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Corey Crawford hopes denser schedule will help him find elusive rhythm

The Blackhawks’ strange early-season schedule finally entered a stretch of regular games Friday. That will lead to more starts for Crawford moving forward.

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Blackhawks recall rookie center Kirby Dach from conditioning stint after three AHL appearances

Dach registered zero points and seven shots on goal with the Rockford IceHogs.

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Jonathan Toews breaks slump with OT goal as Blackhawks edge Blue Jackets

Toews scored his first goal of the season as the Hawks rallied to win 3-2.

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Former AHL teammates Calvin de Haan, Jeremy Colliton enjoying reunion with Blackhawks

Calvin de Haan was a rookie and Jeremy Colliton an AHL captain when their careers crossed eight years ago. Now, they’re back together in far different roles.

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Jonathan Toews hopes he’s now climbing out of season-opening slump

The typically well-rounded star has just one point in four games, and also some of the worst defensive numbers in the NHL. But he was better against the Oilers.

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Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad enjoying stellar start in unusual role

Despite playing fewer minutes than ever, Saad has been the Hawks’ most effective possession player so far.

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For new Blackhawks, United Center’s anthem atmosphere provides unique pregame boost

The tradition of cheering through the anthem remains as fervent as ever. The Hawks’ new players, even European ones, can’t help but feed off the energy.

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Blackhawks ride strong second period to beat Oilers, earn first win of season

The Hawks controlled play in the middle period for the first time this season en route to a 3-1 victory.

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Robin Lehner shows he still could be Blackhawks’ X-factor this season

With so much about the Hawks in need of immediate repair, giving Lehner the opportunity to run with the starting-goalie role and carry the team out of the NHL’s early-season cellar might be the easiest potential fix of all.

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Scrambled Blackhawks remain winless after overtime loss to Jets

The Hawks dropped to 0-2-1 on the season after squandering a two-goal lead in a 3-2 home defeat.

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Blackhawks notebook: Kirby Dach assigned to Rockford for conditioning stint

The third overall pick in the NHL Draft in June played Saturday for the IceHogs and can play up to four more games there.

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Excessively long shifts contributing to Hawks’ early-season struggles

Entering action Friday, the Hawks were averaging the fourth-longest shifts in the NHL — and they weren’t in good company.

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Blackhawks shuffle lines, splitting Kane and Toews and benching Nylander

Playing the two star forwards together on the top line failed miserably in the Hawks’ 0-2 start.

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Blackhawks turn up pressure on penalty kill to no avail

After finishing last in the league in penalty-kill rate last season, the Hawks have made some schematic adjustments but struggled again Thursday against the Sharks.

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Blackhawks’ puck management sloppy again in home-opening loss to Sharks

The Hawks again committed a slew of turnovers and looked scrambled in their own zone as they fell to 0-2 on the season.

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Just Sayin’: Start fast, Blackhawks — like all those other Chicago teams didn’t

Just one piece of advice for the Blackhawks as they attempt to navigate their way through the early seven-game homestand that began Thursday with a 5-4 loss to the previously 0-4-0 Sharks: For the love of Polish sausage, Italian beef, cheering through the national anthem, "Chelsea Dagger" and all else that’s sacred and holy in this world, don’t blow it.

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Blackhawks’ home opener will bring back sweet memories for Andrew Shaw

The Hawks’ game against the Sharks on Thursday will mark the official return of Shaw, a beloved fan favorite.

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First-line winger Alex Nylander amazed at how much his fortunes have turned

In a few months, Nylander has gone from a potential bust in the Sabres’ system to the winger for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

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Chicago Police officers continue to abuse parking privileges, inspector general says

Inspector General Joe Ferguson says Chicago police officers continue to use police placards to park illegally around City Hall and near Soldier Field and Wrigley Field.

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Blackhawks’ Kirby Dach unlikely to debut vs. Sharks as frustrating wait drags on

The third overall pick has now missed almost a month with a concussion, and it hasn’t gotten any clearer when he’ll finally play a game.

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Faceoff dilemma confronts Blackhawks as David Kampf struggles, rule change doesn’t help

After a bad 2018-19 season in the faceoff dot, the Hawks were dominated on draws again in their 2019-20 season opener.

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Blackhawks hope bonding experiences will make opening loss and jet lag worthwhile

Without a mark in the win column, the Hawks must hope the team chemistry developed will ultimately give their European excursion a beneficial gloss.

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Training-camp darling Dennis Gilbert plays in Blackhawks’ opener after all

It seemed like his preseason charge had fallen just short, but with Calvin de Haan held out Friday, Gilbert deservedly appeared in the Hawks-Flyers game.

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Blackhawks doomed by turnover plague in season-opening loss to Flyers

A flood of self-inflicted turnovers gifted the speedy Flyers waves of chances in transition and gave the Hawks’ own defensemen no time to find their positions.

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Flyers glide by Blackhawks 4-3 to win season opener in Prague

The Blackhawks were unable to complete a comeback in the Czech Republic.

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As Blackhawks’ core readies for make-or-break season, a new member is inducted

On Thursday, Alex DeBrincat became a true member of the Hawks’ core. On Friday, that core will begin a crucial season to try to revive the team.

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Five key questions that will determine the Blackhawks’ 2019-20 fate

For every fan who will pack the United Center this season, there are equally many paths that this season could follow. Here are five crucial questions that will determine which road is eventually taken.

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How to watch the Blackhawks’ season-opener in Prague

The Blackhawks redefine opening on the road with their game against the Flyers in the Czech Republic.

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Just Sayin’: Crank up those Illini expectations — it’s time to return to the NCAA Tournament

It’s not too early to turn up the heat on third-year coach Brad Underwood, either. The Illini don’t have to settle for playing their way onto the tournament bubble, as Big Ten media predict they will. This team has all the necessary ingredients to break through this season.

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Blackhawks sign Alex DeBrincat to three-year contract extension

The extension will kick in next summer and carry a $6.4 million cap hit.

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Calvin de Haan not on same page with Jeremy Colliton about his status for season opener

De Haan’s presence on the active roster indicates he will play. De Haan himself thinks he won’t play. Jeremy Colliton said the true answer could be either of those.

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Blackhawks finalize official roster with Brendan Perlini, Slater Koekkoek aboard

Koekkoek and Perlini made the team after Anton Wedin, Dennis Gilbert and Collin Delia were sent to Rockford of the AHL and Carl Dahlstrom was claimed by Jets.