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A look at some of the images shared on social media during Wednesday night's 4-1 win for the Blackhawks over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

I wanted to introduce a new weekly feature this season with some observations that hopefully provide readers with an inside look of the Blackhawks.

With the lockout in full swing, I'll try to do as many as possible. Thursday seems like a good day do it (and it sounds good with "thoughts").

So here we go:

While the list of NHL teams that are laying off employees due to the lockout has grown, members of the Blackhawks' front office have received some good news.

Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz has informed team president John McDonough that there will be no layoffs or cuts in the foreseeable future.

On Sunday morning, Blackhawks season-ticket holders started receiving emails from the team with the NHL's third lockout since 1994 beginning Saturday night.

The email thanked their season-ticket holders for their patience and continued support, saying "the Blackhawks depend upon you for our success and are eager to provide you with the best possible service."

But more important, it offered the organization's plan and options for season-ticket holders during the lockout.

Preseason games are expected to be cancelled as soon as Sunday or Monday. The Hawks also postponed their annual training camp festival, which was set for this Saturday.

Here is the Hawks' plan for season-ticket holders:

As expected, the Blackhawks postponed their annual training camp festival, which was scheduled for this Saturday, because of the lockout.

The NHL released its schedule for the upcoming 2012-12 season -- which may be delayed or altered if there is a lockout -- a day after the NHL awards on Thursday.

The Blackhawks begin their campaign on Oct. 13 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. Here are some of the highlights:

Here is the Blackhawks' preseason schedule for the 2012-13 season:

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Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't have much to say about Marian Hossa's status Thursday before Game 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

But Quenneville has spoken with him and plenty of players have exchanged texts with him, so they are somewhat encouraged.

Phoenix Coyotes agitator Raffi Torres has been suspended indefinitely pending his in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan Friday in New York for his leaving his feet and hitting Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa in the head in Game 3.

Some Coyotes have said they haven't seen the hit by Torres that sent Hossa to the hospital, while others say they won't comment on it. But, as it always happens in these instances, his teammates and coach have defended him.

Now, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney is on the record, too.

The Chicago Sun-Times' "3 stars" from Game 3 of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes:

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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