The Blackhawks take on the Wild tonight. They will look to get out of their slump and back on track as they head down the final stretch.
Crawford in net for the good guys, with Bryzgalov at the other end. This will be the 4th goalie used against the Hawks – Harding, Backstrom and Kuemper the others.
Let’s see how the boys play down their best 2 players. The real test of character starts tonight.
The lineup may look like this as per Mark Lazerus:
#Blackhawks lines: Sharp-Shaw-Hossa, Saad-Nordstrom-Versteeg, Bickell-Regin-Morin, Bollig-Kruger-Smith. Teravainen out of the mix.
Joakim Nordstrom & Jeremy Morin might not be the saviours for the Hawks with the injuries to the big two. However, a combination of playoff veterans and feisty Rockford warriors might get them through this last stretch. Both of these players, along with the likes of Regin, Bollig, Shaw have to keep their feet going and create havoc on the forecheck. From there, the Hossa’s, Sharp’s and Saad’s of the world will have an easier time on offense.
Also with Kane and Toews out, it will benefit others in terms of getting the extra ice time to hit their stride for post season. Shaw to the top line, Bickell getting back to game shape and Versteeg working through his… well whatever he’s working through right now. These are all good things for the Hawks.
I have to give a shout out to my rec hockey team, Garagescape Beavers for winning the Championship on Monday. Not only do we have great jerseys, but we’re not bad looking either.
We battled it out with some less-than-clean individuals and won it in OT with yours truly netting the Patty Kane, championships winner.
Half of us are banged and bruised up from a long season of late nights, errant sticks and, of course, from naturally being too old. But we all do it for moments like this and for the love of the game.
Ty Cam out!
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