March 5, 2011
6:00 PM CST
WGN, WGN Radio 720
Western Conference Standing: 4th
Central Division Standing: 2nd
Toronto Maple Leafs
Eastern Conference Standing: 10th
Northeast Division Standing: 4th
The enemy’s G9 Sports site: Leaf It To Her
An Original Six rivalry! Um. Yay?
Look, it’s not much of a rivalry if you see four out of the six Original Six teams twice a year at the most. The rivalry between the Blackhawks and the Maple Leafs effectively ended when the Leafs were moved to the Eastern Conference in 1998 — but it’s still nice to revisit, even if it is once a year.
What I am excited about is seeing how the Blackhawks deal with a team that has been surging as of late. The Leafs have climbed out of the doldrums since the All-Star Break, bringing them within striking distance of the Carolina Hurricanes in 8th place. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are still sitting in 4th place, but a loss could move them out of the playoff running.
Seven was better than six, but eight is even better than seven. Let’s do this.
Chicago won against Carolina 5-2 on Friday
Toronto won against Philadelphia 3-2 on Thursday
CHI: Defenseman Jordan Hendry will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. (nhl.com)
CAR: Forward Colton Orr (head) is still sidelined. (nhl.com)
Brent Seabrook, CHI: “It’s a roll. We want to see how long we can take this streak and go from there. Even with this seven-game streak any night we can be out (of the playoffs) and any night we can be fourth or fifth. We have to continue to roll and we have to continue to play hard and come out with a full 60 minutes every night.”Â (Chicago Tribune)
Dion Phaneuf, TOR: “Well, it’s that time of year. Playing down the stretch, the games are tight, and you saw that again tonight (against Philadelphia). Everything is a one-goal game. Teams are playing for positioning, and playing for their lives. They’re big points that are one the line and that’s why the games are so tight.” (The Star)