Monday, April 20, 2009

Hawks Hit the Red Mile, Look to Win in Calgary

The Hawks are getting prepped for their skate tonight against Calgary, and unfortunately, they may have to play without one of their best players.

Patrick Kane has been listed as a game-time decision with an unknown ailment, according to Joel Quenneville during his post-skate news conference this morning. If he is unable to play tonight, he will be replaced in the line-up by Colin Fraser, who has been a healthy scratch the first two games of the playoffs.

This is going to have a detrimental impact regardless of whether Kane plays or not. The fact that he not only sat out practice today, but also the fact that he saw limited time on Saturday night gives credence to the theory floating around the blogosphere that the Flames' phyiscal attacks on Kane on the ice are having a very detrimental impact on him.

This will give the Flames some more confidence in themselves, even being down 0-2. The reality of the situation is that the Blackhawks merely held serve in their first two games, and it won't be until they win a game in the crazy atmosphere that the Pengrowth Saddledome provides.

Here are a couple of links to check out before the game tonight (which starts at 8:30pm CDT and can be seen on Versus/Comcast SportsNet Chicago).

-The Hawks are hosting a City Roadwatch at Harry Caray's in Chicago. Puck Daddy on Yahoo! covered an event with Jim Corneilson, who sang the anthem after the Hawks win on Saturday night.

-Calgary is apparently impressed with the Hawks. Just check out this article here.

-Jim Neveau from The Hockey Writers posted this piece about the five keys to the Hawks continuing to have success against the Flames.

That's it. Go Hawks tonight!

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