|Apr 19 '13|
|Apr 07 '13||NSH 3 at CHI 5||J. Toews|
|Apr 06 '13||CHI 1 at NSH 0||B. Bickell|
|Apr 01 '13||NSH 2 at CHI 3 - SO||M. Rozsival|
|Feb 10 '13||CHI 3 at NSH 0||M. Kruger|
The Blackhawks start their final run to the playoffs tonight, as they will play their last 6 games between now and next Saturday night in St Louis. The Hawks can extend their winning streak to seven and sweep the season series from the Nashville Predators. Patrick Sharp is going to miss another game due to his upper body injury but could return next week in either Vancouver or Edmonton. Ray Emery will miss tonight's game with a lower body injury. Carter Hutton, who was recalled from Rockford yesterday, will backup Corey Crawford tonight. Does Hutton get his first career start tomorrow if Emery can't go? To tell you the truth, I would like to see it. It's a no pressure situation, why not see what he's got to offer? Besides, do you really want you #1 playoff goalie, and yes Crow will be the postseason starter, going on back to back nights? Michal Rozsival will also miss tonight's game due to a "minor" upper body injury. Tonight is Pat Foley Night at the UC, as the Blackhawks will honor Foley for his 30 years in the broadcast booth. I am glad I am watching this one from home, not only because I hate Friday night crowds, but I can't wait to hear some of his great calls from years past. As much as I like to rag on Pat, he has been a huge part of sports life for as long as I can remember, and he deserves his moment.
Everybody make sure you have that extra cup of coffee, energy drink or dose of Vivarin (is Vivarin still a thing?) because the Predators brand of boring hockey would even put Andy Dick, in the midst of a coke binge, to sleep. It was one thing to deal with their neutral zone trap when they were a solid team, but this team is pure hot garbage right now. They have been eliminated from the playoff race and have cashed in their chips. It's got to be difficult for a team that has the #1 seed already in hand to get up for a game against Nashville. We will see what kind of intensity the Hawks come out with tonight. And if the Preds should happen to win tonight, please I beg of you, nobody say anything dumb on Twitter, is that too much to ask? Who I am kidding, that is way too much to ask!
Probable Blackhawks lineup
Corey Crawford 17-4-4, 1.92 GAA, .926 save %, 3 SO
Patrick Sharp (upper body) OUT, Ray Emery (lower body) OUT, Michal Rozsival (upper body) OUT
Probable Predators lineup
Pekka Rinne 14-16-7, 2.35 GAA, .914 save %, 5 SO