The Chicago Blackhawks are red hot and tonight they travel north of the border tonight to Montreal tonight to a city that used to be the city of champions in the NHL. Now that city is Chicago and the Blackhawks after struggling through the first few months of the season are now firing on all cylinders.
The reason they are blistering hot is that for the first time all season the Chicago Blackhawks are not counting on Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin to carry the entire load in the offensive end. The Hawks were getting little to no secondary scoring for most of the first half of the season, but low and behold the Hawks are not getting some other players involved on the offensive end.
It started the other night with a Phillip Danault game winning goal, and then the bigger story being the return of Marian Hossa to the box score. Hossa had two goals the other night and then he set up two goals on Tuesday night, and both those goals were scored by Andrew Shaw who had all but disappeared this season was a great sight to see celebrating after goals.
The other reason the Hawks are winning is that their defense has settled down, and that didn’t happen until Erik Gustafsson became a regular part of the defense and Rob Scuderi and Michal Rozsival becoming a platoon situation.
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The Montreal Canadiens were red hot at the start of the season winning game after game, but they have fallen on hard times since Carey Price went down with an injury. The Canadiens have gone 3-7 in their last 10 which doesn’t bode well for the home team with a smoking hot Blackhawks team coming to town. One thing working in the Canadiens favor is that Artem Anisimov didn’t travel to Montreal due to an illness. Here is the listings for tonight’s game.
TV Listings– CSN, NBCSN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Live Streaming- NBC Live Extra
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
On to the prediction part of the program, and the only thing I did get correct on Tuesday was the final score being 3-2, so it’s back to the drawing board.
Final Score Prediction– The Red hot Blackhawks come in and blister the Canadiens 5-1 with Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith picking up goals and an assist, and Joel Quenneville pass Al Arbour for second on the all-time coaching wins list.
Three Stars Prediction
#1 Star- Patrick Kane
#2 Star- Max Pacioretty
#3 Star- Corey Crawford
What’s your predictions for tonight’s game? Stop by our Comments section and drop off your predictions!