• Hawks' Hjalmarsson Taking The Hits, Still Ticking

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson has taken 44 hits in the Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals heading into Game 7 against the Ducks, but said that he's just fine for Saturday night, ESPN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: With Michal Rozsival out for the season with a fractured ankle, the Blackhawks have relied on their top four defensemen, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya who have taken 86 percent of the minutes in the first six games. "They hit hard, but they hit pretty clean," Hjalmarsson said. "It's just a matter of getting back up and focusing on the next shift." The Ducks are expected to try to exploit the heavy workload in Game 7.
  • Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Gets Assist In Game 2

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson was credited with a secondary assist on Patrick Kane's third-period goal in Sunday's win over the Wild.
    Analysis: After tallying a point in each of the Blackhawks' first two games of the postseason, Niklas Hjalmarsson was held off the score sheet for five consecutive games before getting the helper in Sunday's match. The 27-year-old provided only 19 points in 82 games during the regular season, so neither the Blackhawks nor fantasy owners should view as a viable source of offense.
  • Hawks' Hjalmarsson Nets Third Goal Of Season

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson potted his third goal of the season and finished with a plus-3 rating in Monday's 4-1 win over the Kings.
    Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered a hand injury in Friday's contest but was able to return to the ice without missing any game action, and has shown no lingering effects as the 27-year-old has recorded a point in both contests since sustaining the injury. The defenseman has just 18 points, but sports an impressive plus-24 rating on the year.
  • Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson (Hand) Playing Sunday

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson (hand) will play Sunday against the Jets, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
    Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered the hand injury Friday, but coach Joel Quenneville indicated he didn't believe it was serious. That appears to be the case, as he'll return to the lineup Sunday without missing any games.
  • Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson Suffers Hand Injury

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson suffered a hand injury in the third period of Friday's loss to the Blue Jackets, ESPN Chicago reports.
    Analysis: Head coach Joel Quenneville did not think Niklas Hjalmarsson's injury was serious, so he will have a chance to play in the Blackhawks' next game Sunday against the Jets.
  • Hawks' Hjalmarsson Picks Up Assist

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson picked up an assist on Marian Hossa's empty-net tally in Saturday's win over the Sharks.
    Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson got his regular defensive partner in Johnny Oduya back earlier in the week, enabling the duo to reprise their shutdown act over the season's final month. Neither player is typically much of a threat offensively, so don't expect Hjalmarsson to parlay Saturday's assist into something more. With 14 points in 68 games, Hjalmarsson as on track to fall well short of the career-best 26 points he provided in 2013-14.
  • Hawks' Hjalmarsson Scores In Win

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his second goal of the season in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Penguins.
    Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson carried a 10 game pointless drought into Sunday's contest, though it was just one of many lengthy cold spells for the blueliner this season. With just 12 points on the year, his fantasy value in conventional formats extends only to the deepest formats.
  • Hawks' Hjalmarsson Breaks Point Drought

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his first point since Dec. 14 on Sunday, recording an assist in the Blackhawks' 5-4 win over the Stars.
    Analysis: The blueliner has already noticed pointless skids of seven, eight and nine games this season, limiting his usefulness outside of specialty formats. He's worth stashing only for help in blocks and in stabilizing plus/minus and TOI.
  • Hawks' Hjalmarsson Plays Key Role In Win

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his first goal of the season, was a plus-3, and logged a game-high 25:32 of ice time in Sunday's win over San Jose.
    Analysis: A terrific outing for Niklas Hjalmarsson, who now has four points in 15 games on the season. His offensive totals are never spectacular, but he logs heavy minutes and is a great defensive player. Hjalmarsson could come close to surpassing the career-high four goals and 26 points he notched in 2013-14.
  • Hawks' Hjalmarsson Ends Cold Spell

    News: Niklas Hjalmarsson tallied an assist, ending a streak of eight consecutive games without a point, in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Canadiens.
    Analysis: Niklas Hjalmarsson set a career high with 26 points last season, but hasn't had the same success so far this year with just a trio of assists and no goals. He's averaging more ice time than he ever has, so more points will likely come eventually but for now the production hasn't been there.