Game-Day Preview: Blackhawks vs. Carolina Hurricanes

March 4, 2011

7:30 PM CST

Comcast Sportsnet Chicago +, WGN Radio 720

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 35-23-6
Points: 76
Western Conference Standing: 4th
Central Division Standing: 2nd

vs.

Carolina Hurricanes
Record: 31-25-9
Points: 71
Eastern Conference Standing: 7th
Southeast Division Standing: 3rd

The enemy’s G9 Sports site: The Puck Stops Here

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7-1-2. That is what the Blackhawks record in the past 10 games. Not too shabby eh? Especially when you consider they’re on a six game win streak.

The Blackhawks are about to embark on a five game stretch in which they take on Eastern Conference opponents, a nice break from the Western Conference game which can  drop you around four spots up or down depending on the outcome.

This doesn’t mean that the Blackhawks can coast through these games by any means, any and every point is important to keeping their precarious playoff spot. Just a short while ago the Blackhawks were in 11th and now are in 4th with home ice. Wild, wild west indeed.

Hopefully the Blackhawks can solve their 3rd period woes (though they’ve found ways to win despite it lately) and keep stringing the wins together. Honestly, if you had told me this was going to happen I wouldn’t have believed you. Now that it is though, I want to see this streak go as far as it can go.

Seven is better than six.

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Previous Game

Chicago won against Calgary 6-4 on Wednesday

Carolina won against Buffalo 3-2 in overtime on Thursday

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Injury Report

CHI: Defenseman Jordan Hendry will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Forward Fernando Pisani (concussion) is listed as day to day. (nhl.com)

CAR: No injuries to report. (nhl.com)

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Quoted

Patrick Sharp, CHI: “It’s teams we haven’t really seen and aren’t too familiar with, but the importance of the points is still there. It’s safe to say we’re all sick of St. Louis, Columbus and Nashville. It’s nice to see some new teams, but that can be a dangerous thing as well. We’ve got to stay focused in here.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Paul Maurice, CAR: “The best part of this is we seem to respond to that big-game feel, and that’s what you want from a young team. You want to come to the rink excited about the size of the game, excited about what’s on the line and not squeezing their sticks and feeling it. (hurricanes.nhl.com)

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Stats

Image: blackhawks.nhl.com

 

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