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Stop the Herd!



Tonight the beloved Blackhawks take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Madhouse on Madison. This past weekend the Hawks proved to themselves that they can skate with the Big Boys in the Western Conference (losing to the Hot Wings 3-2 SO and beating the Sharks 4-3) although their power play was 0-6. Tonight's game appears to be a "trap" game for the Hawks as the Sabres have been slumping of late and have lost 11 of their last 14 games. So with that said, it is important tonight for the Hawks not to play down to the Sabres. Recently called up Ben Smith will be in the lineup replacing Bickell on the 4th line as Coach Q has not pleased with Bicks performance of late.


Tonight's Expected Hawks Lineup:

Stalberg - Toews - Kane

Hossa - Kruger - Shaw

Brunette - Bolland - Hayes

Frolik - Mayers - Smith


Keith - Seabrook

Leddy - Hjalmarsson

Montador - O'Donnell


The Crow


Hawks Trade Rumors are Heating Up

One rumor has it that the Hawks may be interested in Anaheim's Defensemen Francois Beauchemin. If this happened, he'd be a great fit as he is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman the Hawks need right now. He also would be a positive to the Hawks power play. His contract would not be a concern as he's months away from unrestricted free agency and his cap hit currently would be about $1.9 million for the rest of the season.


Odds and Ends:

- Rookie Andrew Shaw has four goals in seven NHL games.

- Kaner has only three goals in his last 27 games. (UGH!!!)

- Yesterday, Daniel Carcillo was officially placed on Injured Reserve, and in fact underwent successful knee surgery on his ACL during the late morning. He is expected to be out 6 months.

- Patrick Sharp update, he is on-schedule for a 4-week recovery from his wrist injury.

- The Sabres have only 36 goals in twenty road games to date.

- Bolland and Stalberg each have five goals a piece in the last five games.

Thanks for reading.



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The Sabres have lost nine straight road games, are banged up even more than the Hawks, and seem to have quit on their coach. The hawks should handle these guys easily. They do desperately need defensive help, it boggled my mind that this weeks Hockey news had a nice article about the hawks defense, when in fact they have given up more goals than all but nine teams. I have heard Beauchemin and a few others and wouldnt be surprised if they dont do something sooner rather than later. Also, scout Derek Roy tonight. The little centre has been banged up and having a poor year but a change of scenery would do him a world of good and I could see him in Chicago centering the second line. I hope not, I am a Wings fan, lol but think he is a perfect fit, fixing a glaring weakness.

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