The Blackhawks earned themselves some rest and relaxation but get back to work on a busy four game work week Monday night against the reining Stanley Cup Champions LA Kings on NBCSN. The Kings are currently in 2nd place in the Pacific Division 12 points behind the Anaheim Ducks. They are only 4 points ahead of the 9th seeded Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kings have lost two straight games and are sub-500 on the road at 5-8-1. The Hawks have beaten the champs twice already this season as Quick hasn’t had the answer against the Hawks yet in 2013.
Tuesday night not only brings back to back home games to the United Center but the last place Calgary Flames. One of the best performance of the year so far was displayed by the Ray Emery against the Calgary Flames in Calgary. Emery stopped 40 shots and held on just in time for Marian Hossa last second heroics!! All Chicago teams seem to have teams they struggle with and the Flames always seem to give the Hawks fits. The Hawks played pretty listless for 58 minutes in Calgary so I look for the Hawks to bring their A game Tuesday night.
The Ducks make their return to Chicago and they will be ready to make their bid for top spot of the Western Conference. The Ducks winning ways ended with a home loss to the Red Wings. The Ducks very aggressive forecheck gave the Hawks and Patrick Kane specifically fits in Anaheim Wednesday night. The Hawks could be looking to send a message before the playoffs so the Blackhawks should give a top effort. The Ducks won without Corey Perry who will be back in the lineup after sitting out the Hawks last game.
The week ends on National TV on NBC with the Hawks making their 2nd early afternoon start of the season in Motown. The last time the Hawks visited the Joe, Patrick Kane put on a show in the last minutes and in the shoot-out of the game. This is the last season that the Hawks and Red Wings will be rivals so these last few meetings of the season may be more meaningful for at least the fans in one of the best rivalries in the NHL.
Only 18 games left in this shortened season and four big games three at home and one in Detroit so what is your prediction for the week?
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