Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie: Blackhawks @ Phoenix Coyotes Preview

October 18, 2011

10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT

WGN, Fox Sports Arizona

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 2-1-1
Points: 5
Western Conference Standing: 6th
Central Division Standing: 2nd

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Phoenix Coyotes
Record: 2-2-1
Points: 5
Western Conference Standing: 7th
Pacific Division Standing: 3rd

The Enemy’s Aerys Sports Site: NONE

The Phoenix Coyotes just won’t go away.

With all the jokes about hockey in the desert (jokes that you won’t find here, because it wasn’t that long ago that people were wondering if Blackhawks fans existed), it doesn’t change the fact that the Coyotes are a pesky team that has managed to get into the playoffs two years in a row. Picking up these two points early in the season will be crucial down the road when both teams are jockeying for a playoff spot.

The other story is, of course, Raffi Torres. As a member of the Canucks last year, Torres leveled Brent Seabrook on a questionable hit in the third game of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals that led to no supplementary discipline on the play. Carcillo called him out over the summer. Now people are wondering what’s about to go down between these two tonight.

Previous Game

Chicago lost against Boston 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday.

Phoenix won against Winnipeg 4-1 on Saturday.

Injury Report

CHI: After missing the game on Saturday, Marian Hossa is expected to return to the lineup tonight.

PHX: None.

Quoted

Marian Hossa, CHI: “I feel the best I’ve felt in the last four days so that’s a great sign. I really hope I play tonight, it feels good.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Paul Bissonnette, PHX: “I’m getting (almost) seven minutes a night, I’m happy with that, try to get more ‘O’ zone time and get more scoring opportunities.” (AZCentral.com)

Stats

STATS
4 GP 4
2 W 2
1 L 1
1 OT 1
5 P 5
0.625 P% 0.625
3.00 G/G 3.25
2.25 GA/A 2.50
11.8 PP% 23.8I
91.7 PK% 85.0
32.5 S/G 33.8
30.2 SA/G 30.2
54.1 FO% 53.6
DATE VIS/HOME FINAL
MAR 20, 2011 CHI @ PHX CHI, 2-1
FEB 27, 2011 PHX @ CHI CHI, 4-3
FEB 12, 2011 CHI @ PHX PHX, 3-2
NOV 10, 2010 PHX @ CHI PHX, 2-1
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