In this edition of Hawks Headlines, the Chicago Blackhawks’ recent winning streak, the stellar play of Jeremy Morin, and questions surrounding the benching of Teuvo Teravainen are all examined as we take a deeper look at the Hawks.
- We start out with the Hawks’ recent winning ways, as they’ve reeled off three consecutive victories over playoff teams after losing three road games in a row. Their next challenge will be a big one as they face the red-hot Montreal Canadiens, but even without Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in the lineup, they’re still finding a way to get it done. [ESPN Chicago]
- Michal Handzus was nominated for the Masterton Trophy over the weekend, an award given to the player who most exemplifies the qualities of perseverance and sportsmanship. [CSN Chicago]
- Are the Hawks over the Teuvo Teravainen hype machine? It would appear so, as he is still out of the lineup and not likely to get back in any time soon because of the play of guys like Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom. [Daily Herald]
- Ever wondered what stat-heads are talking about when they bring up Shots For (SF%) percentage? Our favorite number cruncher Jen is back with a look at the metric and what it can tell us about hockey teams. [Second City Hockey]
- Morin is making a strong case to stick with the Hawks for the long-term, as he’s been a spark plug for the team on both sides of the ice in recent weeks. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- The Hawks inked defenseman Stephen Johns to an entry-level deal over the weekend, and likely have sealed the fate of one of the team’s incumbent defensemen at some point next season. [Third Man In]
- Finally, Brandon Saad wants to make the most of his playing time as the playoffs approach. Unfortunately for Saad, he was a healthy scratch on Sunday when the Hawks took down the St. Louis Blues, and so his road to relevance took a hit. [Chicago Tribune]