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Even during strange homecoming, Blackhawks’ Connor Murphy enjoys return from hip injury

Murphy is finally back in the Hawks’ lineup during this series against the Blue Jackets, but isn’t able to visit his family in Columbus due to the NHL’s COVID-19 policies.

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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane growing as a leader while maintaining elite offensive production

Kane’s 30 points in 20 games this season rank third in the NHL and the highest of any player on a U.S. team, but the Hawks are enjoying Kane’s increasingly team-oriented mindset.

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When it comes to leadership and charisma in Chicago sports, we’re in something of a lull

But new White Sox manager Tony La Russa figures to be a show — for better or worse.

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Blackhawks outlast Blue Jackets in shootout after Brandon Hagel finally scores 1st goal

The Hawks blew three leads but survived for a 6-5 win thanks to Hagel’s long-awaited goal, Patrick Kane’s four points and Alex DeBrincat’s shootout winner.

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Practice-happy Blackhawks used 3-day break to work on nuances

The Hawks have held practice on 13 of 22 possible days so far this season, including Sunday and Monday leading into Tuesday’s game.

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Connor Murphy returns for Blackhawks, but Lucas Carlsson, Dylan Strome are out

The Hawks’ injury list has been an ongoing saga since weeks before the season began. It now has eight players: Carlsson, Strome, Jonathan Toews, Alex Nylander, Kirby Dach, Zach Smith, Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw.

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Dylan Strome’s early-season slump leading to lesser role in Blackhawks’ lineup

Strome’s six-game point drought, awful faceoff rate and poor possession stats have cut into his playing time and potentially bumped him out of his preferred position.

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This You Gotta See: Top-flight teams Illinois, Michigan continue on their collision course

The Illini and Wolverines won’t meet for the first time until March 2 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After that, maybe the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis. After that, maybe another Indy tilt in the Final Four.

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Blackhawks’ Adam Boqvist adopts new defensive plan: Play the hands, not the body

In his second season, the undersized 20-year-old defenseman believes his less physical tactics will aid his NHL learning process.

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Blackhawks lose to Hurricanes but hope to learn from their system

"(The Hurricanes’) systems are very similar to how we want to defend," Ian Mitchell said after the Hawks’ 5-3 loss Friday. "We can take a lot from how they played us tonight."

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Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton has left fear — and his doubters — in the rearview

Week by week, his presence is being further validated by a young, surprisingly good team he’d like to think is in his own image.

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Blackhawks’ postponement Saturday a reminder of 2021’s unpredictability

Entering Friday, the Blackhawks were the only U.S.-based NHL team whose 2021 schedule had not changed since its initial release. By midmorning, that was no longer the case.

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NHL postpones Saturday’s Blackhawks-Hurricanes game

Friday’s game will be played as scheduled.

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With first unit struggling, Blackhawks’ second unit keeping power play among NHL’s best

The Hawks have had at least one unit rolling at every point this season, boosting the power play to No. 2 in the league.

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Blackhawks beat Red Wings behind Philipp Kurashev’s goal, Kevin Lankinen’s shutout

Kurashev sliced through the Wings’ defense for one of the prettiest goals of the season, Lankinen saved all 29 shots he faced and the Hawks won 2-0.

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Blackhawks returning from COVID-19 list learned from watching games on TV

While stuck in quarantine, Hawks players like Nicolas Beaudin and Lucas Wallmark learned the view from the TV cameras offers a different — and often more insightful — perspective than the view from ice level.

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Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban quietly excelling in backup role

Subban’s 2-0-1 record and .939 save percentage over his last three starts — despite their infrequency — has made him a reliable second option for the Hawks.

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Blackhawks edge Red Wings in overtime, move into playoff spot

The win bumped the Hawks’ points percentage up to .588, a few decimals above the Stars’ .583 and into fourth place in the Central Division.

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Mattias Janmark’s terrible analytics a curious case for Blackhawks

Janmark has been productive scoring-wise in his first 16 games for the Hawks, but he ranks dead last among 569 NHL skaters in shot attempt differential.

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Blackhawks have found stellar first line in Patrick Kane with Alex DeBrincat, Pius Suter

The Hawks’ winningest stretch last season came when Jonathan Toews, Dominik Kubalik and Brandon Saad were rolling. This season’s new top line of Kane, DeBrincat and Suter has become equally dominant.

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This You Gotta See: Illini put the pedal down in pursuit of possible No. 1 seed

The biggest games of Ayo Dosunmu’s outstanding career have yet to unfold.

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Blackhawks, Kevin Lankinen get revenge with overtime victory against Blue Jackets

Lankinen saved 29 of 31 shots after his rough night Thursday as the Hawks tied the score late, then won 3-2 on Alex DeBrincat’s goal in overtime.

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Blackhawks believe they’re ‘positioned pretty well’ for NHL’s 2021 expansion draft

The Hawks are guaranteed to lose someone to the Seattle Kraken — every team will — but they should be able to protect most or all of their integral players.

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Polling Place: Is Bulls’ Zach LaVine an All-Star? Is Blackhawks’ Kevin Lankinen the man?

LaVine has upped his scoring by a few points a night and now ranks in the top five in the league. The rest of his game is shaky — the forced passes, the matador defense — but did we mention he’s one of the top five scorers in the league?

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Blackhawks’ Adam Boqvist preparing for return after recovering from COVID-19

"COVID, it’s nothing to joke around with, because it could be very bad," Boqvist said Friday. "I’m happy that I didn’t get the so-bad symptoms."

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Brandon Hagel’s tenacious work ethic proving infectious for Blackhawks

Hagel’s hunger for the puck is rubbing off on the rest of the Hawks’ forwards. "He’s driving the mentality that we want," GM Stan Bowman said recently.

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Blackhawks, shaken by Andrew Shaw’s ‘terrible’ concussion, collapse against Blue Jackets

The Hawks blew three leads and lost a 6-5 heartbreaker, just hours after Shaw went on injured reserve.

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Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw out with concussion, Connor Murphy out 10-14 days with hip injury

A visibly shaken Jeremy Colliton said Shaw suffered his newest concussion when he was elbowed in the head Tuesday against the Stars.

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Kevin Lankinen for Calder Trophy? Blackhawks goalie has a legitimate chance

Most of the NHL’s projected top rookies have underperformed this season. Lankinen, meanwhile, has gone 5-1-3 with a .933 save percentage, quickly scaling the leaderboard.

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Blackhawks reach NHL season’s quarter mark with overtime win against Stars

Pius Suter’s goal gave the Hawks another 2-1 overtime victory, improving their record to 6-4-4.

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Blackhawks not ‘holding back’ additional info about Jonathan Toews

Despite swarms of unfounded rumors on social media, the Blackhawks insist the circumstances of Jonathan Toews’ medical absence remain the same as before.

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Blackhawks ‘very concerned’ about Brent Seabrook as back issue lingers

Hawks general manager Stan Bowman detailed Seabrook’s situation Sunday, providing long-awaited clarity.