
M. Scheifele 23 3 6 4 9
T. Enstrom 22 1 8 -1 9
E. Kane 15 4 4 1 8
D. Byfuglien 23 3 5 -1 8
Z. Bogosian 22 0 8 1 8
M. Perreault 23 2 4 -4 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 4 1 1 .947 1.50
O. Pavelec 7 8 2 .917 2.29
 
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