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Chicago Blackhawks: What’s On Tap This Week

By Keith Schultz
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What’s On Tap For The Blackhawks This Week (Picture courtesy of chipswinemarket.com)

When taking a look at the Blackhawks schedule this week their is only one thing that comes to mind and that is the word rest.  The Blackhawks looked like themselves last night against the Minnesota Wild, but they looked liked a very tired group on Friday night in Edmonton so this bit of rest in the middle of the season is probably just what the doctor ordered so here’s a look at the Blackhawks schedule with only 4 more games left before the All-star game and a jersey no one wants to see unless it truly is growing on you.

Friday Night Vs Winnipeg Jets at United Center

The Blackhawks had their way with the Jets last season, but this is a new year and let’s be honest the Jets are not who we thought they were.  The Jets are a Wild-Card team if the playoffs right now and the Jets have had their way with the Blackhawks at the United Center and this will be the Blackhawks last chance to pick up a win against the Jets this year on home ice.  The Jets have won 1-0 and 5-1 at the United Center so a small dose of revenge needs to be in store for a team that is an entirely different animal under Paul Maurice than they were last season under Claude Noel.  The Hawks head to Winnipeg twice this season after Friday night’s game, but expect to see a great effort from the Blackhawks in this game.

Sunday Night Vs Dallas Stars at United Center

The Blackhawks have won all three previous meetings with the Dallas Stars this season and there hasn’t been a lack of goals scored in these contests. The Blackhawks have beaten the Stars 3-2, 6-2, and recently 5-4 in Overtime.  Every one of these games have been very entertaining with tons of pace and end to end action. The Stars offense has been clicking the problem has been with the goaltending and Kari Lehtonen who just let’s in too many soft goals and the Hawks will be looking to capitalize on this area on Sunday night.

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The Stars looked to be a team on the rise last year in the playoffs when they took the Anaheim Ducks to the brink in the first round and with a young star Tyler Seguin but they haven’t been able to put it all together this year, so look again for a high paced effort from the Stars on Sunday night.

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