When we start leaving everything that went wrong during the Chicago Blackhawks 2017-18 season, it’s time to explore some of the gray areas between up and down that formed this hockey campaign.

It’s easy to replace a fan of fans, but it was a task that Murphy saddled when he joined the Blackhawks after the trade in 2017, which sent Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes.

And the early profit from the trade was less than expected, and Murphy scraped the trainer Joel Quenneville several times in the first few months of the season.

But after this rough start, Murphy seemed to find his footing on the blue line of Chicago and eventually got some of the best indicators of possession of the whole body of Blackhawks.

Murphy’s name was also not on the Blackhawks list, which appeared in the top 25 Natural Stat Trick to receive the high dangers within 60 minutes mentioned in this article. The Murphy index of 11.16 was only surpassed in Chicago by small samples from Hillman and Kempny. Continue reading “Blackhawks prospect Henri Jokiharju left off Finland’s roster for 2018 World Championship”

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The Blackhawks did not make it to the pit on Saturday night, but they are still confident that they will get an impact player with their highest pick since 2007, when they selected Patrick Kane as the first general.

The Hawks will be placed in eighth place, falling in fact because they recorded the seventh worst record, on June 22 in Dallas, after not being able to advance to the first three places during the draft lottery held on Saturday night in Toronto . They had a 6.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick and a 20.4 percent chance of jumping to the first three. Buffalo won the first overall selection, followed by Carolina and Montreal.

Most likely, the Hawks’ top pick does not make a difference next season. Only 10 players selected in the 2017 draft played in the NHL this season, and only the top two picks, Nico Hischier of New Jersey and Nolan Patrick of Philadelphia, played in more than nine games. Continue reading “Chicago Blackhawks to Pick 8th in NHL Draft”


What is the most significant loss for the Blackhawks in the three seasons since their last Stanley Cup championship?

Forget about the postseason players and series, or even postseason posts that they could not win this year for the first time in a decade.

Combined with the fact that there are fewer households with TV in this market, that represents a loss of 71,708 local households, according to Nielsen’s estimates.

The Blackhawks averaged 149,521 homes watching their games in what was then called CSN in 2014-15, but only 77,873 had the games in the NBCSCH rechurn this season.

Those numbers do not count the games chosen for national television or WGN-9. But as a point of reference for the interest of the audience and the trends of the audience, it is not pretty.

The Blackhawks are still a big attraction at the United Center, and they continue to lead the league in average at-home assistance. This season averaged 21,654, which is 109.8 percent of seating capacity, also tops the NHL.

In addition, even in decline, the Blackhawks still have more homes seeing them in their local regional sports network than any other team in the American NHL. Continue reading “Chicago Blackhawks Playoff Connections: Five Make Second Round”


I was just looking for a hobby in late 2011, and I had this application on my new iPhone called Blackhawk Up that gave me all the news I needed in Florida about my favorite hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks. In one of the publications he said that writers were needed, and it seemed like something I would like to do.

After applying twice, I finally got the call that I would join the Blackhawk Up team, and it has been a super fun trip since then. I became the editor a few months later, and made the decision to try to get as many writers as possible for the site, so that we could publish as much content as possible about the Chicago Blackhawks.

Of course, there have been some memorable nights over the past six years, such as knocking down furniture when Niklas Hjalmarsson’s third-period goal against the Red Wings in Game 7 was nullified, and then the celebration when Brent Seabrook scored the winning game in through time. Continue reading “Thank You And Farewell, Chicago Blackhawks Fans”

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Filed under the category of “things that probably will not surprise”, the Chicago Blackhawks television ratings plummeted during the NHL season 2017-18, as they missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in a decade.

On Twitter, Sports Network correspondent Rick Westhead, who cited data from the SportsBusiness Daily, assessed the decline in TV ratings: Blackhawks had the second-largest drop in TV ratings from the 2016-17 season, down 29 percent. Only a 36 percent drop in the New York Rangers was more.

Most of the other information provided by this data is not too surprising. Nashville Predators, one of the team’s growing franchises, saw the biggest growth in the audience, jumping by 163 percent over the previous season. Traditional hockey markets, such as Pittsburgh, Buffalo and St. Louis, remained high on the list of markets with the largest number of spectators, while some of the less developed hockey markets, such as Arizona and Florida, were at the bottom.

The trend towards a downward trend in games for Blackhawks has been going on for three years. According to this article from Crain, which came out at the end of the regular season of 2016-1917, viewers who watched Blackhawks hockey in NBC Sports Chicago lost 23 percent during the two seasons following the season in the 2014-15 season. The decline in viewers in the 2016-17 season was partly due to the attention paid to the Chicago Cubs during their World Series in 2016, and the numbers improved in the following months of the regular season after the MLB Matches ended.

But the Blackhawks did not match the maximum numbers set during the shutdown-shortened season of 2012-13, when they caught the attention of the entire sports world, going 21-0-3 in the first half of the 48-game season.