February 4, 2011
9:00 PM CST / 7:00 PM PST
WGN Chicago, TSN, WGN Radio 720
Conference Standing: 9th
Central Division Standing: 3rd
Conference Standing: 1st
Northwest Division Standing: 1st
The enemy’s G9 Sports site: None
The Blackhawks are coming off a sloppy 7-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday and look to start on a winning streak on the six game, Disney On Ice trip in hopes of brightening their playoff picture.
Marty Turco started and while the first goal was one he’d likely want back, he was solid the rest of the way making the big stops when necessary stopping 29 of 33 shots. His performance against the Blue Jackets was enough to earn him the start again tonight.
The often struggling Blackhawks penalty kill, stepped up in a big way against Columbus killing all 5 penalties including a 5-on-3. They managed to score 2 short handed goals, one of which was a thing of puck dangling beauty from Jonathan Toews to chase Mason from goal.
While Chicago and a third of the continental U.S. were being battered by a blizzard, Jonathan Toews was a force of nature all on his own with the Columbus Blue Jackets in his sights. Captain Serious was on the warpath scoring 3 points (SHG, 2A) in the 2nd period. He also stepped up with some retribution following a Marc Methot hit on Patrick Kane, which he was lucky to not be penalized for.
Tonight’s match up is the fourth and final game of the season series between the Blackhawks and Canucks. While the Blackhawks lead the series 2-1, the Canucks won the last meeting on Dec. 3 at the United Center 3-0.
Patrick Kane was reported to have tweaked his left ankle during the morning skate. This is the same ankle that was injured and kept him out for 8 games, the longest stretch in his four year career. Addressing the media after the morning skate Joel Quenneville said that Kane is fine and will play tonight.
Chicago beat Columbus 7-4 on Tuesday
Vancouver beat Phoenix 6-0 on Wednesday
CHI: Forward Ryan Johnson (lower-body injury) is questionable but participated in the optional morning skate. Forward John Scott (flu) is out sick and did not make the trip with the team.
VAN: Forward Aaron Volpatti (ribs) is questionable and Alexander Elder (back surgery) is out. Aaron Rome (knee) returns after 8 games to the lineup replacing Lee Sweatt.
Marty Turco, CHI: “It just seems this team is getting a little bit more and more confidence as games go along, getting a little less frustrated and just focused on moving forward. We’re going to need a ton of that going ahead.”
Alexandre Burrows, VAN: “I just feel like I’m getting more bounces right now. I just have to keep going to the net and I’m going to get rewarded, I know that. They weren’t going in earlier, but now things seem to be working out.”