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Bedard has tried to play a more complete game since returning from injury, hustling back on defense and being feistier on the ice.
Foligno has played very well in February, notching points in six straight games. But since he devotes his brainpower so exclusively to helping the Hawks develop a winning culture, his individual successes are often overshadowed.
There are two storylines dominating this season: Bedard produces points, and the Hawks lose games. Both continued Monday, as the rookie star’s three points were nowhere near enough to save his team from a 6-3 defeat.
Before sending down the talented but frustrating young forward, the Hawks coach had a conversation with Reichel about the next steps he must take.
Also, Connor Bedard’s return to the Blackhawks and an ode to Mac McClung’s leaping ability.
Reichel has tallied only 10 points in 50 NHL games this season and looked nothing like his former self. The Hawks now hope a minor-league demotion could rejuvenate his confidence.
Korchinski didn’t play the final 11 minutes of the second period Saturday after an “ill-advised” pinch, but coach Luke Richardson thought the rookie defenseman responded with a better third period.
Connor Bedard, Jason Dickinson and Petr Mrazek are collectively responsible for most of the Hawks’ fleeting success this season, and they each contributed to a 3-2 victory Saturday that snapped an eight-game skid.
Before returning to the Hawks’ lineup Thursday, the rookie star used work ethic and impatience to push through his recovery as quickly as possible — after initially believing he could pull a Zdeno Chara and miss no time at all.
The rookie star slid back into the Hawks’ lineup Thursday — nearly a week before the team had said he might return — and found his mojo as the night progressed, although the Hawks lost 4-1 for their eighth straight defeat.
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After missing just under six weeks with a jaw injury, the Hawks’ star rookie will play Thursday at the United Center — an ahead-of-schedule return after coach Luke Richardson said Monday he expected Bedard to return next week.
Since Jan. 5, the Hawks have killed off 40 of 45 opposing power plays — an 88.9% kill rate that ranks No. 1 in the league during that time period. “It’s one area we’re proud we’re gaining strides in,” Luke Richardson said.
It wasn’t surprising the Hawks lost 4-2 on Tuesday against the NHL’s top-ranked team, but it was notable that Richardson saw ‘‘nothing to be proud of’’ in their game.
Alex Vlasic watched the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field from his friend’s basement in Glenview. Next year, he’ll get to play in the game itself, calling it “a dream come true.” And he’s not the only Hawk who feels that way.
Bedard, who has been out since Jan. 5 with a broken jaw, will most likely rejoin the Hawks’ lineup either Feb. 21 against the Flyers or Feb. 23 against the Jets.
With 12 of the 19 forwards currently in the NHL roster mix on contracts expiring this summer, general manager Kyle Davidson will have tons of flexibility to reshape how things look up front.
Connor Bedard is the No. 1 thing bringing fans to the United Center this season, but growth in the female and non-white sectors of the Hawks’ fan base has helped maintain the attendance average of 18,799.
The Rangers scored midway through the extra period to hand the Hawks their sixth loss in a row.
Mrázek has been one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the Blackhawks.
Owner George Lemperis said Friday the damage was extensive but that he plans to reopen: “They rebuilt the World Trade Center. I can certainly rebuild this.”
Raddysh has scored just five goals in 46 games this year, down from 20 goals in 78 games last year. A return to more his efficient, dangerous ways during the final 31 games would help him and the Hawks significantly.
With a number of players graduated off the preseason list, Nazar, Oliver Moore and Colton Dach top the list for now — before the 2024 draft class infuses even more talent into the pool.
The Hawks fell 2-1 on Wednesday, recording their fifth straight loss despite another solid Petr Mrazek start.
The NHL’s biggest outdoor event will return to the Cubs’ ballpark next season for the first time since 2009, a source told the Sun-Times on Tuesday.
Johnson is expected to return to action Wednesday — the Hawks’ first game after the All-Star break — after missing a month with a foot injury. Bedard remains a few weeks away, however.