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Game Preview: Chicago Blackhawks Love Ottawa Senators So Much They Decided to Play Them Again Tonight

By Brian Kinkade
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Oct 26, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) makes a save on Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (5) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the Ottawa Senators are the only team that the Chicago Blackhawks know how to get beat, lately, and they are facing each other for the 2nd time in 5 days, which will wrap up the 2-game season series.  Although the title of this post isn’t true, it’s more of a weird quirk in the NHL schedule, hopefully the Hawks haven’t forgotten how to beat the Senators, as they head North to Canada’s capital.

Since their last meeting, the Senators went to Columbus and easily beat the Blue Jackets 5-2.  “Easily” may not have been the best choice of words, as Ottawa lost defenseman Mark Borowiecki to injury.  Ottawa is currently sitting in 4th place in the Atlantic Division, with a 5-2-1 record, which is good for 11 points.  Erik Karlsson is still the most dangerous player on the Senators that the Hawks will have to keep an eye on.  Karlsson, a defenseman, is tied for the team lead in points with Clark MacArthurwho recorded a 3-point night, in Columbus.  Kyle Turris, who is a break-out candidate, this season, put up 2 points against the Blue Jackets, and has 6 in 8 games this season.

In net for the Senators will either be Robin Lehner or Craig Andersonas the Sens have been alternating them in and out, so far this season.  Since Lehner started in Columbus, look for Anderson to get the start tonight.

The Hawks have been playing pretty solid hockey lately.  They just don’t have the results to prove it.  There’s nothing wrong with a little adversity to light a fire under a team, and hopefully that’s what happens tonight, as a road win would go a long ways, for the Hawks.  Even with these “struggles”, the Hawks are sitting in 2nd place, in the Central Division.  Marian Hossa, who isn’t exactly off to a hot start this season, currently sits at 998 career points.  A 2-point night, in the city where his NHL career began would be pretty special.  Brandon Saad has been demoted to the 4th line as a bit of a motivation tactic, from Coach Q.  It’s anyone’s guess how long it’ll be before Q starts blending his lines.  The Power Play has been a bright spot for the Hawks, so far this season, mainly thanks to Patrick Sharp.  Jonathan Toews is off to a good start to the season, but unfortunately he’s the only center who has been consistently winning faceoffs.

The big story is in net for the Hawks, as Scott Darling is getting yet another start.  Darling was a big reason why the Hawks were able to beat the Senators in their previous meeting.

As of right now, the Hawks are 1-2 on the road.  It’d be ridiculous to expect the Hawks to have a road record as good as their home record, but it can’t be and won’t be under .500, the whole season.  Let’s fix it tonight.

Go Hawks!

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