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2kane88.jpgI was able to send in a few general questions for Hawks star and Olympian Patrick Kane before Team USA's big game Sunday vs. Canada for the gold medal ...

kane88.jpgThere's a bit of a disagreement in the Hawks' dressing room right now. The players can't seem to agree on which Olympic teammate is going to cry on Sunday after the USA-Canada gold-medal game.

toews.jpgHere's a breakdown of how the Hawks are doing in the Olympics:

Madden.jpgHere's some quick notes from Thursday's Hawks practice:

Josh Sacco became a YouTube sensation with his Herb Brooks (or Kurt Russell) impersonation. Sacco, 5, performed the speech for Team USA a day before their upset win over Canada.

Here is the original clip:

Here is my Hawk Watch from Friday's Sun-Times with a little bit extra here and there:

All six of the Hawks in the Winter Games have played at least one game so far. Here is a run down of how they played:

nk.jpgNikolai Khabibulin hasn't played much this season for the Edmonton Oilers. Injuries have limited the former Hawks goalie and Stanley Cup winner to just 18 games this season.

And now, things have taken another bad turn for Khabibulin.

Patrick Kane played his first game ever in the Olympics Tuesday in Vancouver.

The Hawks recalled center Jake Dowell Sunday from the Rockford IceHogs, and placed center John Madden on injured reserve.

Dowell was called up because Marian Hossa is "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Hossa left Saturday's shootout against the Atlanta Thrashers after enduring a hard hit from Colby Armstrong in the third period. The winger traveled with the team to Columbus, but is considered doubtful by coach Joel Quenneville.

Madden suffered a lower-body injury Dec. 9 against the Dallas Stars. Madden and Ben Eager were both ruled out of this weekend's games by Quenneville.

Johnsson checks in; Sopel out

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Kim Johnsson, the Blackhawks' newly-acquired defenseman, went through Saturday's morning skate and will be paired with Jordan Hendry against the Atlanta Thrashers in the last home game before the NHL breaks for the Winter Olympics.
Johnsson, picked up from the Minnesota Wild in a deal that sent defenseman Cam Barker to the Wild just before Friday's roster freeze, said he was surprised by the deal.
``But I'm pretty excited about it. This is a great young team,'' he said. ``It could be a great fit.''
Johnsson will replace Brent Sopel in the lineup. Sopel will miss both the Atlanta game as well as Sunday's game in Columbus. Coach Joel Quenneville said the veteran blueliner was banged up and hoped he'd make a full recovery when the Hawks regroup after the Olympics.
While Quenneville planned to start Johnsson with Hendry, that won't necessarily be his full role with the team.
``He'll play with everybody,'' said Quenneville. ``He'll play the penalty kill right off the bat and the power play maybe. He gives us more flexibility.''
The Hawks also recalled Bryan Bickell from Rockford. He'll take a spot on the fourth line with Ben Eager and John Madden both sidelined with lower body injuries.

barker.jpgThe Blackhawks have traded defenseman Cam Barker to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defensemen Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy.

Johnsson, 33, has six goals and eight assists with a plus-3 rating in 52 games this season. Leddy was the 16th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Niemi will start again

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Antti Niemi's good play in the Blackhawks' last two games is being rewarded. The rookie from Finland will start in goal for the third straight game when the Atlanta Thrashers visit the United Center on Saturday. It'll be the first time that Niemi starts three games in a row. He was in goal for victories in the last two games as the Hawks rebounded from their first three-game losing streak of the season.
Jordan Hendry, a defenseman who has spent some time as an emergency winger, remained with the blueliners at Friday's practice at the United Center and coach Joel Quenneville said a forward will be called up from Rockford on Saturday to fill out the fourth line.
Kris Versteeg centered for Marian Hossa and Troy Brouwer at Friday's practice as the Hawks prepared for their first game without John Madden, the veteran centerman who is out for the two weekend games with a lower body injury. The other lines had Jonathan Toews centering for Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane, Dave Bolland centering for Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien and Colin Fraser in the middle of the fourth line with Tomas Kopecky and Adam Burish as his winger. Burish, though, is still recovering from knee surgery and won't be in the lineup until March.
Otherwise, the Hawks' six Olympians returned to the ice after being given Thursday off.

Madden will miss weekend games

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Center John Madden won't play in the Blackhawks last two games for the NHL's break for the Winter Olympics. The Hawks host Atlanta on Saturday and visit Columbus on Sunday, then don't play again until March 2.
Madden suffered a lower body injury, believed to be to his left leg, in Tuesday's win over Dallas. Winger Ben Eager will also miss the weekend games with a lower body injury.
Coach Joel Quenneville will turn to Kris Versteeg as the replacement for Madden rather than go with Patrick Sharp, his usual choice when the Hawks are short at center. Quenneville doesn't want to break up the Sharp-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane line, which has been effective lately.
Only 13 players participated in Thursday's United Center workout, as Quenneville gave the six players on the roster who will participate in the Winter Olympics the day off. They're expected back for Friday's practice, and Quenneville will also name his starting goaltender then. Antti Niemi started the last two games, both victories.

It's official. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed what many already felt. Antti Niemi will start Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars at the United Center.

joel.jpgThey haven't been pretty, dominating wins. But the Dallas Stars have definitely gotten the better of Blackhawks so far this season.

The Stars have beaten the Hawks in both meetings this year, 4-3 on Oct. 17 and 5-4 on Dec. 29. Cristobal Huet lost the first game, and then was chased in the second after squandering the Hawks' lead. The Hawks host the Stars on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks had their goaltending tandem back on the ice for Friday's morning skate, but Cristobal Huet will start for the fifth straight game against Phoenix.
Rookie Antti Niemi was scheduled to start on Wednesday against St. Louis but came down with the flu on the day of the game. Niemi didn't practice on Thursday, either, so the decision to stick with Huet wasn't surprising. Niemi could get back between the pipes on Saturday when the Hawks visit St. Louis.
Coach Joel Quenneville added some mystery to his lineup for the Phoenix game. He wouldn't name the forward to get scratched, but said it wouldn't be Colin Fraser. Fraser sat out his first game of the season against the Blues on Wednesday when Dave Bolland returned after nearly three months off recovering from back surgery.
The scratch could be John Madden, who was dropped to the fourth line at Thursday's practice. He's gone nine games without a point and is a minus-6 in that stretch.

goalies.jpgMark Bernard, the Hawks' general manager of minor league affiliations, was in net for Thursday's practice at the United Center ... because Antti Niemi is still "quarantined" with an illness.

Niemi sick; Fraser a scratch

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The Blackhawks altered their goaltending plans for Wednesday night's game against St. Louis at the United Center. Antti Niemi, who was scheduled to start, didn't take the ice for the morning skate. Coach Joel Quenneville said Niemi ``wasn't feeling well,'' and said that Joe Fallon will probably be called up from Rockford to serve as Cristobal Huet's backup.
With Dave Bolland returning to the lineup the forward sitting out will be fourth-line center Colin Fraser, who had played in all of the previous 55 games.
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson didn't participate in the morning skate but Quenneville said he was likely to play against the Blues. Andrew Ladd, who skated off early at Tuesday's practice with a lower body injury, participated in the morning skate and will remain in the lineup. He's played in 157 consecutive regular-season games since being acquired in a trade with Carolina. That's the longest streak by a current Hawk in a Hawks' sweater. Brian Campbell has played in 375 straight games with Buffalo, San Jose and the Hawks.

Dave Bolland skated between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp in the Blackhawks' first practice since returning from their eight-game road trip.
Out since November back surgery, Bolland will return to the lineup in Wednesday's home game vs. St. Louis.
It's uncertain which forward will sit out, but Andrew Ladd skated off early in Tuesday's workout with what coach Joel Quenneville called a lower body injury. Niklas Hjalmarsson didn't practice, Quenneville saying that was for ``maintenance.''
Antti Niemi will get the call in goal vs. the Blues.
The other noteworthy bit of news off Tuesday's practice at Johnny's Ice House was the return of Adam Burish. He skated with the full team for the first time since undergoing major knee surgery in training camp. Burish said he'll likely be able to return to the lineup a week or two after the NHL break for the Winter Olympics. That'd mean a return in mid-March.

Here come the trades ...

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phaneuf-2.jpegTrading season started with a bang Sunday. But the Hawks were not involved.

The Calgary Flames traded star defenseman Dion Phaneuf, a promising 24-year-old who will earn an average of $6.5 million a season until his contract runs out after 2013-14, to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here is a clip of Phaneuf dropping the gloves with Brent Seabrook:

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