“Dude, dude... not the face dude. I’m trying to be the next selected for that poor man’s 24/7, NHL 36.”
Game Time: 7:30 PM
TV/Radio: CSN/WGN 720
Brucey B’s New Shitbum Friends: On The Duck Pond
Just a few weeks go by and we meet again, Ducks. Now with Bruce Boudreau at the helm. Remembering back to the most recent Blackhawks vs. Ducks game where the Captain continued his campaign of only guy to give a shit on a regular basis scored four of his five points in the game in the third period.
Making his second appearance since missing quite some time with a broken digit is Ducks d-man Lubomir Visnovsky. Hiller with his under .900 save percentage is slated in net. A whole lot more of big names not doing much on the Ducks front giving results of losing two of their past five. The ageless wonder is on a six game point streak only one of those points being a goal. The Blackhawks shouldn’t take that lightly though as they are pretty keen on giving up leads or waiting until they get into a hole to start getting their legs underneath them.
For the Blackhawks Benny Smith finding himself familiar with the I-90 shuffle is back up again with Daniel Carcillo out with a “not serious” injury. Which I'm sure is a load of shit on the "not serious" front, but we live in a time where injuries are classified as mearly upper or lower body. Montador was seen taking extra time on the ice after practice so what I’m sure you’re all excited to read is that John Scott will still be in the lineup and possibly OD or Lepisto getting the chance to work with him. Emery will get another start in net, and why not? He's been playing well and until the back to back next week what hurt is there to keep the hot goalie in?
Looking to continue streaking: Toews seven points in the past five games, Sharp and Hossa both with eight points each in the last five games.
The past few games have been a test for the Blackhawks and Emery. Both came up in a big way, especially in the overtime against the Sharks and the shootout in Minny on Wednesday. Ideally this game won’t go to OT or the shootout, but it’s happened far more often than not for the Blackhawks as I stated above. Three point games, especially to Western Conference opponents have been more the norm around these parts. In December so far the lone game the Blackhawks haven’t gone to OT or a shootout was 12/3 against St. Louis.
Tonight begins a stretch of 14 of the next 17 games being played at home. The Madhouse should be the place the Blackhawks are comfortable and ready to go each night, but sometimes it’s not the case. Hopefully they can turn that around and continue to rack up points, while not giving as many up.
See you jokers tonight.
Let’s go Hawks!