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from Famonn Brennan of NBC Chicago,
The gulf was so wide, even casual hockey observers took notice. It was obvious even to people who don’t know what offside is all about that the Red Wings were stronger, faster, and more complete—a scary real-life version of a “Mighty Ducks” movie villian. They even look intimidating.
(It should be noted here that this also goes for the Sharks—the Hawks are 0-3-3 against the top two teams in the West, and 21-5-4 against everyone else. This feels like talent threshold at work, doesn’t it?)
Perhaps the Hawks just aren’t on that level, even if last night’s win against the Flames would seem to say otherwise. Who knows, really, why the Hawks struggle with the Wings? We can probably chalk it up to a bad two games against a superior team, and leave it at that. But the Blackhawks already won over this city. That damage is done. Now it’s time for a new goal, one chanted nearly as often as “Detroit sucks”:
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Patrick Kane won’t be in the lineup Sunday against Calgary after aggravating his right ankle injury in the Winter Classic.
Kane and coach Joel Quenneville called it a day-to-day situation with Quenneville saying the Hawks’ leading scorer would accompany the team on its three-game road trip to Phoenix, Colorado and Nashville. “It’s nothing long term,” Quenneville said.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Three Blackhawks are set to be Western Conference starters Jan. 25 in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
When fan voting closed at 7:59 p.m. Friday, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were leading the voting among forwards and Brian Campbell topped defensemen. The official announcement with final totals will be made Saturday….
The Anaheim Ducks would have the other three starters with Ryan Getzlaf third among forwards, Scott Niedermayer second among defensemen and Jean-Sebastien Giguere leading goaltenders.
a little more
via the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun-Sentinel,
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Blackhawks have been invited to open the 2009-10 season in Prague, Czech Republic and that the Panthers will likely be the opponent.
Chicago team president John McDonough told the Tribune that Blackhawks had been extended an invitation, and added, “nothing has been finalized. We’ll know sometime in the near future.” The newspaper cited an unnamed source saying that Blackhawks’ opponent would be the Panthers.
Asked about the validity of the report this afternoon, Panthers team president Michael Yormark said, “No comment” through team spokesman Justin Copertino
from Gene Laverty of Bloomberg,
The Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks yesterday at Wrigley Field topped last year’s National Hockey League outdoor game by 12 percent in preliminary television ratings.
The game at the home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs was the third annual outdoor contest and had an overnight rating of 2.9, according to Nielsen Media Research. That tops the 2.6 rating for last year’s match in snowy Buffalo, New York, between the Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which had the biggest television audience for an NHL game since 1996.
The Hockey Show takes us on an all access tour of the greatest outdoor party in Chicago.
from Lindsey Ungar at DetroitRedWings.com,
The taunting between fans of the Red Wings and Blackhawks went both ways, turning Wrigley Field into the “Not So Friendly Confines” Thursday afternoon.
Danni Wysocki, originally from Northville, Mich., but now living in Chicago, held up her “Our Mayor Can Beat Up Your Governor – Go Wings!” sign every chance she could.
Make sure to check out the pictures of the Winter Classic at NHL.com.
Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside wrap up their impressions of the Winter Classic.
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
MINUS: What’s with those Indiana Jones hats for Detroit coach Mike Babcock and his staff?
PLUS: The Cup champion Red Wings are still the class of the league. Outstanding team.
MINUS: Sad to say, but it’s hard to imagine if the casual sports fan—the person who flipped over from the Nebraska-Clemson game on CBS—could name even one player on the Red Wings.
PLUS: Excellent point by Bob Costas in the closing segment, pointing out that Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls kept getting thwarted by the Detroit Pistons on their way up, the way it looks like the Blackhawks will have to do.
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from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,
Well, the big day is finally here, and FanHouse is ready and on the ground in Chicago for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic. The twittering will start early and often on gameday, so be sure to check back frequently for updates all the way through the game and the postgame interview sessions.
continue for some pics and video from yesterday.
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