GAMETIME: 6pm Central
TV/RADIO: WGN for both
Duck Call: Anaheim Calling, Battle of California
Do it again until you get it right. That's the call for both teams tonight. This is the second weekend in a row that the Ducks have done a Saturday-Sunday, Nashville-Chicago double. They lost both last time. They started this one with a 3-1 win in Nashville last night. Let's hope they're not going for the complete, figure-four reversal. Hawks will have to find the ropes if they do.
It sounds weird to say, with only a week having gone, but this will not be the same Ducks team the Hawks saw last Sunday evening. Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu "I score annoying goals" Selanne are back in the lineup, upping Anaheim's scoring depth considerably. With Getzlaf around, Corey Perry becomes a much larger threat. With these two and their size, the Hawks will have a difficult time containing them. And Selanne will score tonight. Fucking bank on it. It'll probably be from two feet out, on the power play, after Getzlaf or Koivu does all the work. But you could make up your mortgage tonight wagering on it.
Where the Hawks will have chances is the power play, which has discovered a clue, even with Buff on the point. The Ducks are 25th in the league with 14.5 penalty minutes per game. Their PK is nothing special, considering all their d-men not named Niedermayer can be had. Make the most of those chances, the Hawks can get back to winning ways tonight.
I would expect to see the Hawks come out with a special snarl tonight. We all wondered when they would throw in the clunker to end this current streak. We found out in horrifying fashion about 9pm last night. The Hawks have rarely let something like that roll into something bigger. After the clown college class that was that game in Dallas, they then alligator fuckhouse-ed the East leading Devils. Though the Ducks will be a much tougher test tonight then they were seven days ago, if the Hawks come out to make Anaheim pay for last night's indiscretions, it'll still be a win.