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Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks Mercifully Return Home to Face Ottawa Senators

By Brian Kinkade

Oct 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) is defended by Ottawa Senators left wing Milan Michalek (9) as goalie Craig Anderson (41) blocks the goal during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

After what was a complete failure of a 2-game Central Division road-trip, the Chicago Blackhawks return home to face the Eastern Conference’s Ottawa Senators.

You can watch tonight’s game on WGN-Chicago or the NHL Network.  You can listen to the game on WGN 720 AM as well as 87.7 FM The Game.

The Senators are coming off of a bit of disappointment, themselves, as they lost 3-2 in Overtime, to the New Jersey Devils, just last night.  Currently, Ottawa has a 4-1-1 record, which is good for 9 points, and 5th in the Atlantic Division.  Erik Karlssonthe 2012 Norris Trophy winning defenseman, is a offensive wizard, which more than makes up for his defensive play that leaves a bit to be desired.  Bobby Ryanthe former Anaheim Duck, is supposed to be the offensive power of the forward corps, and likely will be once the season is all said and done.  Kyle Turris had his best season, last season, but is still looking for his true breakout season.  So far, this season, he is off to a good start with 4 points in 6 games.

In net for the Sens will likely be former Hawk, Craig Anderson.  Anderson is part of Ottawa’s goalie rotation which also involves Robin Lehner.

The Hawks are left scratching their heads and searching for answers after failing to establish that are still the top-dogs, in the Central Division.  Patrick Sharp continues to produce, as he scored yet another Power Play goal.  Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad have all been producing, so far this season.  Speaking of producing, Marian Hossa needs to start doing that.  Look for him to do something tonight.  Brad Richards still gets the benefit of the doubt of learning a new team and coach, but that won’t last forever.

In net, for the Hawks, will be rookie Scott Darlingmost likely.  Darling would be making his NHL debut if he in fact winds up getting the nod.  If it isn’t Darling getting the start, it will be because Corey Crawford is ready to return to the lineup.

A home loss after that disastrous road trip would be extremely tough to swallow, for the Hawks.  Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but they are going to have to play a complete game, which they haven’t done since their win over Philadelphia.

Go Hawks!