This Sunday No Good for the Chicago Blackhawks and Illinois State Redbirds

Craig NuzzoCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2009

The Chicago Blackhawks (36-19-9) fell to the last place Colorado Avalanche (29-36-1) today, by a score of 5-1 (worst home loss of the season), in front of a Chicago crowd at the United Center earlier today.

The win snapped Colorado's six-game losing streak, while the 'Hawks have now lost two in a row. Not to mention, Blackhawks' star winger Martin Havlat left the game in the second period with a lower body injury.

The 'Hawks can not afford losing too many games if they want home ice advantage in the playoffs. Which should prove crucial for this Chicago hockey team.

For more on the 'Hawks-Avs game click here.

Next On: The 'Hawks will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes (35-27-5) on Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 7:30 PM CT. Coverage in the Chicagoland area will be provided by Comcast SportsNet.

The Illinois State Redbirds played the Northern Iowa Panthers in a nationally broadcasted game on CBS today, in which the winner gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

The 'Birds fell to the Panthers by a score of 60-57 in overtime play. The Panthers have now successfully defeated the 'Birds in three straight games this season.

ISU will need a ton of luck to get into the tournament on Selection Sunday, Mar. 15 at 5:00 PM CT. Coverage will be provided by CBS. For a full television schedule of the NCAA Tournament click here.

Today was definitely not a good day for the nuzzo news' sports.