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The Bruins will look to snap a 3-game losing streak this afternoon when they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to the TD Banknorth Garden. Chicago enters today's game having won their last two contests.

Just who are these Blackhawks you speak of?
Chicago Blackhawks 36-17-9 (81 pts); 2nd in Central, 4th in West

Leading Scorers


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Jonathan Toews 26 28 54 12 41


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Martin Havlat 21 36 57 21 24


G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Patrick Kane 20 36 56 2 38



Goaltending
GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Cristobal Huet 35 1986 18 12 3 3 79 2.39 913 834 .913 3


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Antti Niemi 2 82 1 0 1 0 3 2.20 30 27 .900 0


Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Ben Eager: 9 Fighting Majors
Matt Walker: 8 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
Second of two meetings
Previous Meeting: 11/12 @ CHI 2-1 SO WIN

Injury Report

Boston
LW Marco Sturm: IR/Out for Season (Knee)
D Steve Montador: Doubtful (Flu-like Symptoms)


Chicago Blackhawks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kris Versteeg other-excused 03/06/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Samuel Pahlsson other-illness 02/01/2009
Nikolai Khabibulin groin 02/12/2009
Brent Sopel undisclosed 12/30/2008
Patrick Sharp knee 02/15/2009

Notes:

- Steve Montador sat out yesterday's practice with flu-like symptoms. He will likely sit out today's game.

- I would expect to see Tim Thomas in goal again today.

- Whoever does start in goal for the B's will likely see a lot of vulcanized rubber. The Blackhawks average 33.2 shots on goal per game. In their last five games, Chicago has averaged 39.4 shots on goal.

- One area where the Bruins have an edge in this game is in the face-off circle. The Blackhawks rank 28th in the league at the dot (47.1%).

- Game starts at 1:00, public skate (open thread) starts at noon

- For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey...even though they think our fair city is a "shithole"

Pick the First Bruin to Score Challenge
Submit your pick for who you think will be the first Bruin to score a goal today by leaving a comment . No one correctly predicted Chuck Kobasew as the first goal scorer last game.