The Blackhawks (42-16-15) closed out the month of March at the United Center with a 4-2 victory Tuesday night versus the Stars. The Blackhawks will now take their show on the road for a three-game road trip in four days starting tonight in Boston to face their 2013 Stanley Cup Finals opponents, case the Boston Bruins (49-17-6).
It is another jam packed sports night here in Chicago. The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight and while everyone’s bracket is busted, I am still sitting pretty with my Wolverines. However, let’s get back on track.
What You Need to Know:
- This is the second time these two teams are facing off. The Blackhawks edged out the Bruins 3-2 in OT back in January. Even though these two teams play in different conferences they don’t like each other one bit. It could be because of something called 17 seconds and a Stanley Cup.
- This game is not one to be missed tonight. The Bruins have already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and are poised for the top seed with 104 points. The Blackhawks can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight in Boston. Let’s get you prepared to switch up the conversation and throw that cutie at the bar a curve ball, proving that you know your hockey just as well as your bracket.
Who to Watch For: The Bruins:
David Krejci: There is no hotter forward in the league than the Bruins’ Krejci. Krejci leads the team in scoring with 16 goals and 44 assists. Krejci is a huge utility man; he can pretty much do it all. He can make plays happen when there are none. The Hawks defense will have their hands full trying to stop his ridiculous assist abilities tonight.
Zdeno Chara: It is simply a must to always mention the HUGE 6’9” defenseman from the Bruins. Chara ranks second with 35 points for the Bruins. You simply can’t miss him on the ice; he is a presence and will be up against the Hawks top line. Look for Chara to throw the big body around and watch out for his shot. He has had the hardest shot clocked at over 104mph the last 3 years.
Who to Watch For: The Blackhawks:
Andrew Shaw: Shaw is still on fire with five goals and five assists over the last 10 games. The thing I love about Shaw is that he plays his ass off every night. He molds to the role Coach Q needs him to play. Since Kaner went down with an injury a week ago, Shaw has stepped up his offensive play and it is refreshing to see others take on the role.
Duncan Keith: Keith is having his best all-around season. His quality of play on both sides of the puck has gone to a new level this year. He is once again in the Norris Trophy talks and he should be. However, Keith has been under the radar this season and if you ask him, he is ok with that. Keith will be paired up to face Boston’s top players tonight and no one does it better than Keith.
Your Take Away Piece:
“No team has been hotter than the Bruins as they are riding a 13-game points streak with victories in 12 of those games. The Blackhawks have the opportunity to snap the Bruins’ streak and gain another two points and further themselves from the third place Avalanche. It is going to be a great physical game, everything that hockey is about.”
The puck drops at 6:00pm on Comcast SportsNet. With spring weather on the horizon and the Sweet 16 in full throttle tonight, there is no place else to be tonight then at the bar watching the Hawks and NCAA. Go Hawks!