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For Blackhawks, finally healthy Olli Maatta is functionally the new Calvin de Haan

De Haan is "likely" out long-term with his shoulder injury, so Maatta will step into a very similar role in the Hawks’ lineup.

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Blackhawks’ injuries offer Adam Boqvist opportunity to secure full-time NHL job

With Duncan Keith and Calvin de Haan both likely out for weeks, the door is wide open for the Blackhawks’ top defensive prospect.

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Blackhawks’ recent salary cap issues forewarn of impending crunch in summer 2020

The Hawks may not have to play another game with only 17 skaters this season, but the cap squeeze that caused that debacle could bite them after this season.

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Blackhawks lose another defenseman, blown out by Golden Knights

Calvin de Haan suffered another shoulder injury and the Hawks’ defense, already down Duncan Keith and Olli Maatta, could not hold up in a 5-1 defeat.

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Blackhawks notebook: Olli Maatta still ‘drowning’ under effects of mysterious illness

Maatta has missed four games now with an undisclosed sickness that just won’t go away. Plus, Jonathan Toews talks about his long-awaited offensive breakout on Sunday.

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant has replaced Joe Maddon as head of the dead-man-walking department

Theo Epstein and the Cubs are trying to trade Bryant. He probably won’t be a Cub for long. If he’s back with the team in 2020, great; it’ll be his swan song on the North Side, his lame-duck waddle. Epstein and the Cubs are bent on getting out of the Bryant business.

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Blackhawks’ search for missing top-six winger focuses on Dominik Kubalik, with early returns

From the start of training camp, the Blackhawks have needed a sixth top-six scorer. Dominik Kubalik, whose debut on Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad’s wing went well Sunday, could be the right guy.

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Blackhawks’ Dylan Sikura faces a make-or-break season

Sikura played well in his 33 games last season, but couldn’t escape his one fatal flaw. He was finally called up Sunday, but the clock is ticking on his NHL potential.

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Blackhawks, frustrated about penalty disparity, fall to Coyotes in shootout

The Hawks committed six minor penalties in the 4-3 shootout defeat.

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Blackhawks rely more on defenseman Calvin de Haan with Duncan Keith, Olli Maatta out

De Haan played more than 49 minutes in two days against the Bruins and Devils.

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This You Gotta See: AFC slugfests, Bulls-Clippers and college football’s playoff selections

Here’s one guess: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Utah in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, and No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. Because sending the Western semifinalist to the South and the Southern semifinalists to the West would just be so totally college football.

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Defenseman Connor Murphy, the Blackhawks’ part-time locker-room DJ, discusses music and more in this week’s Chat Room

Murphy discussed music, shopping for his new apartment and why a meathead YouTuber is out to get him in this week’s Chat Room.

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Blackhawks notebook: Penalty kill’s drastic improvement an overlooked positive

The Hawks’ PK was historically terrible last season; it’s been mediocre this season, and objectively good lately. Plus, injury news on Duncan Keith and Andrew Shaw, and a check-in on how recently traded Hawks are faring on their new teams.

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Blackhawks edge Devils as Alex DeBrincat’s long-awaited awakening takes second step

After a demoralizing 12-game goal drought, DeBrincat scored for the second time in as many days Friday to help the Hawks to a 2-1 shootout victory.

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As Blackhawks endure concussion plague, ‘symptom nonlinearity’ creates an extra challenge

For Drake Caggiula and Dylan Strome, symptoms didn’t appear until multiple days after their concussion occurred. That’s "actually not as infrequent as you may think," a doctor says.

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Blackhawks earn much-needed victory against Bruins despite late meltdown

The Hawks squandered a 3-0 lead, but Jonathan Toews’ game-winner in overtime provided a reason to smile for the first time in weeks.

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Adopting shoot-first mentality won’t be a new experience for Kirby Dach

The Blackhawks rookie took it upon himself to make the same mentality change in summer 2018 that he must make again now.

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After 15 games, Patrick Kane’s resilient point streak finally snapped

Kane produced 24 points in total and at least one in each of the 15 games, the third-longest streak of his career.

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Dressing only 17 skaters, fatigued Blackhawks easily fall to Blues

The Hawks were able to dress only 17 skaters and suffered their first home shutout in almost two years.

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Blackhawks to conduct review of assistant coach Marc Crawford as physical abuse allegations mount

Crawford, hired as an assistant this summer, has been accused of physically assaulting players while coaching the Canucks and Kings.

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Plague of short-term injuries puts Blackhawks in bizarre, unfortunate roster and salary cap situation

The Blackhawks will be able to dress only 17 skaters for Monday’s game against the Blues, one fewer than normal.

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In home-and-home sweep, Avalanche show potential to replicate Blackhawks’ early-decade run

The young, loaded and high-flying Avs crushed the Hawks this weekend, something they likely will do to a number of teams in the coming years.

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Blackhawks brushed, but ultimately spared, by hockey’s November of reckoning

The Hawks are one of five teams so far touched by the NHL’s two weeks of forced cultural awakening, but they’ll walk away relatively unscathed.

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Blackhawks crumble in second period, get blown out again by Avalanche

The Avs scored seven goals in barely over half the game, then cruised to a 7-3 victory over the slumping Hawks.

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This You Gotta See: Blackhawks-Blues, Bears-Cowboys and a big-time test for DePaul

The Blue Demons are off to an impressive start, with Paul Reed and Charlie Moore leading the way. Is this the real thing? Knocking off 2019 NCAA Tournament runner-up Texas Tech just might put the "win" and the "trust" in Wintrust.

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Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw embraces role as veteran leader

After being the youngest player on the team when he made his NHL debut Jan. 5, 2012, Andrew Shaw, 28, said it’s weird to be one of the older, more experienced players in the dressing room.

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Defenseman Duncan Keith injured as Blackhawks hammered by speedy Avalanche

The Hawks will be without Keith for the rematch Saturday in Denver, while the Avs might get star Mikko Rantanen back.

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2019 Chicago GM-coach rankings are here! Bears’ Pace-Nagy worst, White Sox’ Hahn-Renteria first!

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Trubisky helps bring down Bears’ leadership. Sox’ young talent lifts team’s decision-makers.

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Despite solid production, Kirby Dach not generating enough shots for Blackhawks

Dach passed up several prime shooting opportunities Friday against the Avalanche, continuing a recent trend.

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Blackhawks finally testing forward depth with Matthew Highmore, Anton Wedin call-ups

Wedin and Highmore were among the Rockford IceHogs’ scoring leaders before the Hawks called them up this week.

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Connor Murphy’s Midas touch now making Olli Maatta golden for Blackhawks

Murphy can seemingly fix everything for the Blackhawks, including any fellow defenseman he’s paired with.

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Morning skates and warmups offer Blackhawks preview of game readiness — but they can be deceiving

Asked if they could tell by morning skate or pregame warmups if they had their legs going any given day, the Blackhawks offered a wide variety of opinions.