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Chicago Blackhawks Phoenix Coyotes

Location: Jobing.com Arena
Start Time: 7:00pm MST
TV: FSN-AZ
Radio: 910AM
Opposition Blog:
Second City Hockey

First things first I guess, Danny won't be on the ice tonight (as mentioned earlier) due to his teeth being knocked out with a high stick. So that means someone else will be responsible for beating Chris Versteeg down tonight. Remember back to the day he punked out Kyle Turris...?

Yeah. Think about that. Then remember how we got schooled in that game. Make you a little mad? Good. Hopefully the team remembers too. The team should be fired up for some good old fashioned revenge in this game. Either through punishing hits and fights or taking a torch to Huet/Khabi (whoever they decide on). Either way, if they can't find motivation to play in this one, then I have no idea what will motivate them. Hopefully it motivates the fans to come out a little firey too. Tuesday weeknight games, usually not so packed, so the ones that are there better come ready to cheer. But first the boys need to give them something to cheer for...

Five for Winning:

Telly Monster: The boys typically play pretty well in front of Telly and he's been solid in net. He looked sharp in the Colorado game and not bad for most of the Islanders game too, filling in since Bryz had a bad back. Bryz hasn't had luck against the Hawks and after the shelling he took last time, good move to out the Swede back in goal for this one.

PP: Anyone think this shows up in the keys a lot? That's because we've really sucked on the PP. How about we just let Enver Lisin, Mikkel Boedker, Keith Yandle and maybe Olli be the only ones allowed to carry the puck to the line. They seem to be the only ones that can effectively get it in the zone when we're on the advantage. Also, how about the fans don't yell shoot when they'll just drive it into some 'Hawks shin guards. Yeah the passing is annoying, but it's better than basically throwing it away.

Keep the Lines: Seriously, just stick with them for one entire game Wayne. Those penalties that cost us the game the other night? Yeah. Those are on you guy. Let the guys at least know who they'll be on the ice with. Otherwise everyone's just going to try and jump out there.

Stupid Penalties: Those penalties I was just talking about? Too many men on the ice? For the love of Pete. That's the dumbest penalty you can get. and to lose on goals cause by the resulting Power Plays is just unexcuseable. I'm fine with a penalty now and then, but make them at least count for something, and then Kill the friggin thing off guys.

Desire: You guys just came out flat in Anaheim. Not that I could really tell since there aren't even any highlights of that game... But you did. Apperently you don't like to do well. Well get it in gear for tongiht guys, otherwise you go 0-4 against the Hawks this year and you fall back with the rest of the pack in terms of the standings.

Injuries:

Danny out on our side, but that's it.

Patrick Kane is the 'Hawks biggest name that could be out. He sat out the last game with an ankle sprain


Chicago Blackhawks Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Adam Burish broken right big toe 12.30.2008

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dave Bolland illness 12.30.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brent Sopel undisclosed 12.30.2008