<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Madhouse Enforcer | Chicago Blackhawks NHL Blog]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/madhouse-enforcer http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:31:15 -0500 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:31:15 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Madhouse Enforcer's First Round Playoff Predictions]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:29:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/game+5-7.jpg
The NHL playoffs are set to kick off on Wednesday night, and before the first puck drops, Madhouse Enforcer is here to make our picks for all eight first round series.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Kane Skates on Third Line Tuesday]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:32:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/466738891.jpg
In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at how the Chicago Blackhawks may line up Thursday against the St. Louis Blues, as well as how Jeremy Morin is handling his potential benching before...

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<![CDATA[Kane, Saad Get Playoff Mullets Once Again ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:30:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kane-mullet-2013.jpg
Mullets seemed to do the trick for Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad as the Chicago Blackhawks won the 2013 Stanley Cup, and the duo is hoping their luck will continue this year as they got the hair cuts again...]]>
<![CDATA[Madhouse Enforcer Presents: The Blackhawks Awards]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:41:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/465835581.jpg
The playoffs are rapidly approaching, but Madhouse Enforcer wants to take one more look back at the season as we give out our Blackhawks Awards.

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<![CDATA[Blues vs. Blackhawks: A History Lesson]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:37:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+blues+edit.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues were two of the league's most violent rivals in the early 1990's, and this year's playoff matchup could contain echoes of that hard-hitting past.]]>
<![CDATA[First Round Matchups: Hitchcock vs. Quenneville]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:19:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/quenneville-1-22.jpg
Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville are both in the top-10 in all-time coaching victories in NHL history, but which tactician holds the edge when the playoffs begin this week?

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<![CDATA[Toews Rebuffs Critics, Calls Orpik Hit "Clean" ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:39:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toews+Orpik+getty.jpg
After Jonathan Toews was injured by a Brooks Orpik hit along the boards, some fans and pundits chastised the Blackhawks for not seeking vengeance. The captain rebuffed those critiques Monday.

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<![CDATA[First Round Matchups: Miller vs. Crawford ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:29:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480556523.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are both strong defensive teams, but goaltenders Corey Crawford and Ryan Miller will be equally instrumental in determining their teams' fate.

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<![CDATA[How Did We Do in Hockey Preseason Picks?]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:21:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/474407859.jpg
A lot of times, NHL experts make their predictions for the season before it begins, and then ignore them afterwards. We believe in accountability, so we checked in on our preseason picks.

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<![CDATA[Blues vs. Blackhawks: TV Schedule ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:07:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/479583305.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are meeting in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and we have your full TV schedule for this matchup of heated rivals.

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<![CDATA[First Thoughts: Blues vs. Blackhawks]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:56:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/477040895.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues have had their fair share of run-ins in the NHL playoffs, and this year will be no different as the teams square off in the first round.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks, Blues to Battle in First Round of Playoffs]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:12:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/466769217.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues will be meeting in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and national TV networks are paying attention as NBC will air Game 2 on Saturday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Lose Meaningless Game to Capitals]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:09:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/466738891.jpg
Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal to help lead the Washington Capitals to a low-intensity 4-0 rout of the coasting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in a game between teams whose postseason...

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<![CDATA[Blues, Avalanche Heading in Opposite Directions as Playoffs Near]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:00:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/478261811.jpg
Some Chicago Blackhawks fans are hoping for a series against the skidding St. Louis Blues, but if history tells us anything, it's that the way a team finishes the regular season doesn't mean anything in...

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Owner Won't Grow Beard for Playoff Run ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:45:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/170405732-wirtz.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz is willing to support the team (and its charitable arms) in any way he can, but he does have one limit: no playoff beards.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks to Open 2014 Playoffs On Road]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:38:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/467727957.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks will open their Stanley Cup championship defense on the road next week, as the Colorado Avalanche took the lead in the Central Division with a win on Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Teravainen Demoted by Blackhawks]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:01:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Teravainen+new+getty+new.jpg
Teuvo Teravainen, who had sat out the Chicago Blackhawks' last four games as a healthy scratch, was sent down to the Rockford IceHogs on Thursday afternoon.]]>
<![CDATA[Morin Earning Playoff Lineup Spot with Stellar Play]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:53:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeremy+Morin1.jpg
Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville often talks about going with the hot hand, but in the case of Jeremy Morin, the coach needs to put his money where his mouth is.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Still in Thick of Central Race After Win ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:40:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480575823.jpg
The Colorado Avalanche are just two points out of the top spot in the Central Division, but the Chicago Blackhawks are breathing down their necks after a 3-2 win Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Three Stars of Blackhaws' Win Over Canadiens]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:38:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480556523.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have been rolling lately, and they continued their winning ways as they knocked off the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-2 in an overtime thriller.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Win Home Finale in Overtime]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hawks_4-9.jpg
It took some last minute heroics by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, but the Chicago Blackhawks won their last home game of the regular season over the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-2.

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<![CDATA[Kane Skates, Speaks About Recovery]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:08:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kane_returns.jpg
Blackhawks star will be 100 percent ready to go for the playoffs. Peggy Kusinski reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Kane Skates In Practice, Discusses Recovery]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:12:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks-bruins-G6-4.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks got more good injury news on Wednesday, as Patrick Kane hit the ice for the team's morning skate, while Jonathan Toews could start skating Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Central Division Power Rankings: Week 25]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:44:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480951127.jpg
The Colorado Avalanche have a three point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks, but is that enough to take over second place in this week's Central Division Power Rankings?

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<![CDATA[Oduya Likely to Return Wednesday vs. Canadiens]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:58:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP496655602658.jpg
With the end of the regular season looming, the Chicago Blackhawks are finally getting some good news on the health front, as they will get back Johnny Oduya back from injury on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Blackhawks Keep Winning Despite Setbacks]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:37:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/463797411.jpg
In this Monday edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at the way the Chicago Blackhawks have been winning without two of their biggest contributors in recent games.

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<![CDATA[Hawks, Avalanche Gain Ground in Central Race]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:49:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/479583305.jpg
The Central Division race has tightened after Sunday, with the Chicago Blackhawks gaining ground with a win over the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche getting a point against Pittsburgh.

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<![CDATA[Three Stars: Morin Shines Again as Hawks Win]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:32:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeremy+Morin1.jpg
Stars like Patrick Sharp stood tall on Sunday, but as we see in this edition of Three Stars, The Chicago Blackhawks' Rockford reinforcements have paid serious dividends too.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Blast Blues 4-2 Sunday]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:18:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/483083253.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks won their third game in a row on Sunday, and they did it in style with a 4-2 triumph over the St. Louis Blues in a nationally televised United Center throwdown.

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<![CDATA[Smith Scores with 3.8 Seconds Remaining to Beat Jackets]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:13:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/482809317.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have played two games without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, and thanks to a late goal by Ben Smith, they've won both contests as they knocked off Columbus 4-3.

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<![CDATA[Oduya Out for Friday's Game vs. Blue Jackets]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:52:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Oduya+Scuffle.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks' injury woes will continue Friday, as defenseman Johnny Oduya will miss his second straight game with a lower body injury.

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<![CDATA[Three Stars: Bickell, Crawford Step Up as Hawks Snap Skid]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:50:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480556523.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks won on Thursday night despite missing their two best players, and it was the play of guys like Bryan Bickell that stood out most, as we see in this edition of Three Stars.

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<![CDATA[Morin Shows Defensive Skills in Win Over Wild ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:48:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jeremy+Morin1.jpg
Whether using advanced metrics or the eye test, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jeremy Morin is showing some improved defensive skills in his latest call-up to the NHL.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Headlines: Smith's Versatility Drawing Plaudits]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:43:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks-maple-leafs-1.jpg
Are the Chicago Blackhawks handling Jonathan Toews' injury properly? One Chicago scribe thinks so, and we see what he has to say in Friday's Hawks Headlines.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Tame Wild 3-2 in Shootout]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:54:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP130305111986.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks snapped a three game losing streak on Thursday night, beating the Minnesota Wild by a score of 3-2 at the United Center.

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<![CDATA[Bollig Calls Orpik Hit on Toews "Clean" ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:48:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP130318117293.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have been criticized in some circles for not responding to Brooks Orpik's hit on Jonathan Toews, but one player dismissed the criticism on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Toews Out for Rest of the Regular Season]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:18:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Toews+Orpik+getty.jpg
The road to the playoffs just got a lot harder for the Chicago Blackhawks, as Jonathan Toews will miss the remainder of the regular season with an upper body injury.]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Recall Joakim Nordstrom from Rockford]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:14:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Joakim+Nordstrom.JPG
Forward Joakim Nordstrom made waves when he started the season with the Chicago Blackhawks, and now after a lengthy stint with the Rockford IceHogs, he'll be heading back to the Windy City, the team...]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Announce New Affiliation Agreement with Indy Fuel]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:45:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/459639639.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks announced a change in their ECHL affiliate on Tuesday, inking a five-year deal with the Indy Fuel.

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<![CDATA[Whodunit? Stanley Cup Stolen in New Ad Campaign]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:42:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13062414381.jpg
There are few things more frightening to a hockey fan than the notion of the Stanley Cup being stolen, but that's exactly what has happened as part of a new advertising campaign by the NHL.

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<![CDATA[Mayers Criticizes Hawks for Not Responding to Toews Hit]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:50:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks-maple-leafs-1.jpg
Some fans weren't happy that the Chicago Blackhawks didn't seek revenge on Brooks Orpik after his hit on Jonathan Toews Sunday, and NHL Network analyst Jamal Mayers agrees.

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<![CDATA[How Should Blackhawks Line Up if Toews Misses Games? ]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:09:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rangers-Blackhawks-0227.jpg
If Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews misses time with an upper body injury, how should the team line up in their next game? We provide our best guesses for head coach Joel Quenneville.

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<![CDATA[Penguins Dump Blackhawks 4-1]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:51:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/481629213.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks lost their third consecutive game on Sunday as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored twice in the Pens' victory.

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<![CDATA[Toews "Day-to-Day" After Massive Hit from Brooks Orpik]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:46:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/475984677.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are already without Patrick Kane, and they may now be without captain Jonathan Toews after he took a massive hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Clinch Playoff Spot After Tough Week]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:12:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480556523.jpg
After a tough week, the Chicago Blackhawks clinched a spot in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks' Recent Struggles a Reason for Concern]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:52:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hawks_3-21.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks have lost five of their last six games on the road and three of their last four overall. Should fans of the team be worried heading into the stretch run?

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<![CDATA[Senators Knock off Blackhawks 5-3]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:34:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/481224835.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks are hitting the skids at a bad time in their schedule, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Will Blackhawks Clinch Playoff Spot Tonight?]]> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:56:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/479428817.jpg
The Chicago Blackhawks will get their third chance to clinch a playoff spot on Friday night as they take on the Ottawa Senators in Canada's capital.

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<![CDATA[Bruins Shut Out Blackhawks 3-0]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:44:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/480951127.jpg
The Boston Bruins took advantage of two goals in 13 seconds in the third period as they knocked off the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 3-0 Thursday night.

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