"No, no, no... YOUR left. Here, just let me get that for you."
Time: 6:30 PM CT
TV/Radio: Versus (blerg) / WGN Radio (720 AM)
Busy Catching Snowflakes With Their Tounges:The State of Hockey News
Tonight’s game is a tale of two top teams. When in the last however many years have the Blackhawks and Wild met as both number ones of their divisions? Really, I don’t know, maybe it’s never happened. Ask one of the beat writers, but make sure your question is stupid enough for them to retweet and answer. Seriously, did you see someone ask one of them about Kyle Beach the other day? Woof. (Note: Beach has been out since early in the season with a shoulder injury so it's more than just him being a security threat to his teammates/opposition.) Ugh, explaining the joke makes it less funny than it already was.
Getting to number one the Blackhawks and the Wild have taken opposite paths. While the Blackhawks forget how to play defense on any given night but sure can score worth a shit the Wild are ranking at the tops of the league in letting in the fewest goals against. It’ll be an interesting game to say the least, something has to give.
With games coming to overtime or a shootout in four of the last five for the Blackhawks, defense is again the main topic of conversations. Granted all of those games didn’t come to overtime with the Blackhawks giving up a lead, but those are the glaring ones. Minny is coming off a loss to the Jets last night, but was previously riding a seven game win streak.
Lineup changes for the Blackhawks include a return to ice for Bryan Bickell and another start for Ray Emery in net. Let’s see if Bickell took his pressbox games to heart and wants to come out and play like the giant dude he is. As stated previously the Wild are known more for their defense, but it’ll still be a challenging game for Emery. The Wild will likely be without Pierre-Marc Bouchard who took a nasty hit into the boards from the Jets Zach Bogosian last night. He was seen still spitting up blood as the team made their way back to the twin cities following the game. Also missing from the Wild’s lineup is Devin Setoguchi who has been on IR with a left leg something or other that will probably turn into a concussion since everything else does.
Oooohhhh, I'm glad I didn't publish this without checking the twitter machine quick. Looks like big John Scott is in for Sami Lepisto. From the looks of my timeline, everyone is REALLY excited about it. Watching the condensed version of Sunday's game the other night I can't say I'm wildly surprised given some of Lepisto's giveaways. Then again, no one in the world wants to fight John Scott so... yeah.
Prior to tonight’s tilt (5:30 p.m. CT) Versus will be premiering the NHL’s new original show “NHL 36”. First on the list: Patrick Kane. You can read more about it on the Blackhawks site here.
Get excited, I’m sure Pierre McGuire will be geared up to talk about Sidney Crosby even though he has nothing to do with this game and of course with the Wild moving into the Central/Conference C/Midwestern Conference/Hall and Oats Conference whatever next year there will probably be a shitton of talk about that.
I know he’s not there anymore but LOL, remember when the Blackhawks traded Cam Barker to Minny for Nick Leddy? Thanks for living up to the Wild name Minnesota.
"No man, BEHIND you."
Let’s go Hawks!