Can We Try Harder This Time?: Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes Preview

March 20, 2011

8:00 PM EDT/7:00 PM CDT

Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, Fox Sports Arizona, WGN Radio 720

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 38-25-8
Points: 84
Western Conference Standing: 7th
Central Division Standing: 2nd


Phoenix Coyotes
Record: 39-23-11
Points: 89
Western Conference Standing: 4th
Pacific Division Standing: 2nd

The enemy’s Aerys Sports site: None


Okay, Blackhawks.

Your effort on Thursday was piss-poor to say the least. I understand that you guys were gassed. Bickell didn’t play, defense is still short-handed, and I’m not understanding why Stan Bowman still hasn’t put Hendry on injured reserve, at the very least (he’s gone for six months, bro — I think that constitutes LTIR to me) to free up some cap space so the team can get some help. (Thank God the Blackhawks brought up Ben Smith, but they still need to bring up a D-man, I think. Unless he’s planning to keep John Scott on D until Campbell comes back. And then I’d question his sanity.)

That still doesn’t mean you let a team like the Stars score on you five times. Absolutely the worst game of the entire year from just about everyone on the team not named Ryan Johnson (who continues to be a boss no matter what the circumstances).

So here we are again with another game that you need to win.

Could you win? Could you please, for the love of little green apples, win this very important game?

For your sake.

For my sake.

For my poor, abused liver’s sake.

WIN, you jerks!


Previous Game

Chicago lost against Dallas 5-0 on Thursday

Phoenix won against Vancouver 3-1 on Friday


Injury Report

CHI: Defenseman Jordan Hendry will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery on a torn ACL. Defenseman Brian Campbell (foot) and forward Dave Bolland (concussion) are out. Bryan Bickell (illness) is questionable after missing Thursday’s game. (

PHX: Defenseman Ed Jovanovski (eye injury) has been put on injured reserve. Forward Martin Hanzal (lower body) is questionable. (



Jonathan Toews, CHI: “We knew this would be one of the toughest games of the year and had one of the worst performances. No excuses. We shouldn’t forget this too quickly.” (

Dave Tippett, PHX: “It was a great trip. I give our guys a ton of credit. They battled hard every game.”  (





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