Game-Day Preview: Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

February 20, 2011

2:30 PM CST

NBC, WGN Radio 720

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 29-23-6
Points: 64
Western Conference Standing: 11th
Central Division Standing: 3rd

vs.

Pittsburgh Penguins
Record:
36-19-4
Points:
76
Eastern Conference Standing:
4th
Atlantic Division Standing:
2nd

The enemy’s G9 Sports site: Our Way To The Cup

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I tried to sell my ticket to this game, but no one in Chicago cared very much once Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were out. That pretty much sums up how much I want to write this game-day preview. Blah blah last two Stanley Cup champions, blah blah injuries, blah blah — yeah, yeah, we know.

Look, guys, let’s be honest — I could care less about the Eastern Conference at this point. Right now, all I care about is points, and it would be nice if we could pull two out of this somehow. I just hope Matt Cooke (in his first game back from his four-game suspension) keeps his elbows down and his feet on the ice.

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Previous Game

Chicago lost to Columbus 4-3 on Friday

Pittsburgh won against Colorado in overtime 3-2 on Wednesday

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Injury Report

CHI: Forwards Ryan Johnson (concussion) and Fernando Pisani (head) are both out. (nhl.com) Though he was released from the hospital yesterday, head coach Joel Quenneville is still out. Assistant coach Mike Haviland will act as coach in his absence.

PIT: Forwards Sidney Crosby (concussion), Chris Kunitz (lower body), Eric Tangradi (concussion) and Arron Asham (upper body) are all out indefinitely. Evgeni Malkin (torn knee ligaments) will not return to the Penguins this season. Mark Letestu (knee) and Dustin Jeffery (lower body) are also out. (nhl.com)

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Quoted

Patrick Kane, CHI: “It’s not a good position to be in. You’ve got 24 games left — I know I keep saying this, but it’s tough to drop two points because every team in the West just seems to be in it. We’ve got to get hot.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Craig Adams, PIT: “Obviously (the Blackhawks) are a better team than where they sit in the standings. I know it is pretty tight out there in the West. If they had five more points they would be 3 seed. It is tough.” (penguins.nhl.com)

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Stats

Image: nhl.com

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