This is our second meeting this season against the Hawks and we lost the first one 2-1. That was then, this is now. The Kings are playing much better and I think have a more cohesive team. Chicago is playing excellent and is 1st in the Western Division with 50 points. The thing about Chicago is they have a lot of scoring on their team. Hossa with 40 pts, Stalburg with 22 and even Keith on defense has 22 pts. This just goes to reinforce that offense wins games and puts you in first place. Let’s hope Anze can pony up a few for us tonight!
Found this picture of Coach Darryl Sutter back when he played for the Blackhawks. Sutter was drafted by the Hawks in 1978 and retired with them in 1987. He coached with them in some way or another until 1995. Isn’t it funny how he looks the same?
Sutter said on Hammond’s site, “They built around a great young captain, and it’s a great hockey club. Plus, you look at the last month, what they’ve been doing, and it’s the best team in the league right now.’’ This is an interesting quote to me. He talks about how well the Hawks are doing this past month. They have scored 4 or more goals in each of the last 5 games. They lead the league in goals. This is a given, but what about how great they are because they are built arounda great young captain. Makes me wonder how that bodes well for Brown.
- Gagne is out on IR with a concussion. Unfortunately, he is concussion prone and who knows how long he will be out. He may not have given us many goals, but at least those few are treasures at this point.
- Loktionov will replace Gagne on the LW.
- Chicago has beaten the Kings the last 7 games in a row. I’m guessing their won’t be an 8.
- Patrick Kane will probably not play tonight due to the flu. Good.
Not sure if Quick is in goal tonight, but I believe so. I’ll leave the lineup the same as last game except with Lokti/Gagne change.
# 15 Richardson – # 11 Kopitar – # 23 Brown
# 48 Loktionov – # 10 Richards – # 22 Lewis
#25 Penner– #28 Stoll – # 14 Williams
# 13 Clifford – # 24 Fraser – # 19 Westgarth
# 8 Doughty – # 7 Scuderi
# 26 voynov –# 33 Mitchell
# 22 Greene – # 3 Johnson
# 32 Quick
# 45 Bernier
(subject to change)
#25 Viktor Stalberg – #19 Jonathan Toews – #88 Patrick Kane
#10 Patrick Sharp – #16 Marcus Kruger – #81 Marian Hossa
#27 Jeremy Morin – #36 Dave Bolland – #15 Andrew Brunette
#29 Bryan Bickell – #22 Jamal Mayers – #67 Michael Frolik
#2 Duncan Keith – #7 Brent Seabrook
#4 Niklas Hjalmarsson – #8 Nick Leddy
#6 Sean O’Donnell – #5 Steve Montador
#50 Corey Crawford
#30 Ray Emery
Go Kings! Go!