Game-Day Preview: Blackhawks @ Florida Panthers

March 8, 2011

6:30 PM CST

Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, WGN Radio 720


Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 37-23-6
Points: 80
Western Conference Standing: 4th
Central Division Standing: 2nd

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Florida Panthers
Record: 26-31-9
Points: 61
Eastern Conference Standing: 13th
Southeast Division Standing: 5th

The enemy’s G9 Sports site: None

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You better believe that I’m bringing Admiral Ackbar back for this game, because the Florida Panthers are capable of ruining even the best of teams — just ask the Flyers (lost 5-0), the Lightning (lost 6-0), and the Capitals (lost 3-0). You go into Sunrise lightly, expecting an easy game, and you’re going to get blasted. This is a team that has nothing to lose at this point, and those are the scariest ones to play. Add Dale Tallon (the former Blackhawks GM who was demoted amid a flurry of controversy in the summer of 2009 who is now the Panthers’ GM), and we have the recipe for a classic trap game. The Panthers might be gutted right now, but they’ll be hungry for a win — and what better game to bring all that you’ve got than against the defending Stanley Cup Champions?

This was also supposed to be a game between Jack Skille and Michael Frolik, who were traded for each other almost a month ago. However, Skille is now out for the season with a high ankle sprain. So the story turns to Michael Frolik’s homecoming, and as he admitted:

“It was strange to play for a different team the next day. … People had talked about me as [part of the] future here. I expected trades, but I didn’t expect it to be me.” (On Frozen Blog)

Hopefully, Frolik can make the Panthers think twice about this trade.

Eight was better than seven, but nine is even better than eight.

Let’s go.

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Previous Game

Chicago won against Toronto 5-3 on Saturday

Florida lost against Washington 3-2 in overtime on Sunday

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Injury Report

CHI: Defenseman Jordan Hendry will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Despite concerns over Duncan Keith’s finger, he will be playing in tonight’s game. (nhl.com) Was there any doubt about this, really? He’s Duncan F—ing Keith, people.

FLA: Alexander Sulzer (undisclosed) is listed as questionable. Jack Skille (high ankle sprain) is on IR. (nhl.com)

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Quoted

Michael Frolik, CHI: “Things are better every day. I’m feeling more and more comfortable. I want to play my best against every team, but it’s weird to be back here after playing here not too long ago.” (On Frozen Blog)

Dale Tallon, FLA: “I’ve cut the cord, had closure and have moved on. I wish them nothing but the best, wish them success. I’m focused on the Panthers and that’s all I care about. It will be interesting and different, but there’s nothing there for me know. I have to keep the faith and keep working here. It was a great 33-year run there, but the day I drank out of the Cup, that was it for me.” (On Frozen Blog)

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Stats

via NHL.com

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