What’s On Tap For The Chicago Blackhawks This Week

By Keith Schultz

What’s On Tap For The Blackhawks This Week ( Pictures credit Chicagoblues-band.com)

The Chicago Blackhawks after playing six games out of eight days in the shortened season, finally get two days off before hitting the road for a six game road trip thanks to the ice show at the United Center.

Wednesday night they meet up with the Minnesota Wild. The Wild are currently tied for first in the Northwest division with a record of 2-2-1, they lost in overtime to the St Louis Blues Sunday night. Zach Parise has not disappointed since signing his free agent contract this summer, Parise is tied for 2nd in the NHL in goals scored with five goals.

Mar 21, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) is congratulated by his teammates for scoring the game winning goal in overtime against Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Canucks in overtime 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

After a night off the Blackhawks road show will arrive at possibly our second biggest rivals stadium the Rodgers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks are currently tied with the Wild for first in the Northwest division with identical 2-2-1 records. Yes, the Sedin brothers still lead the team in scoring, but the early season woes for the Canucks have been because of their goalies. The new starter C0ry Schneider has a 3.45 GAA while everyones favorite rumor Roberto Luongo is hardly any better at 2.45. No matter what the records are this is a game everyone will be looking forward to watching.

Dec 18, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (34) fails to make a save on a goal scored by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (not pictured) during the second period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Hawks continue their pilgrimage through the Northwest division Saturday night when they visit the Calgary Flames. The Flames are currently holding down the basement of the division at 1-2-1, but they always seem to play the Hawks tough especially on home ice. Miikka Kiprusoff has started all four games for the Flames with an unsuccessful 3.45 GAA.  The Flames are coming off a 4-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Hawks have two very winnable games on this weeks road trip and one big rivalry game Friday night in Vancouver.  What is your expectation for the week and the ice show road trip? 6-0-0 is the fast start that the Hawks needed!!

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