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May 14, 2022
Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 14-15

Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 14-15

Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Do you like Game 7s? Because you’re getting a lot of Game 7s. No sugarcoating necessary here. On Saturday and Sunday, FIVE Game 7s are on the schedule. For those of us in the Chicago area, it’s an excellent weekend to take the TVs outside for some postseason hockey. And feel free to pop in here to discuss every crazy development. Saturday, May 14 Game 7: Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Game 7: Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs, 6 p.m. (TNT) Game 7: Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers, 9 p.m....
May 13, 2022
Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 13

Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 13

Gustav Forsling of the Florida Panthers guards the post as MacKenzie Weegar defends against T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals | Photo by Joel Auerbach/ Friday’s slate features three Game 6s. Three Game 6 contests will take place on Friday evening. Kicking off the night, the Penguins hope to eliminate the Rangers at home, the second try at a series-clinching win for Pittsburgh. Starting just a half-hour later, the Panthers, with a 3-2 series lead, will attempt to eliminate the Capitals in D.C. Meanwhile, the Stars will attempt to stave off death against the...
May 13, 2022
Morning Bag Skate: 5-13-22

Morning Bag Skate: 5-13-22

Photo by Mike Carlson/ A daily look at hockey news around the world. This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news. BLACKHAWKS AHL Central Division Semifinal Game 1: Chicago Wolves 6, Rockford IceHogs 2 (IceHogs) Calder Cup Series Preview: IceHogs Face the Chicago Wolves (SCH) 2022 NHL Draft Lottery results: Blackhawks stay at No. 6; pick goes to CBJ (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) What next for the Blackhawks after sending 2022 first-round pick to Columbus? (The Athletic) What we’ve learned about Blackhawks prospects from IceHogs playoffs (The...
May 12, 2022
Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 12

Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 12

Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Thursday’s slate features four Game 6s. Four Game 6 contests will take place on Thursday evening. Kicking off the night, The Hurricanes look to eliminate the Bruins. Following shortly after, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Lightning have their back against the wall as they host the Maple Leafs, who own a 3-2 series lead. In the Western Conference. the Wild look to stay alive as they take on the Blues. To end the night, the Kings have a chance to advance as they host the Oilers. Game 6: Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins, 6 p.m....
May 12, 2022
Calder Cup Playoffs Series Preview: IceHogs face the Chicago Wolves

Calder Cup Playoffs Series Preview: IceHogs face the Chicago Wolves

The IceHogs take on the Wolves in the Central Division Semifinals. Although the Chicago Blackhawks season is over, there is some playoff action that their fans might be interested in: the Rockford IceHogs will be facing off against the Chicago Wolves for the Central Division Semifinals for a best-of-five series which starts on Thursday night in Rosemont. How We Got Here: Texas Stars Series Recap The IceHogs defeated the Stars by winning the first two games of their best-of-three series. In Game 1, Lukas Reichel opened the scoring 6:53 into the second frame after a beautiful...
May 12, 2022
Musings on Madison, Episode 89 — Reviewing Blackhawks Forwards and Looking Ahead to the Draft

Musings on Madison, Episode 89 — Reviewing Blackhawks Forwards and Looking Ahead to the Draft

Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via This week, the crew discusses the outcome of the draft lottery and reviews the forward group’s performance during the 2021-22 season. Welcome to Episode 89 of Musings on Madison, here on the Second City Hockey podcast network, your weekly destination for a roundup of all things involving the Chicago Blackhawks. This week, Dave, Shepard, Mil and Betsy discuss the recent news that the Blackhawks did not in fact win the draft lottery. The crew also reviews the forward group’s performance over the course of the season. Thank...
May 12, 2022
Morning Bag Skate: 5-12-22

Morning Bag Skate: 5-12-22

Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via A daily look at hockey news around the world. This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news. BLACKHAWKS 2022 NHL Draft Lottery results: Blackhawks stay at No. 6; pick goes to CBJ (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) What next for the Blackhawks after sending 2022 first-round pick to Columbus? (The Athletic) What we’ve learned about Blackhawks prospects from IceHogs playoffs (The Athletic) Blackhawks Q&A: What is GM Kyle Davidson’s plan for the rebuild? What will they do at goalie? (Tribune) How did the Blackhawks go an entire...
May 11, 2022
Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 11

Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 11

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Another round of Game 5s on Wednesday night. Just a trio of Stanley Cup Playoffs series in action this evening. Up first, the New York Rangers need a win at home to keep their season alive, trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 ahead of Game 5 in their series. Soon after that, it’s an even 2-2 split between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers with the series back in Sunrise this evening. And in the nightcap, the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames are back north of the border to untie their deadlocked series. Wednesday, May...
May 11, 2022
Morning Bag Skate: 5-11-22

Morning Bag Skate: 5-11-22

Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via A daily look at hockey news around the world. This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news. BLACKHAWKS 2022 NHL Draft Lottery results: Blackhawks stay at No. 6; pick goes to CBJ (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) What now for the Blackhawks that they may not pick in the first round in 2022? (The Athletic) What we’ve learned about Blackhawks prospects from IceHogs playoffs (The Athletic) Blackhawks Q&A: What is GM Kyle Davidson’s plan for the rebuild? What will they do at goalie? (Tribune) How did the Blackhawks go an entire...
May 10, 2022
2022 NHL Draft Lottery results: Blackhawks stay at No. 6; pick goes to CBJ

2022 NHL Draft Lottery results: Blackhawks stay at No. 6; pick goes to CBJ

Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via The odds were not in their favor. The Chicago Blackhawks did not get the benefit of a fortunate bounce on Tuesday night, staying put at their No. 6 spot in the 2022 NHL Draft during the lottery. That pick is now officially property of the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the terms of the Seth Jones trade from July 23, 2021. The Blackhawks would’ve hung on to that pick if they’d won the lottery and moved into the top two of this year’s draft. Chicago entered the draft lottery with a 7.5 percent chance at winning the lottery and...
May 10, 2022
Stanley Cup Playoffs, Draft Lottery Discussion: May 10

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Draft Lottery Discussion: May 10

Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via The Blackhawks’ future is revealed on Tuesday evening before a slew of excellent NHL postseason action. Another busy night in the NHL starts with the 2022 Draft Lottery, where the Chicago Blackhawks have a 7.5 percent chance to win Tuesday’s lottery and move into the top 2 of the upcoming NHL Draft. After that, the Stanley Cup Playoffs take over the airwaves with four games from four series that are in identical situations ahead of Game 5. Each series is tied at two games apiece, which should make for an especially interesting night...
May 10, 2022
Morning Bag Skate: 5-10-22

Morning Bag Skate: 5-10-22

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ A daily look at hockey news around the world. This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news. BLACKHAWKS Blackhawks Q&A: What is GM Kyle Davidson’s plan for the rebuild? What will they do at goalie? (Tribune) How did the Blackhawks go an entire season with no defenseman scoring a PPG? (SCH) Strome can reflect on his season with pride: “I just tried to stick to who I am” (Sun-Times) Musings on Madison, Episode 88 — Another playoff-less Blackhawks season ends (SCH) The ‘21-22 Chicago Blackhawks: By the numbers (SCH) 3...
May 9, 2022
Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 9

Stanley Cup Playoffs Discussion: May 9

Fours are wild on a Monday night featuring four Game 4s! We’re already into the second week of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and one series could end this evening while three others remain much closer. It again starts out east as the Washington Capitals host own a 2-1 series lead and host the Florida Panthers. The home team is up 2-1 in the other Eastern Conference series as well, with the Pittsburgh Penguins looking for a 3-1 series lead over the New York Rangers. In the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators are at home and need a win over the Colorado Avalanche to keep...
May 9, 2022
How did the Blackhawks go an entire season with no defenseman scoring a PPG?

How did the Blackhawks go an entire season with no defenseman scoring a PPG?

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Exploring the reasons behind a statistical anomaly from last season. Among the many things that did not happen for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2021-22 NHL season was a statistical anomaly that hadn’t occurred in just over five decades. For the first time since the ‘70-71 Buffalo Sabres expansion season, the Blackhawks went a full NHL season without a defenseman scoring a power-play goal. It was a strange development for a Blackhawks’ power play which certainly wasn’t good but has also been worse. During the 70...
May 9, 2022
Morning Bag Skate: 5-9-22

Morning Bag Skate: 5-9-22

Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via A daily look at hockey news around the world. This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news. BLACKHAWKS Strome can reflect on his season with pride: “I just tried to stick to who I am” (Sun-Times) Musings on Madison, Episode 88 — Another playoff-less Blackhawks season ends (SCH) The ‘21-22 Chicago Blackhawks: By the numbers (SCH) 3 things we learned from Kyle Davidson, including why he hired a “baseball guy” (Tribune) Like Blackhawks prospects, IceHogs broadcaster Joseph Zakrzewski has NHL dreams (The...