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Brandon Saad: Talent, yes; consistency, not yet

TORONTO — When it comes to Brandon Saad, coach Joel Quenneville sounds like a supportive, but demanding, parent. It’s not that Saad is a disappointment. It’s not that Quenneville is not proud of what he has become. It’s just that he could be so much …Read More

 

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  • Scott Darling or Antti Raanta facing demotion to Rockford

    KANATA, Ontario — Scott Darling started in goal Thursday for the Blackhawks against the Ottawa Senators. Corey Crawford, who returned from a five-game absence caused by an upper-body injury, backed him up. Where does that leave Antti Raanta? Possibly headed to Rockford. With Crawford back …Read More

  • Veteran Brad Richards has yet to find his niche with Blackhawks

    OTTAWA — Brad Richards is a highly accomplished hockey player. He’s won a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe Trophy. He’s been an All-Star. He’s been one of the highest-paid players in hockey. But a month into his Blackhawks career, the 34-year-old Richards is almost …Read More

  • Scott Darling once again strong, but Gibson, Ducks clip Blackhawks 1-0

    It’s still October, still nearly six months away from the playoffs. But at what point does a blip become a trend? The story through the first 10 percent of the season is that, no matter how hard they try, the Blackhawks just can’t score. And …Read More

  • Blackhawks’ depth in net helps Corey Crawford tolerate the wait

    Corey Crawford gets antsy when he sits for one game, even the second of a back-to-back set. So the last week has been rather excruciating for the Blackhawks’ top goaltender as he recovers from an upper-body injury. ‘‘Very frustrating,’’ he said after participating in Tuesday’s …Read More

  • Ducks’ Ryan Kesler has no love for the Blackhawks

    It has been a few years, but Canucks and Blackhawks have long memories. So even though center Ryan Kesler is with the Ducks now, he hasn’t forgotten about those three consecutive memorable postseasons in which the Canucks and Hawks clashed. ‘‘I still remember a few …Read More

  • Jeremy Morin hopes he’s a pick to stick with Daniel Carcillo out

    The question has been the same every time Jeremy Morin is added to the Blackhawks’ roster. Is this the time when the winger will stay? After playing well at Rockford in the American Hockey League, Morin’s stints with the Hawks never have been prolonged opportunities …Read More

  • Lemont native Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to 2-1 win vs. Senators

    Not even four years ago, Scott Darling was playing for the Missis- sippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The SPHL isn’t exactly known as a developmental league, and it probably is more attractive to fans looking more for fights and cheap beer than …Read More

  • Daniel Carcillo out 4 weeks with knee injury

    An unfortunately reoccurring issue with winger Daniel Carcillo’s Blackhawks career will keep him out of the lineup for a while. Coach Joel Quenneville said before Sunday’s game against the Ottawa Senators that Carcillo will miss about four weeks after suffering what appeared to be an …Read More

  • Blackhawks fall to Blues in typical chippy game

    ST. LOUIS — Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta skated to the blue line and started barking at the referees, trying to plead his case that he was interfered with and that Ryan Reaves’ goal late in the second period shouldn’t have counted. When his shouting fell …Read More

  • Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wary of ‘special players’ Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane

    ST. LOUIS — Jonathan Toews doesn’t believe the Blackhawks are in the Blues’ heads. But he and Patrick Kane are at least in Ken Hitchcock’s. In the teams’ memorable first-round series last April, Toews had the game-winning goals in Games 3, 5 and 6, including …Read More

  • Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa comfortable together, and it shows on ice

    ST. LOUIS — Jonathan Toews corralled a skittering puck with one hand, then dangled his way through the legs of an unwitting Kris Versteeg, who was stretching during the Blackhawks’ morning skate Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. After a quick spin, Toews threaded a puck between …Read More

  • Blackhawks fall after Neal’s hat trick; Predators proving they’re for real in Central

    NASHVILLE — Add another team to the gantlet. The Nashville Predators appear to be for real. As if the Central Division weren’t imposing enough to begin with. Nashville beat the Blackhawks at their own game Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena, outshooting and outworking them until …Read More