Blackhawks try to ride Connor Bedard to more wins, face Kraken

Seattle’s Matty Beniers, last season’s Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie, will get a chance to face this season’s overwhelming favorite for the award when the Kraken begin a four-game trip Tuesday in Chicago. The Blackhawks’ Connor Bedard, the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s draft, leads all rookies with 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 19 games. He’s also No. 1 in average ice time per game among rookie forwards

Blackhawks target first two-game win streak at Blues’ expense

After stopping a five-game skid with Friday’s overtime victory, the Chicago Blackhawks will vie for consecutive victories for the first time this season when the St. Louis Blues visit on Sunday afternoon. Chicago is confident a newfound surge can carry over to the second contest of a three-game homestand. The Blackhawks tied Friday’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs 15 seconds into the third period when Jason Dickinson completed a natural hat trick. Rookie defenseman

Leafs look to build on Global Series success, visit reeling Blackhawks

Toronto’s William Nylander and his Maple Leafs teammates have returned from Sweden with a pair of wins following the Global Series — a productive trip that had the young Swede leaving a stamp on his homeland in the process. The smooth-skating Nylander will be back at it on Black Friday as he leads his team into Chicago as Toronto finishes its two-game season series with the Blackhawks. But what a week it’s been for Nylander.

Blackhawks’ Connor Bedard, Jackets’ Adam Fantilli clash for first time

To say things have been better for the Columbus Blue Jackets would be an understatement. After a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday dropped them to 0-7-2 in their past nine games, the Blue Jackets return home to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday, hoping to avoid a franchise-record 10th straight setback. While the Blue Jackets will be on two days of rest for the first time since Nov. 8, they are the

Sabres seeking spark in encounter vs. Blackhawks

The Buffalo Sabres upped the intensity in the third period of what ultimately was a loss in their most recent outing. The energy is something they’ll look to replicate on Sunday night when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sabres lost 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, twice falling behind by a pair of goals before closing the gap. After getting outshot 7-6 in the first period, they outshot Winnipeg 22-11 over the final

Blackhawks, Predators looking to escape Central basement

If the Nashville Predators hope to crawl out of the Central Division basement before Thanksgiving, a good time to start would be Saturday afternoon against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators and Blackhawks are tied for the fewest points in the Central (10). Nashville sits in last place because it has played one more game than Chicago. Only the San Jose Sharks have fewer points (seven) throughout the NHL. Bringing up the rear has been

Connor Bedard, Blackhawks to test struggling Lightning

The Chicago Blackhawks are back from a trip to Florida, refreshed after three days off and ready to play five home games over the next seven outings. They also return with Connor Bedard appearing to have taken great strides in his development as an NHL superstar-in-the-making, as the 18-year-old seems to get more comfortable by the game. For the third time in a week, Chicago will face a team from the Sunshine State as it

Uvis Balinskis, Panthers look to make mark vs. Blackhawks

Rookie defenseman Uvis Balinskis is trying to make the most of his opportunity. With veteran defensemen Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour out due to injuries, Balinskis is expected to be in the lineup once again on Sunday afternoon when his Florida Panthers host the Chicago Blackhawks. Balinskis, a 27-year-old native of Latvia, scored his first NHL goal on Friday as Florida recorded its third straight win with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. “It’s

Lightning happy to be done with road trip, host Blackhawks

On an evening when two players had memorable outings, the Tampa Bay Lightning closed out an erratic four-game road trip in Montreal on Tuesday with a win before a brief two-game homestand. Tampa Bay will host the young Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night — two clubs who famously met in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning lost that championship series in six games, and there was no Cup-like celebration in the Tampa Bay dressing

Connor Bedard aims to stay hot as Blackhawks welcome Devils

Sunday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and visiting New Jersey Devils initially shaped up as a matchup of two of the past five top overall picks in the NHL draft. An upper-body injury to New Jersey star forward Jack Hughes, however, figures to shine more of the spotlight on Chicago’s Connor Bedard, the No. 1 selection in 2023. Hughes’ status remained uncertain after he left during the first period of Friday’s 4-1 loss at