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Would we want it any other way?

The Blackhawks will start their repeat dreams and open the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues tomorrow night at 8:30pm at the Scottrade Center.

This will be one of the most fascinating series of the first round that will guarantee a legitimate cup contender is going home early.  These two teams are the big dogs in the central division. They hate each other and that makes it even more exciting to watch.

The Hawks and Blues met five times this season. Chicago won two games in the five-game season series, but recorded a point in every game as St. Louis’ three wins came in overtime.

The last time these two met in the playoffs was the 2014 series and come on who could forget that! Big hits, overtime wins and tons of trash talk, I can smell it already!

As we examine this series a bit more we can’t help but look at the Blackhawks playoff experience it is one of their biggest advantages. They have played a lot of bonus hockey the last few years and with the core group of Toews, Kane, Seabrook, Keith (will miss game 1, he is still serving his six game suspension) and Crawford their experiences is a huge advantage here.

Home-ice in this series is not going to be that big of a deal. The Blackhawks travel extremely well, and St. Louis is literally a hop, skip and a jump away. No advantage here. The Blues edge is that they are big as F*, their physical play and size are apparent in the teams previous meetings; the Blues have the edge on the offensive and defensive side of the puck. Hopefully, they won’t play dirty and try and take any of our guys out. Who can forget the hit David Backes took on Brent Seabrook in the 2014 series.

Two players that you need to know in this series are.


Vladimir Tarasenko
: Tarasenko has played very well against the Blackhawks this year. In the five games these teams played he scored five goals, not too shabby. He is also becoming a playoff animal for the Blues. He netted 10 goals in his last 12 playoff games, and in just five games in April he netted four goals. Needless to say the Blackhawks top defensive pairing are going to have their hands full with Tarasenko. He is just getting started. If the Blues have a chance, he needs to continue his hot streak for the club in the postseason.


Patrick Kane
: Where should I start?! Kane comes into the postseason even hotter than Tarasenko, with seven goals in his last five games. Kane is going to win the Hart Trophy for regular season MVP, it’s locked down.  Kane won’t slow down; look for big things from his line with Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin. Yeah, try not to confuse them either!

The schedule for this season series (All times are Central): So you don’t miss a moment of the action

Game 1: Wednesday 8:30 p.m. @Scottrade Center

Game 2: Friday 7 p.m. @ Scottrade Center

Game 3: Sunday 2 p.m. @United Center

Game 4: Tuesday 4/19 8:30 p.m. @United Center

Game 5: Thursday 4/21 TBD @Scottrade Center

Game 6: Saturday 4/23 TBD @United Center

Game 7: Monday 4/25 TBD @Scottrade Center

It’s almost been two decades since the NHL last had a repeat champion. This is going to be a phenomenal series. The hardest thing to do in the playoffs is eliminate a champion that just knows how to win in the postseason. The Blues won’t pull it off. Blackhawks in 6.

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#RaiseTheBanner.

Yes, sovaldi Blackhawks fan’s it’s that time of a year, no rx the kickoff to the 2015-16 NHL season. Before we go into a season preview, tonight is a big night for the Blackhawks. They welcome an original six team when the New York Rangers pay a visit to the UC. They will raise the Championship Banner, get their rings and we all will once again party like its 1999. However, once that banner is up it is back to business for the Blackhawks to defend as Stanley Cup Champions.

The Season Ahead

The Hawks have one of the most coveted groups of core players in the league. These six have had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup all three times. Any team in the NHL would jump at the chance to have any of these guys. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa and Niklas Hjalmarsson. If the Blackhawks have any chance of repeating these guys will need to stay healthy and all have solid seasons. We know these guys are physically tough, but they need to be more mentally tough this year, especially with the off-ice turmoil regarding Patrick Kane. The thought of him being yanked out of the lineup due to legal proceedings is something that I am sure is in the back of everyone’s mind.

The Blackhawks have to feel good with the 1-2 punch with their goaltenders Corey Crawford and Scott Darling. With two cup rings Crawford should finally be able to silence his critics. He is truly one of the best in the game. Darling just played 14 games last season, but his stellar 1.95 GAA and .936 save percentage shows he is capable of taking a larger workload to keep Crow healthy and ready for the postseason.

The Blackhawks have some new faces and for the champs to repeat these guys have some big shoes to fill with the salary cap situation sending Patrick Sharp, Brandon  Saad, etc. to new teams. Several new faces will play significant roles this season.  Trevor Daley, Artem Anisimov, Artemi Panarin, Viktor Tikhonov and Ryan Garbutt are the new kids on the block and the must know new names on the roster. This group needs to step up to any role coach Q asks them to play, Sharp and Saad, etc. were huge parts of last year’s cup run.

Predictions

The question I keep getting, will the Blackhawks repeat? The diehard fan in me says yes, of course they will. The realist in me knows just how hard it is to repeat as champions. In the NHL the last time that happened was 1997-98 by the Detroit Red Wings. I am foolishly going to go with my heart and go out on a limb here and predict, that in fact the Blackhawks will repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. Place your bets in Vegas now! They will finish with 104 points, 3d in the Central and once again put an incredible cup run together in the post season. Can’t wait to watch this season unfold, Go Hawks!

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It is that time of year again when our beloved Blackhawks pack up their Louis Vuitton luggage and hit the road for the Annual Circus Trip, or as I call it… the most depressing time of the year.

Why, you ask? The annual Circus Trip, which this year includes six cities in 10 days, means no Blackhawks hockey on home ice at the United Center for over two weeks!

This time every year the Circus comes to town. Ringling Brothers rolls in and sets up shop at the United Center, not only sending our Hawks on the road but the Bulls too. #DepressionIsReal

We Chicago gals have to deal with a lot in the winter. Balls cold temperatures ALREADY and its only November that drys out our hair, or skin and do I even need to talk about the static shock every time we touch something. We’ve had to suffer through the Bears stinking up the NFL. I mean last place in the NFC North, shoot me now. I feel every damn day there is a “circus” around Derrick Rose and if we need him or not… Fun Fact Chicago… WE DO! I mean we can only take so much, and now you are telling me I can’t see cold steel on ice for weeks!

Way to hit a girl where it hurts NHL.

This is the time to get friendly with your local bartender and to start learning to function on less than six hours of sleep, as many of these games take place in Western Canada. A girl has to do what a girl has to do, at least hockey loving girls do. Don’t worry though; we have you covered with a few must know details to talk the pants off any Blackhawks fan at the bar for the next few weeks.

The Blackhawks already scored their first victory on the circus trip beating the Calgary Flames 4-3 last night. Birthday boy Patrick Kane scored the game-winner in the third period. Also netting goals were Adam Clendening, Dan Carcillo and Brent Seabrook. Clendening, who was recalled from Rockford because of an injury to fellow defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, more on him later.

Circus Trip Schedule

Thu, Nov 20 @ Flames 8:00 PM (CT)

Sat, Nov 22 @ Oilers 9:00 PM (CT)

Sun, Nov 23 @ Canucks 8:30 PM (CT)

Wed, Nov 26 @ Avalanche 8:00 PM (CT)

Fri, Nov 28 @ Ducks 3:00 PM (CT)

Sat, Nov 29 @ Kings 9:00 PM (CT)

Who to Keep an eye on for the Hawks During the Circus Trip:

Our Blackhawks are sitting at 11-7-1 and third in the central division. This trip is going to be a fun one to watch, the guys are starting to gel and two weeks on the road is only going to strengthen that bond. I think the guys to watch on this trip are Patrick Kane, Brad Richards and Adam Clendening.

  • Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane is like a fine wine. He is getting better with age. The 26 year old is leading the team with goals, assists and points. Kaner will be the center of Coach Q strategy.

  • Brad Richards is starting to get his grove with the Blackhawks. After a slow start the veteran center has started to produce the numbers the Blackhawks were expecting when they signed Richards this offseason. This trip is all about bonding and when guys bond off the ice we see the results on the ice. I am looking for Richards to really break out on this trip.
  • Adam Clendening, who was recalled from Rockford because of an injury to fellow
    Adam Clendening

    Adam Clendening

    defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, scored on his first shot on goal in the NHL. The rookie fired a one-timer from the point with the Hawks on the power play. If that is any indication of what he can bring to the table, he will be fun to watch on this trip.

 Your Take Away Piece:

“The circus trip has set the tone for the rest of the season, in seasons past. It is a great road trip for the guys to bond and get out of Chicago. However, make no mistake this trip is all about business. The Blackhawks have a tough road test on this trip facing these teams and they need to come away from the trip over .500 which will be no easy task going into these hostile road arenas. The Blackhawks currently sit seventh in the Western Conference. Yes, its a playoff spot. Make no mistake these guys want to start climbing the standings.”

What’s Next:

Get ready for some UC withdrawal, it is going to be a long two weeks for Blackhawks fans. However, the boys can continue to climb in the western conference and this Circus Trip is just the place to do it. Check your local television listings many games will be on Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports Network. Hunker down my friends with a glass of Cabernet and GO Hawks!

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Let’s do this…

It’s been a long five days since the Blackhawks eliminated the Blues in the first round of the playoffs, viagra and the wait is finally over. The second round of the playoffs begin tonight, right in time to kickoff the weekend – we couldn’t have planned that one any better.

The playoffs are a quarter of the way over and the Blackhawks just need 12 more wins to bring Lord Stanley back to Chicago.

However, let’s focus on the next four. The Blackhawks next round opponent are the fourth seeded Minnesota Wild. The Wild took out the first seeded Colorado Avalanche in seven games in the last round and are firing on all cylinders.


Our Blackhawks are the third seed in the Central Conference and receive home ice for this series; can I get a “Heck Yeah”?!?!  These two teams meet once again in the playoffs for the second straight postseason, however there’s a much different finesse about this Minnesota Wild team than a season ago, when they squeaked into the postseason, and let’s be honest our boys took care of them easily in five games. The Blackhawks went 2-3 versus the Wild during the regular season, and our neighbors to the north were quite a pain in the ass for our boys.

Continue on for the must know details and players of this second round matchup.

What You Need to Know:

  • The Blackhawks offense is on fire! In the final four games versus the Blues the Hawks outscored them 14-6. Many say the realigning of Patrick Kane with Jonathan Toews added additional juice… you think?!?!
  • Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane

    Six Blackhawks players scored more than once in the series versus the Blues, 12 players had at least one goal and they were pure perfection in games in which they scored first. I would say our offense is HOT HOT HOT

  • Our boys are coming off four straight wins against the St. Louis Blues after dropping the first two games in overtime losses, and they have shown no early signs of a Stanley Cup hangover. The Wild, meanwhile, dropped the first two against the Colorado Avalanche, trailed 3-2 in the series and then in Game 7 won it in overtime. To give credit where credit is due, this is a team that’s got tons of heart.
  • Darcy Kuemper

    Darcy Kuemper

    Who will be in net for the Wild? Russian Ilya Bryzgalov (BRIZ-GAL-OFF) or Darcy Kuemper? Bryzgalov was average as the Wild fell behind 2-0 in the series, to the Avs, allowing eight goals and turning in an .822 save percentage. What does that mean? He was not good. Bryzgalov was replaced by rookie Darcy Kuemper, who had been bitten by the injury bug. Kuemper led the Wild back into the series with three wins in four games. Just when the Wild thought their goalie issue was solved…. The bug bit Kuemper again he was hurt in the third period of Game 7, imposing Bryzgalov back into the net, and sent the Avs packing in the first round. Anything can happen in playoff hockey, so we will see who the Wild start in game 1.

  • No goalie troubles for the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford found his sea legs after two sub-par performances in game one and two versus the Blues. He was a BOSS in between the pipes in the four victories for the Hawks. I have said it before. If Crow gets hot, he is one of the best in the game. The Wild will need to give it their all and more to beat him.

Key Players to Watch on the Wild:

  • Zach Parise

    Zach Parise

    Left Winger: Zach Parise: Parise (PAR-EE-SAY) was a beast in the first round. Leading the team with 10 points, the assistant captain stepped up and the rest of the team followed. If he continues to be the driving force and energizes the rest of the team, the Blackhawks are in trouble. Everyone will need to step up when Parise is on the ice. He makes so many good things happen for the Wild. Also, he is so easy on the eyes. Enjoy watching him ladies…

  • Defenseman; Ryan Suter: Another fine looking… hockey player, I meant hockey
    Ryan Suter

    Ryan Suter

    player! Suter plays gigantic minutes for the Wild, he’s averaging 29:47 of ice time during the playoffs. When Suter is on the ice, which is clearly a lot of the time the Wild get a bit more swag. Maybe, it is because Suter is not only one of the best defenseman in the NHL, he can score, fight, you name it and Suter does it.

  • Dany Heatley

    Dany Heatley

    Left Winger; Dany Heatley:  There is something about the playoffs that reinvigorates former snipers to be relevant again. Heatley has been in the league for a long time. Bouncing from Thrashers, Senators to the Wild. He has been an offensive surprise so far notching five points. He may not be the star he once was, but the Hawks shouldn’t take their eyes off him. He can create offense and still has a wrist shot like no ones business.

Key Players to Watch on the Blackhawks:

  • Patrick Sharp

    Patrick Sharp

    Left Winger; Patrick Sharp: I know, I know I said Sharpie would do BIG things last round. He only had one goal and no assists in six games. However, his goal was mega in game six. Sharp is a money player and comes to play. He will make his existence known in this series sooner than later. Look for him to have a big game 1. You heard it here first.

  • Center; Jonathan Toews: I mean all that Towes has done is score three game
    Jonathan Toews

    Jonathan Toews

    winners last series. Toews is clearly in the playoff zone, he is making his presence known all over the ice. Weather it is scoring or sticking up for his teammates, he is everything that a captain entails. You hear me Ovechkin?!?! Yeah, I went there.

  • Brent Seabrook

    Brent Seabrook

    Defenseman; Brent Seabrook: I love the way Seabs steps up in the postseason. Seabs had six points, even though he was suspended for half of the series versus the Blues for his hit on David Backes. Seabs and Duncan Keith will again be tasked with shutting down the Wild’s first line of Parise-Mikko Koivu-Charlie Coyle. If anyone can shut them down its Seabrook, he is a big body and isn’t afraid to jump up into a play and shoots to score. He will be critical in this series.

First Round Schedule:

All times Central

Game 1, Friday: Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Game 2, Sunday: Wild at Blackhawks, 2 p.m. (NBC)

Game 3, Tuesday: Blackhawks at Wild, 8 p.m. (CNBC)

Game 4, Friday, May 9: Blackhawks at Wild, TBD

Game 5, Sunday, May 11-*: Wild at Blackhawks, TBD

Game 6, Tuesday, May 13-*: Blackhawks at Wild, TBD

Game 7, Thursday, May 15-*: Wild at Blackhawks, TBD

What’s Next:

The social scene in Chicago revolves around our sports teams, especially when they are winning. Look for bars to be even more crowded, especially now that the Bulls are out of the playoffs. Blackhawks fever is getting hot once again, and it will continue to grow as they go deeper into the playoffs.

As I mentioned earlier the Wild were a pain in the ass for our boys during the season. The Wild are the underdog once again and I think they are enjoying that role. The Blackhawks are the superior team on paper. If their offense can continue to be lights out and a strong Crawford in net, I just don’t see the Wild getting it done. It once again will be a physical series and one not to be missed.  I predict the Blackhawks will win this series in six games. It’s the Cup, is there another reason to get Wild?!?! Go Hawks!

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Bring on the Blues

Folks, online the NHL playoffs are finally here; let the quest for the repeat begin. After an incredible, healing season, it’s time for our beloved Blackhawks to get down to business, and bring Lord Stanley back to Chicago once again. Let’s face it, Stanley likes to party in Chicago.

Yes, the Blackhawks had another exciting season going 46-21-15 and finishing third in the Central Division. However, as the saying goes, it isn’t how you start but how you finish. As we have seen many times before in the NHL playoffs, regular season records will get you good seeding in the playoffs, but do not guarantee a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Blackhawks are the third seed in the Central Conference and unfortunately don’t have first round home ice advantage; that goes to the Blues. Their first round opponent is the second seeded St. Louis Blues, who the Blackhawks went 2-1-2 versus during the regular season.

Continue on for the must know details and players of this first round matchup.

What You Need to Know:

  • The Blues lost their final six regular-season games. They were outscored 22-5 during that span, #woof. They had a seven-point lead on the Colorado Avalanche in the Central as of April 7. They wound up finishing second in the Central and many aren’t even taking the Blues as a threat.
  • St. Louis Blues

    St. Louis Blues

    In the Blues defense they were without EVERYONE… David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrick Berglund, Barret Jackman, Brenden Morrow, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Sobotka all sat out due to injuries in their regular-season finale. The Blues are expected to return some of their stars for Game 1 Backes, Oshie, Jackman, Pietrangelo and Sobotka are all listed as a go.

  • The Blackhawks will welcome back both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane…Can you say YAHOO?! Both have been out due to injuries the last few weeks of the season. Kane has been skating for more than a week while Toews returned to skating on Thursday. The whole city of Chicago is excited for these two to be back.
  • Brian Bickell & Andrew Shaw

    Brian Bickell & Andrew Shaw

    When everyone is out there, the Blackhawks are loaded. Toews and Marian Hossa are as good as they come in terms of two-way forward play. Patrick Sharp had one of the best seasons of his career. And you know guys like Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell will score big goals at some point in this postseason.

 Goalie Matchup:

  • Blues goaltender Ryan Miller has lost his last five starts. He had a 3.60 goals-against average and stopped 107 of 125 shots for a .856 save percentage in that span. He was on fire when he was first traded to the Blues from the Sabres. Blues fans are hoping he returns to prime form.
  • We all know the story… Goaltender gets hot and grows bigger in his net. Once a team gains energy, it can tilt the ice against their rival and skate to the crapper. Corey Crawford had a solid season going 32-16-10. His goals-against average was an impressive 2.26. If Crawford can get in the zone early. He is one of the hardest goalies to beat in the league.

Key Players to Watch on the Blues:

  • David Backes

    David Backes

    Center; David Backes: Backes has been missed by the Blues. He is a dominating force on the ice. Frankly, no Hawks fan can stand Backes. You hate playing him, but would love to have him on your team. He is a big defensive-forward and he makes his presence known with some serious hits. Note to our guys… Keep your head up when Backes is on the ice.

  • Right Winger; T.J. Oshie: The Sochi Olympic sweetheart is
    T.J. Oshie

    T.J. Oshie

    another Blues player that has been bitten by the injury bug. He is listed as day-to-day. Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock is confident that Oshie will play in game 1. The Blues are better with Oshie on the ice. This season he had 21 goals and 39 assists. He is one of the most skilled right wingers in the league. He can create space and make a shot happen when you think there isn’t one. Look for the Blackhawks to try and get Oshie off balance with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

  • Jaden Schwartz

    Jaden Schwartz

    Left Winger; Jaden Schwartz: One of the many reasons the Blues were so lethal when they were healthy was the depth of their offensive ability. The upsurge of Jaden Schwartz as rapid scoring threat off the wing gave them a element they did not have in last spring’s first-round exit against the Los Angeles Kings. Schwartz must continue his strong sophomore play against the Blackhawks. If he can, he is going to be one you need to watch in this series.

Key Players to Watch on the Blackhawks:

  • Patrick Sharp

    Patrick Sharp

    Left Winger; Patrick Sharp: We have come to expect the clutch performances from Patrick Sharp; he has once again proved how valuable he is. He led the team with 34 goals during the regular season, including 10 power-play markers, and 78 points. His play elevated down the stretch when Kane and Toews went down. Look for Sharpie to elevate his game this series and be a one not to miss on the ice.

  • Defenseman; Duncan Keith:
    Duncan Keith

    Duncan Keith

    Keith is having another fantastic year. He is once again in the conversations for Norris Trophy winner (best defenseman) and he should be. Six goals, 55 assists and a +22. Keith is crucial to the Hawks repeating. There is no better assist man in the league and he is dangerous when he has the puck. The Blues need to be worried if Keith gets hot.

  • Patrick Kane

    Patrick Kane

    Right Winger; Patrick Kane: We can finally say that Kaner is back! Kaner, one of the two franchise forwards is integral to getting past the Blues. We all know the Hawks have depth, however when Kaner went down. The Hawks defiantly were in a funk. Kane loves the big games and series, weather the NHL Playoffs or Olympics. If he finds his grove, the Blues better watch out.

First Round Schedule:

Game 1: Thursday, 7 p.m.; Blackhawks at Blues (CSN)

Game 2: Saturday, 2 p.m.; Blackhawks at Blues (NBC)

Game 3: Monday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.; Blues at Blackhawks (CSN)

Game 4: Wednesday, April 23, 8:30 p.m.; Blues at Blackhawks (CSN)

Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, April 25, 7 p.m.; Blackhawks at Blues (CSN)

Game 6 (if necessary): Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m.; Blues at Blackhawks (NBC)

Game 7 (if necessary): Tuesday, April 29, TBD; Blackhawks at Blues (CSN)

What’s Next:

Get ready for playoff beards to pop up all over our city and the Blackhawks bandwagon to get very crowded once again.  It’s time for the Hawks to put together another magical Stanley Cup run just like last season.

The injury situation makes predicting this series difficult. On paper the Blackhawks have the upper hand versus the Blues who are coming into the playoffs with a mental block. However, playoff hockey goes to another level, and if there is anything to get a team out of their funk it is a chance at hoisting Stanley.  This series is going to be a good one; I mean a knock down drag out one. Full of physical battles left and right. I predict the Blackhawks will win this series in seven games. Let’s get rowdy again Chicago… because it’s the Cup! Go Hawks!

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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

    Ryan Miller

    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

      Marian Hossa

      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.”

What’s Next:

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.

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