8PM United Center Chicago, IL
TV: Comcast Sports Net Chicago
Radio: 560 AM WIND
Tonight marks the return of Mike Smith’s Jack Lemmon to his Walter Matthau, Andrew Shaw. For you kids out there, that’s an acting joke. Shaw will return to the lineup for the Blackhawks and should add some energy and grit to the team. I am just worried that he is going to be too amped up tonight. He will be an easy target from some the Yotes’ savvy veterans like Shane Doan. Shaw can not do the Hawks any good sitting in the penalty box. Hopefully he uses all his pent up energy on putting a goal or two past Smith. Fellow rookie Brandon Saad will sit to make room for Shaw’s return. That means both Jimmy Hayes and Brendan Morrison will remain on the 4th line. It will be interesting to see where Shaw goes. Does he go on the 4th line and Viktor Stalberg moves up? Does he go back on his 3rd line and Michael Frolik goes elsewhere? Q has some decisions to make and some interesting combos to chose from. Sami Lepisto will be the 6th defenseman tonight. It looks like the curse of Niklas Hjalmarrson is alive and well as he has made Johnny Oduya bad at hockey. I would like to see Oduya paired up again with Nick Leddy. They were very good together. Marian Hossa was at the UC today visiting his teammates but did not participate in practice. If he is watching from a box tonight they need to put him up on the scoreboard to get the crowd foaming at the mouth. Not much to say, you will not see anything different from Phoenix. The Hawks better not pull a Canuck and lose all 3 home playoff games. The Hawks need to do exactly what the Coyotes have been doing and that is capitalizing on on mistakes. That means actually scoring on a power play. Should be another fun and tense game at the UC. Here’s to saving the handshakes until Wednesday night.
Tags: Andrew Shaw Brandon Saad Brendan Morrison Chicago Blackhawks Jimmy Hayes Johnny Oduya Marian Hossa Michael Frolik Mike Smith Nick Leddy Niklas Hjalmarrson Phoenix Coyotes Sami Lepisto Shane Doan Stanley Cup Playoffs Viktor Stalberg