Toews, TVR, Trevor, Other Ts

For what feels like the first time this season, things have died down a bit with the Hawks news-wise. No injuries, no roster decisions, no turmoil-inducing losses, and just heading off on a roadtrip. Probably also helps calm things down now that the Bears are at least somewhat interesting, shifting attention (even if they’re not actually good). With two weeks on the road, a couple things to look for and watch.

-First, while no one on the main beat ever wants to say it, we haven’t shied from pointing out that some of the Hawks even-strength woes are a result of Jonathan Toews’s “struggles.” The Hawks are still a negative team overall at 5-on-5, which is a weird thing to say about them even at this point in the season. And then you realize the Hawks’ power play has been bailing them out at time and you nearly pass out.

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High On The Hog: Weekend Sweep In Iowa

The Rockford IceHogs, the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, have yet to drop a game to Central Division rival Iowa this season. The Hogs ran their record against the Wild to 5-0 this season with a sweep in DesMoines this weekend.

Rockford is 9-3-1-1 and in second place in the Central Division. There is a lot of credit to go around for what is now a ten-game points streak. Dennis Rasmussen and Bryan Bickell (see after the jump) both had a pair of goals over the weekend. Mark McNeill is on a five game point streak and Ville Pokka has six points in his last four games.

However, not all of the IceHogs are off to a hot start.

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Nov 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo (31) makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) as Calgary Flames defenseman Deryk Engelland (29) defends during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

What the World Needs Now is Another Folk Singer: Blackhawks 4, Flames 1

Box Score

Event Summary

War on Ice

Natural Stat Trick

It’s weird that a first ballot Hall of Famer would make such a difference, huh. Regardless of the opponent, Duncan Keith being in the lineup makes everything look much better. From the defensive pairs to zone exits, the Hawks were efficient tonight in ways they have only been for small spurts this season.

Now if only that Jonathan Toews could get going, maybe this season is salvageable yet. I kid.

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