Shock Me Please: Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Preview

April 3, 2010

6:00 PM CST

NHL Network USA, RDS, WGN, WGN 720

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 42-27-8
Points: 92
Western Conference Standing: 8th
Central Division Standing: 3rd

vs.

Tampa Bay Lightning
Record: 43-24-11
Points: 97
Eastern Conference Standing: 5th
Southeast Division Standing: 2nd

The enemy’s Aerys Sports site: Sons of Andreychuk

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Tonight’s game is the second of two match ups between the Blackhawks and Lightning, the last of which was won by Tampa Bay 4-3 in the shootout. The Lightning though have locked up a playoff berth and now are playing to catch the Capitals for the Southeast Division title. The picture for the Blackhawks is not so clear.

If you’re like me and have been checking up on the Western Conference standings after every game between teams in playoff contention, you’re probably developing a throbbing headache with all the possibilities of what teams could end up 4th-8h.

If you look at the last 10 games played by the top 8 teams in the west all but two teams have a record of 7-2-1 or better. Those two teams who have worst records? Detroit and Chicago who are both 5-3-2 in their last 10.

The Blackhawks still have control of their own fate if they keep winning, they’ll hand over control to other teams if they lose. There’s just a week, five games and 10 points to grab left in the season.

If the Ducks can have a late season surge why can’t the Blackhawks?

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Previous Game

Chicago won against Columbus 4-3 in a shootout on Friday

Tampa Bay won against Minnesota 3-1 yesterday

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Injury Report

CHI: Chicago is without forward Patrick Sharp (left knee) who will be re-evaluated today in hopes of skating soon. Forward Dave Bolland (concussion) is considered day-to-day but is progress is said to be slow. Defenseman Jordan Hendry (knee surgery) is out for the season. (nhl.com)

TBL: Defenseman Randy Jones is out (high ankle sprain) and is not expected back until the playoffs. (nhl.com)

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Quoted

Troy Brouwer, CHI: “I don’t even know if we deserved to win. We tried real hard to not win that game. If we tighten up our game, stop taking penalties, we’ll have no problem making the playoffs. But we need to do those things.” (CSN Chicago)

Dwayne Roloson, TBL: “We play really well when we have the momentum, and we’re playing with a little big of a swagger.” (CSN Chicago)

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Stats

via blackhawks.nhl.com

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