The Blackhawks (39-15-15) return to home ice tonight after losing last night 3-2 in OT versus the Flyers. The Blackhawks played tough and physical and made big plays, sick but they still couldn’t pull off the W. However, ambulance all of that needs to be forgotten as the Blackhawks look to figure out the St. Louis Blues (47-14-7) after three one-goal losses against their Central Division rivals.
I know everyone’s focus has shifted to their brackets and the madness begins tonight. However, viagra top it off with some original black and blue hockey. You won’t want to miss this one.
What You Need to Know:
Since the Olympic break the Blackhawks have gone 4-5. Not great. but not awful. Yes, the Blackhawks are still in third place in the conference looking up at St. Louis and Colorado. Who just can’t seem to lose these days. However, no one should push the panic button. This team is built for the long haul. The team with the most points heading into the playoffs rarely wins the cup. In my opinion sitting third in the conference and fifth in the division is fine with me.
This is the third meeting between the Hawks and Blues and unfortunately the Hawks haven’t won a game versus the Blues this year and this is starting to become more of a rivalry and that makes us all winners. The Blues have won three in a row overall and are on a nine-game points streak.
Who to Watch For: The Blues
- TJ Oshie: We all remember and fell in love with this former HAM during the Olympics. Oshie leads them with 17 goals and 37 assists. The right winger is big and powerful and hasn’t made it easy on Hawks defenders. Oshie is a big reason the Blues have 101 points and are considered one of the best teams in the league. Look for Coach Q to stick super defenseman duo Ducan Keith and Brent Seabrook on Oshie.
Ryan Miller: Miller was acquired by the Blues in the trade deadline and has found his Vezina (he won the top goalie award in 2010) stride. Since the trade he is 7-0-1 with a goals against average of 1.61. He is a huge reason the Blues are peaking at the right moment. The Blackhawks are going to have to fight for every goal tonight. Miller doesn’t give them up often.
Who to Watch For: The Blackhawks
Marian Hossa: Hossa came back from another injury on Sunday versus Detroit and made an instant impact. His impact was present last night versus the Flyers netting one assist. Hoss is due for a hot streak. I think he will log more ice time tonight and look for him to continue to shoot the puck on net. In a game like this “garbage” goals could determine the outcome.
- Corey Crawford: When your opposing goalie has a hot streak going you need to bring your “A” game. Crawford has always performed well under fire. With all the talk surrounding Miller and his play, look for Crow to rise to the occasion.
Your Take Away Piece:
“It’s a BIG game folks. It will be a tough and physical game. The Hawks need to come out and score first and engage the home ice crowd. If the Hawks can keep the Blues playing on their heels. As well as bombard Miller with tons of shots the Hawks can finally win one against the Blues this year.”
The puck drops at 8:00pm on NBC Sports Network. Head to your local watering hole to watch the early March Madness bracket games and stay for the game. Or head to the United Center tickets are still available HERE. Either way it’s a great Wednesday night sports night in Chicago. GO Hawks.