Tonight is a big night for the Chicago Blackhawks, and their fans. Some faithful will make sure the Red Wings’ jerseys aren’t the only red and white being worn at the Joe Louis Arena tonight, and for the rest of us, our couch will be as far as we will have to travel. There are a lot of things you can watch when you turn on your T.V. tonight, including 2 other playoff games, but here’s why the Blackhawks and Red Wings should get that honour:
- The Blackhawks dominated all season. Now they are thrust into unfamiliar territory, where they are not only down in the series, but losing by wide margins. They have put up valiant efforts, but fell short. This is a team that does not want to be down three games to one in any series, and they have to come in to tonight’s contest. They have taken bad penalties, had spotty coverage in the neutral zone and defensive end, and cannot seem to solve Jimmy Howard in the Wings’ net. They will come out with a sense of urgency we have yet to see from this team, and it will last thoughout the game and for the rest of the series. When the league’s best team plays at their best possible level, good things are about to happen, and this is as exciting as hockey is going to get this year.
- The ‘Hawks and Red Wings rivalry is something that stretches back nearly 90 years, since the Blackhawks creation, these teams have squared off more than any other franchises in league history. They have played eight games against each other this year, and no affection was gained in any of those. These teams are bitter rivals, and the physical play is only the tip of the iceberg. Although the Kings/Sharks series is also a divisional rivalry, but this Central Division matchup makes their series look like a new-born baby. Expect everything from all four lines, even the coaches and goalies are not safe in this game.
The Blackhawks are going to come out fighting and the Red Wings look to shut them down at home. What can be better than the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Nothing. I sure know what i’m doing at 7 PM tonight! Do you?
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