Minnesota Wild

Kris Versteeg. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Blackhawks Notes: ‘Gut-Check Time’ For Versteeg

It’s not official, but indications are that Game 1 of Chicago’s conference semifinal series will be Friday.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2014

Jonathan Toews skates off the ice after being checked into the corner by Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hoge: Caution Is The Right Approach For Blackhawks As Playoffs Near

The final stretch of game doesn’t mean much, which is why the Blackhawks should be as careful as possible.

CBS Chicago–04/03/2014

Partick Sharp #10, Jonathan Toews #19, Marian Hossa #81, Brent Seabrook #7 and Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate Toews second period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on January 12, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Silverman: Demanding Pre-Olympic Road Trip Will Test Blackhawks

They face nine games prior to the Olympic break, and eight of them are on the road — including games at Detroit, Minnesota, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Anaheim.

670 The Score–01/22/2014

Bryan Bickell.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Fall To Backstrom, Wild 5-3

Bryan Bickell scored for the fourth consecutive game for the Blackhawks, who had recorded at least one point in each of their past seven games. Patrick Kane added his team-best sixth goal in the third period.


New York Rangers winger Derek Boogaard fights with New York Islanders winger Trevor Gillies at the Nassau Coliseum on December 2, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Boogaard Family Sues NHL For Son’s Death

The family of a National Hockey League player who died of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NHL, blaming it for brain damage he suffered as an enforcer and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.


Corey Crawford makes a save against the Wild. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Crawford Answers Blackhawks’ Biggest Question

Midway through the first period of the Blackhawks’ series clinching win Thursday night, a chant not often heard at the United Center broke out.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2013

Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks is congratulated by teammates. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hossa Scores Twice As Blackhawks Eliminate Wild

Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks were well aware they’d been playoff underachievers since they captured the Stanley Cup in 2010. Now, they’re eyeing another championship. And they just took an important step toward it.


Jonathan Toews. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Notebook: Toews Denies Cheating On Faceoffs

One of the odder moments of the Blackhawks’ series with the Wild came Monday when Wild head coach Mike Yeo subtly accused the Hawks of cheating on faceoffs.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2013

Patrick Kane. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Hoge: Blackhawks’ Mentality To Close Out Wild? Play Better

For a team with a 3-1 series lead over the Minnesota Wild, the Blackhawks sure don’t sound like a team that is happy with its play.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2013

Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild by Sharp during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (Credit: Hannah Foslien, Getty)

Sharp Gets 2 Goals, Blackhawks Top Wild 3-0

The Chicago Blackhawks were beaten the last game in the corners, along the boards and by an overtime goal for the Minnesota Wild. By hurling their bodies in front of puck after puck, the Blackhawks stopped the Wild’s momentum right where it started.


Jonathan Toews.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Silverman: Time For Scoreless Toews To Assert Himself Against Wild

There’s something that’s not quite right with the Chicago Blackhawks.

670 The Score–05/07/2013

Marian Hossa battles with Mikko Koivu. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Blackhawks Set For Bruising Bounce Back

Trying to keep up with the Chicago Blackhawks would be unwise for the Minnesota Wild.

CBS Chicago–05/07/2013

Corey Crawford deflects a shot by Torrey Mitchell  of the Minnesota Wild. (Credit: Hannah Foslien, Getty)

Hawks Fall To Wild 3-2 In Overtime

Jason Zucker scored at 2:15 of overtime to give Minnesota a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, pulling the Wild within 2-1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.


(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Positively Minnesota: Harding Shines, Inspires

Minnesota Wild goaltender doesn’t want to be considered the NHL’s only player with multiple sclerosis, he just wants to be recognized for stopping the puck.


Corey Crawford.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

Silverman: Crawford Breathes Huge Sigh Of Relief With Overtime Success In Game 1

The Blackhawks are likely going to get by the Wild without much more trouble the rest of the way. However, Quenneville & Co. now understand that Crawford can make the key save when the game is on the line.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2013

Jonathan Toews. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Bickell Scores In OT, Blackhawks Beat Wild 2-1

Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Chicago Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night.


Niklas Backstrom. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Wild Lose Backstrom After Injury During Warmups

It didn’t take long for the Blackhawks to gain a huge advantage in their opening round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

Marian Hossa

Silverman: Stanley Cup-Bound Blackhawks Will Face Major Challenges Along The Way

The Blackhawks are the best team in the West and should be on a collision course with the Penguins. But there will be challenges, and when they get to the second round, they could face a huge one.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2013

Jonathan Toews skates against Jared Spurgeon. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Blackhawks-Wild Playoff Schedule

Here’s a complete Blackhawks schedule for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2013

Jared Spurgeon of the Minnesota Wild takes the puck away from Jonathan Toews. (Credit: Hannah Foslien, Getty)

Hossa, Emery Carry Blackhawks To 1-0 Win Over Wild

Marian Hossa’s unassisted goal late in the second period lifted the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth win in six games, 1-0 over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.