In this Friday edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at a group of Chicago Blackhawks embracing their role on the team, the safety concerns that some Blackhawks heading to Sochi are talking about, and examine the upcoming road trip that the team will be going on before those Sochi Olympics take place.
- We start out with the Blackhawks’ fourth line, which has really been embracing the role that they are supposed to fill for the team. Whether it’s upping their physical game or occasionally serving as offensive catalysts, that group is doing it all. [Chicago Tribune]
- In light of news that the United States will be positioning warships in the Black Sea for quick evacuation of Americans in the event of a terrorist attack during the Sochi Winter Olympics, Patrick Kane was one of the Blackhawks who discussed safety concerns in heading over to Russia for the Games. [CSN Chicago]
- In the debut edition of his new podcast for ESPN, Scott Powers chats with Craig Custance about the team and where they are heading. [ESPN Chicago]
- Should Corey Crawford be walking around the Blackhawks’ locker room doing his best Rodney Dangerfield impression? Greg Boysen asks why the Hawks’ goalie gets “no respect” from fans of the team. [Second City Hockey]
- According to Mark Lazerus, the Blackhawks are a team that is built to succeed in overtime. The question then is why have the Hawks not won a game in overtime since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final? [Chicago Sun-Times]
- On Sunday, the Blackhawks will play their final home game before the Olympic break, and then they will head out on a difficult road trip that’ll take them through some of the toughest arenas in the league. Steve Silverman has a good preview here. [CBS Chicago]
- For every follower Rockford IceHogs forward Pat Mullane gets between now and Saturday, he will donate $.50 to breast cancer awareness charities. The IceHogs have also said they will match the donation. If you want to follow him, his username is @PMullane11. [Icehogs.com]