Brad Richards C CHI 4 days ago

Richards factored into both Chicago goals in Game 5 against Nashville on Thursday, opening the scoring in the first period and then assisting on Kris Versteeg's third-period marker in a 5-2 loss.

The points were Richards' first of the playoffs, snapping a five-game drought that dated back to the last game of the regular season. He's playing enough minutes that it's not out of line to ask more of him in terms of offensive contributions. Unfortunately, after posting just 37 points in the regular season, Richards doesn't look like he's ever going to make a return to the glory days. He's just a depth contributor now.

Brad Richards C CHI 2 weeks ago

Richards (upper body) is expected to return to the lineup for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Predators, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.

Richards has practiced fully the last three days after missing the Blackhawks' final three regular-season contests, which probably offers enough indication that he's ready to go. In his return to the Blackhawks' second line, Richards will be rejoined by Patrick Kane, who was cleared to play Thursday after missing about seven weeks due to a broken collarbone. Richards' production even when playing next to Kane earlier in the year was rather disappointing, so postseason expectations for the veteran center should probably still be tempered.

Brad Richards C CHI 2 weeks ago

Richards (upper body) returned to practice Monday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

The upper-body injury ended up costing Richards the final three games of the regular season, ending a disappointing campaign for the veteran center. While the ailment doesn't look as though it will jeopardize his availability Thursday for Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round series against the Predators, Richards won't represent the attractive target in playoff pools that his brand name would suggest. Despite playing alongside some of the best talent of his career, Richards recorded just 12 goals and 25 assists in 76 games.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 weeks ago

Richards (unspecified injury) will miss the Hawks' next three games.

The report suggests that Richards should be okay for the playoffs, but his regular season is done, with the veteran pivot having recored 12 goals and 37 points in 76 games. With Richards sidelined, Kyle Baun is set to make his NHL debut for the Hawks on Tuesday against the Wild.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 weeks ago

Richards assisted on Patrick Sharp's first-period goal in Friday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.

It's just the third point in last 10 games for Richards, who hasn't provided the impact the Blackhawks had hoped when they signed him to a one-year deal last summer. He's collected only 12 goals and 37 points over 75 games, putting him on track to finish with his lowest career production in a non-lockout year.

Brad Richards C CHI 1 month ago

Richards recorded the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Rangers.

Richards found the back of the net midway through the third period, and that was all Hawks goalie Scott Darling would need to seal up the victory. Richards' production had been fading fast for about a month, but he's been much more effective since the team acquired Antoine Vermette at the trade deadline. Richards now has three points in his last four games, as his move to the third line has allowed him to feast off opponents' third pairings.

Brad Richards C CHI 1 month ago

Richards registered his 900th career point while also breaking a goal drought with a third-period game-winner against Arizona on Thursday.

Richards had not scored a goal since January 11, one of the longest power shortages in his long career. Unless he goes on a tear in the final 30 days of the season, Richards will have one of his worst goal productions. With Thursday's goal, he has 10 on the season while registering 20 goals last season.

Brad Richards C CHI 2 months ago

Richards tallied an assist in Tuesday's shootout win over the Panthers, marking just his third point in the month of February.

Brought in during the offseason to solidify the second-line center spot for the Blackhawks, Richards hasn't taken the role as the team anticipated. He's endured multiple lengthy scoring dry spells and has contributed nine goals and 23 assists in 58 games, which would put him on track to fall below the 50-point mark for just the second full season of his career. With linemate Patrick Kane (upper body) likely to miss the rest of the season, Richards' chances of picking up his scoring production don't figure to be strong.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 months ago

Richards collected an assist in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over the Jets.

Month-to-month inconsistency has marred Richards' season thus far, as he's delivered double-digit point totals in both November and January but registered only seven points combined in October and December. Friday's outing will allow him to get off to a good start in February, but it's tough to trust him outside of mid-sized or deeper leagues at this juncture.

Brad Richards C CHI 3 months ago

Richards contributed two assists and a plus-2 rating to the cause in Tuesday's 6-1 rout of Arizona.

He'd gone minus-3 without a point over the last two games, so this is a nice bounce back for Richards, whose scoring has been highly inconsistent lately. It's been multi-point effort or bust for him over the last nine games, as he's been held off the scoresheet five times, but has a combined nine points in the other four contests.