The Chicago Blackhawks will bring in the New Year in Calgary tonight, as they faceoff against the Flames in a late night New Years Eve battle.
The Chicago Blackhawks tour through Western Canada concludes tonight when they visit the Saddledome. The biggest question is going to be will they be bring the momentum from a wild win in Edmonton with them to Calgary.
An old nemesis is waiting for the Chicago Blackhawks in net tonight in the name of Mike Smith. The Hawks either beat him easily or can’t get anything by him like the 2012 First Round loss when he was the backstop of the Coyotes. The last few times the Hawks had seen him in Arizona they had beat him easily, but he’s been pretty solid in his new setting with a .920 Save Percentage.
Jeff Glass will get his second ever NHL start tonight in his hometown. Glass was more than solid in the Hawks 4-3 win in Edmonton on Friday night. He made 42 saves on 45 shots which is the most saves in a Blackhawks first NHL win since Eddie Belfour broke in with the Hawks in the late 1980’s.
The thing I’m hoping for is that the last goal in overtime by Patrick Kane sparks one of his patented I’m taking over months that the Chicago Blackhawks really need to climb up the Western Conference standings. As of today, the Chicago Blackhawks are still 2 points outside of the playoffs right now, but the good thing is there is still a lot of hockey to be played.
The Blackhawks getting a hot Kane would be nice, but even nicer would be if the top line started producing. Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad have to start getting on the scoresheet consistently if the Hawks are going to be playing serious hockey come April. They can’t simply be a checking line for the Hawks to be a winning team game in and game out.
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Here are the listings for tonight’s New Year’s Eve tilt
Game Time– 8pm
TV Listings– WGN
Radio Listings– WGN Radio
Radio Live Streaming– WGN Radio App
So, I did the reverse Jedi mind trick and predicted a Chicago Blackhawks loss in Edmonton Friday and it worked! I also predicted a Alex DeBrincat goal so I feel like I’m starting to warm up once again in the predictions department!
Final Score Prediction
The Chicago Blackhawks are really motivated to get Jeff Glass a victory in his hometown, and they come out flying and pick up their second straight victory 4-2.
Three Stars Predictions
#3 Star Jeff Glass– 41 Saves
#2 Star- Sean Monahan– 1 Goal 1 Assist
#1 Star- Brandon Saad– 2 Goals
What are your predictions for tonight’s game?