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Hawks Headlines: Sharp Looking Forward to Birth of Second Child

Also, plenty of coverage of Wednesday's Blackhawks-Blues tilt

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Hawks Headlines: Nordstrom Adjusting to Role on Penatly Kill

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Patrick Sharp-Hockey-Winnipeg, Canada/Chicago, IL
Local look: Sharp lives in Chicago year-round and is signed with the Blackhawks through 2017.
Hyper-local tidbit: Sharps first child, Madelyn Grace Sharp, was born at Northwestern Hospital Dec. 9, 2011.

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In Wednesday’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a deep look at the upcoming game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, and also take a peek at some of the adjustments that Joakim Nordstrom and company are making on the team’s penalty killing unit.

- Hawks forward Patrick Sharp and his wife Abby are expecting their second child within the next few days. He has said that he will miss a game if he has to, but with the team returning to Chicago after their game against the Blues Wednesday, at least he won’t have to hop on a plane to get back. [ESPN Chicago]

- As you’ll recall, Blackhawks fans weren’t allowed to buy tickets to their game against the Blues so that the arena would be predominately Blues fans. That plan has hit a bit of a snag, as the St. Louis Cardinals will be facing off with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the exact same time tomorrow night. [CSN Chicago]

- Obviously, this game between two divisional rivals is not only big from a bragging rights perspective, it’s also big from the perspective that the two teams will be battling all year for the top spot in the Central. [Daily Herald]

- If you haven’t seen enough coverage of the Hawks-Blues game, then Greg Boysen has more for you. [Second City Hockey]

- Stepping aside from Wednesday’s game, Mark Lazerus has an interesting story on how rookie Joakim Nordstrom is trying to adjust to his role as a fourth line player and penalty killer. [Chicago Sun-Times]

- Kyle Beach, who was a first round pick of the Hawks in 2008, was recently sent to Sweden to play in the Swedish Elite League. His comments about how he was forced to be a “goon” in the AHL riled Chris Block up pretty good. [Third Man In]

- Scared of statistics? Then don’t read this piece by Sam Fels. [Real Fans Program]

- Finally, this video has absolutely nothing to do with the Blackhawks, but Tomas Hertl, a forward for the San Jose Sharks, is a guy that you should make every effort to become familiar with. Especially if he’s going to score goals like this on a regular basis:

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