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The Bruins are in Chicago to skate with the Blackhawks tonight at the United Center. The Bruins, who will be without the services of defensemen Mark Stuart (broken sternum) and Dennis Wideman (undisclosed injury), are looking to snap a 2 game skid. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have registered back-to-back shutout wins.

Know Your Enemy

Chicago Blackhawks (21-8-3)

Head Coach: Joel Quenneville

SB Nation's Blackhawks Blog: Second City Hockey

Leading Scorer


G A P +/- PIM
2009 - Patrick Kane 10 23 33 11 12

4 players with 9 goals (Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg, & Duston Byfuglien)

Goaltending


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Cristobal Huet 25 1465 15 7 51 2.09 587 536 .913 2


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Antti Niemi 8 480 6 1 12 1.50 191 179 .937 3

 

Injury Report

Boston
Milan Lucic (Out; Ankle)
Mark Stuart (Out; Broken Sternum)
Dennis Wideman (Doubtful; Undisclosed)


Chicago Blackhawks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cam Barker other-excused 12/17/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Dave Bolland back 11/06/2009
Adam Burish knee 09/22/2009

 

Projected Lines

Boston

Marco Sturm
Marc Savard
Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille
Patrice Bergeron
Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler
David Krejci
Byron Bitz
Steve Begin
Vladimir Sobotka
Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara Derek Morris
Andy Wozniewski Andrew Ference
Matt Hunwick
Johnny Boychuk/ Adam McQuaid

 

Chicago

Patrick Sharp
Jonathan Toews
Marian Hossa
Dustin Byfuglien
Kris Versteeg
Patrick Kane
Andrew Ladd
John Madden
Troy Brouwer
Ben Eager
Colin Fraser
Tomas Kopecky
Duncan Keith Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson Brian Campbell
Cam Barker/Jordan Hendry
Brent Sopel

 

Notes:

- Chicago is 14-3-1 at home

- Chicago has allowed just 2.00 goals per game this season

- The top three teams in face-off percentage are also the top three teams in killing penalties and in my opinion that is not a coincidence (Boston, San Jose, & Chicago).

- If you are in Chicago and you are heading to the game, be sure to pick up a copy of "The Committed Indian" game day program and check out my Q&A with Sam Fels from "The Committed Indian" and Second City Hockey (which I also recommend checking out).

- Patrick Kane celebrated his 21st birthday by begrudgingly agreeing to appear at a charity event to restore his image and spending the night listening to a drunk Vince Vaughn tell him how money he is: (no cabbies were harmed in the making of this video)

- This is the first of a 3 game road trip for the B's who will make stops in Chicago, Toronto, and Ottawa in the next 4 days.

- Game starts at 8:30 and can be seen on NESN and NHL Network. Open thread starts at 8:00.

Today's Obligatory Embarrassing Blackhawks Fan YouTube Video (Language NSFW)