With A Bolt Of Blue: Blackhawks @ Tampa Bay Lightning

November 4, 2011

7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT

NHL Network, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, SUN

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 8-2-2
Points: 18
Western Conference Standing: 2nd
Central Division Standing: 1st

@

Tampa Bay Lightning
Record: 5-5-2
Points: 12
Eastern Conference Standing: 10th
Southeast Division Standing: 3rd

The enemy’s Aerys site: Sons Of Andreychuk

Before we get into this regularly-scheduled preview, let me tell you about this friendly wager between myself and Sons Of Andreychuk head writer Alexis Boucher

See, here on Aerys, we’re not above a little friendly competition. So Alexis and I have made a bet on this game: the writer for the winning team get to buy the writer of the losing team a t-shirt that they must wear to their team’s next home game, along with the requisite pictures/video that will be posted on our sites for all to see. (Since we’re both season ticket holders for our respective teams, this is an easy wager to fulfill.) If the Blackhawks win, I get to buy this beauty for Alexis:

It's moisture-wicking! (via shop.mlb.com)

However, if the Blackhawks lose, I get to wear this vision of loveliness to the next Blackhawks game after I receive it in the mail:

Wow. (via eBay)

The Blackhawks want to keep the wins rolling tonight in Tampa Bay,while the Lightning just want to win against a halfway-decent team. Even though the Lightning have been inconsistent this year, they still have the one-two punch of Stamkos and St. Louis. They’ll make the Blackhawks pay dearly if the ‘Hawks sit back on their heels, like they did in the second half of the game last night against the Panthers.

Of course, we still have Hossa and Kane on our side, while Toews and Sharp seem to be heating up. Getting these two points won’t be easy, but at least it’ll be fun to watch.

Previous Game

Chicago won against Florida 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday.

Tampa Bay lost to Carolina 4-2 on Tuesday.

Injury Report

CHI: Defenseman Duncan Keith (left hand) is still day-to-day. (nhl.com)

TBL: Defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee surgery) and Scott Jackson (knee surgery) are on injured reserve. (nhl.com)

Quoted

Joel Quenneville, CHI: “To me, at the end of the night it was a goalie win. Crow was great for us and kept us in there. It wasn’t pretty, but give Crow some credit.” (nhl.com)

Guy Boucher, TBL: “It’s about who wants it most, and about who’s willing to pay the price. It’s a habit. So if we don’t have that habit, we’re not going to have a successful year, and we’re not going to do well in the playoffs. And habit is not just once in a while — it’s every time.” (nhl.com)

Stats

STATS
12 GP 12
8 W 5
2 L 5
2 OT 2
18 P 12
0.750 P% 0.500
3.17 G/G 2.92
2.42 GA/A 3.08
8.7 PP% 15.8
91.9 PK% 84.3
33.7 S/G 30.0
29.8 SA/G 32.2
53.4 FO% 49.0
DATE VIS/HOME FINAL
APR 3, 2011 TBL @ CHI TBL, 2-0
MAR 9, 2011 CHI @ TBL TBL, 4-3
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