Sunday, August 22, 2010

Preview: Wild vs. Hawks 10-26-09 [aka My 1st Hawks Blog]

Okay, well I feel like starting my own Hawks blog.
and i'll probably end up deleting previews and stuff like that the day after the game.
So here goes:

The Minnesota Wild roll into town tonite to take on the Chicago Blackhawks.  It's the first time Marty Havlat will be playing against the Hawks in regular season action.  Marty signed with the Wild on July 1st of this year, as he was a Unrestricted Free Agent and he couldn't reach a deal with the Hawks [ :( ].

Marty did play against the Hawks in two preseason games this year. And He had 3 goals.  And some assists. *sigh*...

Anyways, the Hawks could.. well probably will be without captain Jonathan Toews and defenseman Brent Seabrook for the second straight game tonite, as they both suffered concussion like symptoms after Wednesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks.  The Hawks recalled forward Jake Dowell from Rockford today.  Jake was up last game against the Nashville Predators [which was a 2-0 Hawk win] to take up Jonny's spot in the lineup. [So, Jonny's a no go for tonite if you put two and two together.]

The Wild took 3 of 4 games against the Hawks last year.  The Hawks only win against them was in December, and was the last game of their 9 game winning streak.  It was in Minnesota, and Minnesota native, Dustin Byfuglien, had 2 goals.

Tonites matchup shouldn't be "boring" like last year. [Thanks, Kris Versteeg, for the wonderful quote.]  The Wild have a new coach, and they play more of an offensive game, unlike last year with coach Jacque Lamaire [spelled wrong probably, sorry] who liked to play the trap which, did, cause for a boring game.

The Hawks look to get their 2nd win in a row tonite, and hopefully, they can get started on another winning streak.

My prediction: Hawks win, but Marty gets a goal... or two...
Scorers for the Hawks: Andrew Ladd, Byfuglien, Patrick Sharp, Versteeg

Probable Lineup
Defensive PairingsKeith-Sopel
Starting GoalieHuet
P.S. Get well soon Jonny and Seabs.


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